— Jennie Rees
Within 90 minutes Thursday at Gulfstream Park, jockeys Carlos J. Hernandez and Alvaro Donis both earned their first career victories.
Hernandez, in his 12th start, got things started by guiding Jorge Navarro-trained C D Gold to a 1 1/4-length victory over favored Right On Ready in the third race for $6,250 claimers.
Donis, in his 16th start, urged the Louisiana-bred, Allen Iwinsky-trained Lovely Elle to a half-length score at 13-1 over 18-1 Poor Etiquette in the sixth race for $16,000 claimers.
Coglianese Photography’s team on hand at Gulfstream Park got outstanding pictures of the traditional “initiation” first-time winners receive at the hands of their comrades while returning to the jockey quarters.