12/05/2015 2:09PM

Runs With Bulls slides up rail to upset Claiming Crown Iron Horse

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Runs With Bulls wins the Claiming Crown Iron Horse by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Runs With Bulls and jockey Javier Castellano splashed up the rail to overtake the favored Twocubanbrothersu in posting a mild upset Saturday in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse at Gulfstream Park in south Florida.

Twocubanbrothersu, the 6-5 favorite in a field of 10, had drawn off to a commanding lead with a quarter-mile to go in the 1 1/16-mile race contested over a wet and sealed main track, but the well-timed inside run of Runs With Bulls carried him past for a triumph of three-quarters of a length.

Runs With Bulls, a 6-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Flashy Bull, paid $11.20 after finishing in 1:43.63. He now has won 9 of 36 starts.

Twocubanbrothersu barely out-nodded the 21-1 shot Roll On the Navajo for second, while the 90-1 shot El Gran Joyful was fourth.

Owned by the Loooch Racing Stables of Ron Paolucci, Runs With Bulls was making his first start since being transferred this fall from the Tony Rini barn at Thistledown and into the care of local trainer Peter Walder.

“He’d really done well since he got down here,” said Walder.

Castellano has been the leading jockey at each of the last four championship meets at Gulfstream and once again plans to ride here full time this winter.

The $2 exacta (2-1) paid $28.20, the $1 trifecta (2-1-10) returned $139.70, and the 10-cent superfecta (2-1-10-9) was worth $135.52.

Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
Kudos Mr. McGee for what I believe was your accurate statement,Twocubanbrothersu "had drawn off to a commanding lead with a quarter-mile to go" but I feel reinsman Centeno would have been better served concentrating on keeping his horse on the rail, when turning for home, especially taking into account the difficulty the horse had negotiating the first turn in the race, than needlessly looking behind and drifting out into the 5 path in this horribly ridden race by him and inexcusable run on sentence from me. On a track that is sloppy and not sealed, the 5 path or "crown" of the track can often offer the best footing. On this strip, that was sealed, JJ Castellano showed the rail was fine. Guess who I had singled as my "linchpin" in multiple race wagers???