by Jerry Shottenkirk
July 27, 2019
Jockey Cristian Torres has had a phenomenal beginning to his career, which officially began April 6.
Torres, who gets the 10-pound apprentice allowance, is a rising star at Gulfstream Park, and a look at the upcoming Pick 5 on Saturday further indicates he’s spent very little time in getting ‘live’ mounts. On this week’s $48 suggested ticket, Torres has a legit chance to win four of the races.
South Florida horsemen has been quick to recognize Torres’ talents and since July 1, no name has occurred more on the Gulfstream overnight sheet. He has won 16 of 93 starts (17 percent) this month and trails only the always-tough pair of Edgard Zayas and Emisael Jaramillo. Since the beginning of career, he’s won on 31 of 205 and is fifth during that time behind Zayas, Miguel Vasquez, Jaramillo and Jairo Rendon since April.
Torres rides Fiamma Mamma in the second, and combined with trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr.’s 33-percent win percentage off the claim, he fits in the mix, which is sizable in an even race.
Torres also is aboard as Trappe Me Later is in the third race as goes for her third straight win, and adds to his chances with Perfect Enough in the fourth and Gemologister in the fifth.
Torres, 21, learned the ropes as a exercise rider for trainer Mark Casse for 1.5 years. A native of Puerto Rico who was raised in Orlando, Torres’ rise in a veteran jockey colony likely will get plenty of attention in the race for Eclipse Award for apprentice rider.
Here’s a suggested ticket for the Pick 5 Saturday at Gulfstream Park:
1) #1 Samurai’sfirstlady. #3 Madison Blues.
2) #1 Angelic Knugget, #5 Waikiki, #6 Fiamma Mamma, #7 Too Stylish.
3) #3 Trappe Me Later, #7 Body High, #8 Denver.
4) #2 Perfect Enough, #4 Sheldor.
5) #6 Gemologister, #9 Old Timer’s Day.
50-cent Pick Five: 1-3 with 1-5-6-7 with 3-7-8 with 2-4 with 6-9 ($48).