01/05/2011 3:46PM

Gulfstream: Leading trainer Nick Zito


Nick Zito has taken the early lead in the trainer standings after sending out back to back winners on opening day. Zito wins came from unlikely sources, a $20,000 clamer S. S. Stone who dominated the fourth race and on the grass with Doctor Peach who led from start to finish before outlasting the 8-5 Upgrade under jockey Jose Lezcano.

   S. S. Stone was the only winner over the first six races not to win in a photo. The sixth race was the closest yet with first time starters Gazillion Kisses and even money Miss Smarty Pants finishing inches apart with the ormer gaining the decision under jockey Joel Rosario who came across country for the day to ride for trainer Wesley Ward.