03/16/2011 4:07PM

Gulfstream: Lopez returns a winner


Jockey Paco Lopez, who had not ridden since sustaining elbow injuries in a riding mishap here on Feb. 18, returned a winner on Wednesday when picking up the mount aboard the favored Smart Sting and then guiding her to victory in the featured eighth race. Lopez, who held a commanding lead in the jockey standings at the time of his injury, also rode Dreaming of Rose to a third place finish in the finale.

      Meanwhile, the victory by Smart Sting helped save the Rainbow Pick-6 carryover which will start at $317,302 on Thursday.