When trainer Joe Orseno opted to base his stable at Gulfstream Park during the spring and summer for the first time, he found himself in need of a few more horses to fill stalls left empty when a longtime client moved on. When he got wind of Frank and Patricia Generazio's interest in racing horses in South Florida during the summer months, the veteran trainer was quick to contact the owners/breeders.
“I heard Mr. Generazio was looking to keep horses in South Florida. When I lost my outfit, I decided to make some phone calls. I called him, and he said, 'Well, if you're staying there, I'm going to send you a couple and give you a shot,'” Orseno recalled. “It was a pleasant surprise, and we got off to a nice start.”
The first horse Orseno saddled for the Generazios visited the Gulfstream Park winner's circle May 4, when Keepthedreamalive returned from a 10-month layoff to register a gutsy triumph in a stakes-quality allowance. The homebred son of Leroidesanimaux is scheduled to return to action in Saturday's$100,000 Soldier's Dancer at Gulfstream.
“He's a Florida-bred and Mr. Generazio decided he wanted to have some Florida-breds stay down here year-round. He gave me the opportunity to train him,” Orseno said. “This horse came to me with a good bottom in him from the farm and I just put the finishing touches on him. I looked up his races and watched his style of running and I just thought that him being a Florida-bred he'd be a pretty tough horse down here in the summertime.”
The impressive and enduring success of Frank and Patricia Generazio's breeding program was highlighted on the Belmont Stakes undercard last Saturday, when their homebred Disco Partner set a world record for six-furlongs on turf while winning the Jaipur (G3) in 1:05.87. The scores of stakes winners produced by the Generazios' breeding program include multiple Grade 1 stakes-winner Presious Passion, who earned nearly $2.7 million, and Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq, who banked more than $1 million.
“I've known Mr. and Mrs. Generazio for 30 years, maybe longer. I never knew they've had so many horses and so many nice horses. They're really big in the game,” said Orseno who has forged a 23-percent win rate by saddling nine winners from 37 starters during the spring meet. “They keep a low profile but they have a nice program. They keep coming up with them.”
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