Gulfstream Park Press Release
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Luis Saez, already having clinched his second straight Championship Meet riding title, equaled Hall of Famer Javier Castellano’s single-season mark of 132 victories with a record-tying seven-win afternoon Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
Saez, 25, reached the milestone with Santera Stable Inc.’s Four Freedoms’ decisive victory in the 11th race finale, a $30,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-olds and up going six furlongs on the main track.
“It’s not easy to win races but we just came here and every horse ran good,” Saez said. “I feel very glad. It’s very special to come here and do pretty good. To tie the record with Javier is something big and I have to thank God and everyone that supports me.”
It was the second seven-win day of the Championship Meet for Saez, who achieved the feat Jan. 24. He is the first jockey in track history to reach seven wins twice, sharing the single-day record with Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey (March 11, 1995) and Tyler Gaffalione (July 4, 2017).
A native of Panama, Saez won with his first four mounts Thursday, scoring aboard Broomhill ($7.60) in the first race, Cosmic Halo ($12.20) in the third, Sound Values ($6.40) in fourth and Up the Road ($6.20) in the fifth, before finishing second in a photo finish on Winning Day in the sixth. He came win the seventh on Ox Eyed Daisy ($2.80) in the eighth with Take a Stroll ($7.40), and Four Freedoms in the 11th.
Saez now owns 38 multi-win days during the meet, winning four or more races six times. He is named in nine of 11 races Friday including No Sweat in the $75,000 Soaring Softly, and 11 of 14 races on Saturday’s stakes-filled Florida Derby Day program. He will ride Swale (G3) winner Strike Power in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1).
Castellano, who won five consecutive riding titles from 2011-12 to 2015-16, rode 132 winners in 2013-14.
“The other day I was thinking about it, I needed seven wins to tie the record,” Saez said. “I can’t believe we did something crazy like today. Now we keep working hard and try to win as many as we can.”