03/31/2013 6:47PM

Gulfstream Park: Coarsegold elevated to first in Secret Grace

Leslie Martin
Coarsegold, ridden by Joe Bravo, finishes three-quarters of a length behind Swear Me In, but the stewards disqualied the winner and placed her third for interference at the top of the stretch in the Secret Grace for 3-year-old fillies.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It took 94 seconds to run Sunday’s $55,000 Secret Grace Stakes at Gulfstream Park. It took an additional 12 minutes to declare a winner.

Though Swear Me In crossed the finish line first by three-quarters of a length, there were two jockey objections - but amazingly no inquiry - lodged against her and jockey Elvis Trujillo. After a lengthy review, the stewards disqualified Swear Me In from first and placed her third behind Coarsegold, who had finished second at 10-1 under Joe Bravo, and Coffee Clique, the 4-5 favorite under Joe Rocco Jr., who crossed the finish line third. Bravo and Rocco both claimed foul.

 The incident in question came approaching the top of the stretch when Swear Me In, who had gotten shuffled back to fourth after dueling for the lead, attempted to move off the rail. When Trujillo guided her off the hedge, it forced Bravo to steady while getting carried out. Coffee Clique, With Sugar On Top, and Fab Flowers were also carried out.

 Street Gem had the lead in midstretch, but Swear Me In collard her in deep stretch while outfinishing Coarsegold, who finished second by one length over Coffee Clique.

 “I thought she took the worst of it. She clearly would have been closer had it not happened,” Mark Hennig, the trainer of Coarsegold, said. “I was very proud of her for re-rallying. She was sitting in there waiting to pounce. She got carried out pretty good. Her head went up in the air and I thought she was going to clip heels for a second. I’m relieved it all worked out.”

Jane Cibelli, the trainer of Swear Me In, said she thought her horse was clear when the other horses bolted.

 “She came out but they had already bolted when she came through,” Cibelli said. “It is what it is, but I’m not happy about it. I just thought she was clear. I’m shocked they took her down.”

 Coarsegold, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway owned by Walter Burris, returned $22 to win.


Bob Quinn More than 1 year ago
Bravo overreacted and caused the chain reaction. The 1 was clear by over a length. The 1 had a right to that spot on the track. Bad decision. I didn't bet the race. No dog in the fight here. JMHO.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
3 blind mice at g.p. didn't earn the right to be a steward. appointed for past friendships. all 3 totally unqualified. all stews at all tracks should be required to take a course and learn the rules and then, pass a test. a nationwide test. they should also alternate to different tracks every 2-3 years. they are so inconsistent from track to track that they are a complete joke.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Racing if it wants to be a major sport has to be played the same way at every track.With differt rules on betting and other things it make's it harder for new fan's to get comfortable.
kevin r More than 1 year ago
Lost the Pick 4 and about $500 due to the dq. Watched the race a dozen times. Horrible angle to see from the head on. But from the side view, you see the 1 was clear by over a length when he made the move. The 4 bolted anyway and took out the rest of the field. If the 1 was clear and the 4 bolted anyway, then the 4 should have been dq'd.
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
Really? You and Jane should throw a pity party. Amazing that the 1 was clear and still took out half of the field.
kevin r More than 1 year ago
Did you even watch the race? Have you looked at the side angle? The 4 took out the field. Even if the 1 caused it, the 4 only would have gone to the 3 path, not the 5 path. The horse and jockey over reacted.
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
Swear Me In was the best horse in the race. However, she should have come all the way down. How do you take her down and only drop her to third? Who is running that place?
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
seriously? Tell me the 7 horse was not impacted by that. The stewards take a horse down and only drop her to third? Dumb, dumb call.
kevin r More than 1 year ago
7 was already being passed on the far turn. She was done. You talk about my pitty party; I assume you had money on the 7.
GoBlackBusiness More than 1 year ago
That was ha horrible call...all horses jumped at the same time trying to get outside the 3 horse, there was no contact at all..BS call...
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
you are an idiot.
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
Four horses bolted at the same time? Wow. Watch a race once in a while.
kevin r More than 1 year ago
Would love it to hear the stewards explanation of why the did the dq.
mikey More than 1 year ago
The stewards at gulfstream are the worst in the business.They have no clue not to put the inquiry up was a joke.They must be watching the NCAA.This meetthey have not acted as if they have a clue.Who ever appoints them is a idot.Why not let the fans watch them make these calls.After all we the bettors are the ones who get it in the back.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
Pretty obvious right turn on Trujillo's part. I don't know how the trainer of the 1 could say she thought her horse was clear? I will refer to The Trainer's Book Of Excuses To Owner's To Explain Obvious Loses and see what Jane Cibelli was referring to. Good on Joe Bravo for snatching another Gulfstream Park stake race. Old Joe just never really gets his due but he can still ride with the best of them. Didn't say he was one of the best just that he can still get the job done when called upon. Check out the pp's for Little Mike the Breeders Cup Turf winner and see the name Bravo several times. That a boy Joe.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
What a BS call. He's trying to get around the #3. What else is he supposed to do? The #4 went wide as a result, but that's part of racing. Thankful for the California stewards.
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
What? She took 3 horses out. She should have come all the way down. Thank god you are not a steward.
Tom Wilson More than 1 year ago
Horrible dq. C olson is a moron!!
mikec203 More than 1 year ago
The embarrassment is on the part of the stewards. Seriously, no inquiry? Are the Gulftsream stewards sleeping while the race is run?
kevin r More than 1 year ago
I had the 1 and wasn't worried about the objection because their was no inquiry. Rarely see a dq happen in those circumstances.
Ghostzapper More than 1 year ago
Is Cibelli serious? That's a bit of an embarrassing assessment.
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
Yes, Jane. 4 horses decided to bolt all at the same time. Go back to Tampa, baby.