01/05/2011 5:38PM

Gulfstream: Rosario a hit on either coast


Jockey Joel Rosario, among the top riders on the southern California circuit, put his talents on display at Gulfstream Park on opening day when riding a pair of winners for trainer Wesley Ward including Final Mesa in the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes. Rosario rated Final Mesa, who had not started since suffering her only defeat in the Grade 3 Sorrento on Aug. 6, off the expected pace of It's Me Mom, moved her to the lead entering the stretch then edged clear from the 30-1 Pomeroys Pistol in late stretch.   The two favorites,  Roxy Gap and Quantum Miss, were both disappointments failing to muster any kind of closing kicks while finishing third and fifth respectively.