07/04/2017 6:23PM

General McGooby takes Not Surprising Stakes; Gaffalione wins 7 on card

Leslie Martin
Tyler Gaffalione tied the Gulfstream Park record by winning seven races on Tuesday's card, including the Martha Washington Stakes on Adorable Miss. But Gaffalione's bid for an eighth win was foiled when he finished second on Bronson in the Not Surprising Stakes, won by General McGooby.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Beating Todd Pletcher anytime at Gulfstream Park is a tall order. Beating the red-hot Tyler Gaffalione on Tuesday proved nearly as formidable a task. But trainer Lilli Kurtinecz and jockey Ramsey Zimmerman managed to beat them both in the $100,000 Not Surprising Stakes with former claimer General McGooby.

General McGooby rode the rail and the lead to a three-quarter-length decision over Pletcher’s odds-on Bronson, preventing Gaffalione from establishing a Gulfstream Park record for wins on a program.

Gaffalione ended the 11-race Fourth of July card with seven wins, tying the record held by Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.

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General McGooby had been winless in five starts since capturing his career debut under a $25,000 claiming tag last fall at Gulfstream Park West. Zimmerman was able to get son of General Quarters away running from his inside post position to set the pace along the rail in the one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds. The pair settled into the stretch with a clear advantage, then withstood a final surge from Gaffalione and Bronson.

Bronson broke from post 9 and had to settle near the rear of the field while forced a bit wide into the opening bend. He commenced his bid while still wide leaving the backstretch, continued willingly while well out near the middle of the track turning for home, but could not quite get to the winner. Coleman Rocky finished third.

General McGooby paid $22.

Earlier in the day, Pletcher and Gaffalione teamed up to capture the $100,000 Martha Washington with the heavily favored Adorable Miss, who registered a three-quarter-length victory over the 31-1 Katinka in the one-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Adorable Miss, easy winner of the Honey Ryder Stakes here on May 6, stalked Katinka’s pace from the outset, forged clear in early stretch, and maintained her advantage under strong handling from Gaffalione. Katinka, who owned only a single win in seven previous starts, fought on gamely after being headed, and held second by 1 ½ lengths over Fancy Kitten.

Adorable Miss, a daughter of Kitten’s Joy owned by Mathis Stable, completed a mile on the firm course in 1:35.59 and paid $3.