Claudio Gonzalez, who led all trainers in Maryland last year with 84 victories while securing training titles during Laurel's summer and fall meets, claimed Afleet Willy on a cloudy day out of a victory over a sealed, muddy track two days after Christmas in 2015.
The son of Wilburn has turned out to be a gift that keeps giving and giving and giving….
Since claiming Afleet Willy for BB Horses, Gonzalez has watched the 5-year-old win 10 of 20 races and earn more than $325,000. Having won four of his last six races – and three stakes in the Native Dancer and Dave's Friend at Laurel and the Governors Day Handicap at Delaware – Afleet Willy will start in Saturday's $100,000 John B. Campbell.
The Campbell is one of six stakes on Saturday's Winter Carnival Day at Laurel Park highlighted by the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie (G2) and $250,000 General George (G3).
Gonzalez, exercise rider Alexis Valdes and groom Cesar Magdaleno speak about the barn's big horse in the video below:
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