05/28/2016 4:17PM

Applicator connects at 51-1 in Gleaming Stakes

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The 3-year-old Applicator, ridden by Leonel Reyes, pays $104.80 for his front-running victory in the 1 1/2-mile Gleaming.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -  In what can only be described as a stunning result, the 51-1 Applicator, a 3-year-old still eligible for his entry- level allowance condition, led from start to finish to upset older, proven three-turn horses in Saturday’s 1 1/2-mile , $75,000 Gleaming Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

With jockey Leonel Reyes aboard, Applicator controlled all the pace and then had enough left to withstand mild rallies from runner-up Quiet Force and the 2-1 Xaverian to register just his second victory in 16  career starts. Applicator did drift out nearing the wire, but a claim of foul by jockey Mathew Rispoli aboard Xaverian for alleged interference was quickly dismissed by the stewards.

Applicator, a son of Henrythenavigator trained by Mikhail Yanakov for Olympia Star Inc., had finished off the board in all three previous stakes starts. He had never raced beyond 1 1/16 miles prior to the Gleaming.

Applicator completed the distance in 2:28.53 over a “good” turf course and paid $104.80.

“We just wanted to try him at a mile and a half. I knew already that he’s a grass horse,” said Yanakov, who registered the first stakes victory of his training career. “The distance, we thought he might like it. I know he’s fast. I told [Reyes] to go to the front but to do it carefully. Now, only long races.”


Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
If they closed gulfsteam forever they would do everybody a favor.  This circuit is very similar in the type of jockeys to New York .you have some talented guys who absolutely can do anything on a horse and often chose to not. Win. I understand C Velasquez will be there  full time soon  he will be one more to aggravate bettors.  Tracks have to understand that people now own ultra high def big screen tvs .they can see what a rider is doing with his hands . Yesterday there was a 1/9 horse that ran 4th  after watching the replay several times I'm convinced the horse Manando was stiffed by his jockey this happened at pimlico but there were examples at gulfsteam too.this was just the clearest .Manando is a horse that has never past another horse in his life .he is a proven need to lead type yet Feargal Lynch saw fit to try and take him back .so here you have the lone speed of the race in the one hole .the only way he has ever won is on the lead and the jockey can be seen fighting the horse to not get the lead.the poor horse can be seen resenting the restraint by throwing his head. So after all this mr Lynch puts the horse behind 2 others on the rail and then goes to the outside pretending to close with a horse that simply never has and never will close. Where are the stewards out drinking?. Had this happened in Japan or Hong Kong Jockey Feargal Lynch would be looking at a long suspension and a stiff fine. But here anything goes.