Although he has ridden infrequently at Gulfstream Park, jockey Victor Lebron did achieve a career milestone at the historic South Florida track while scoring his 1000th victory on Feb. 2, 2011.
Lebron made a visit to the Gulfstream winner's circle Saturday that may well lead to the native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands spending a lot more time at the Hallandale Beach racetrack. He guided Supercommittee to a commanding five-length triumph in the $100,000 Ginger Punch to notch his first stakes win of his first Spring Meet at Gulfstream.
“I'm trying to break in here and stay here during the Championship Meet. It's always good to come early,” Lebron said. “I hope to build my business and head into the Championship Meet.”
Supercommittee ($9.40) made his job easy Saturday, breaking well from the gate and rating off the pace contested by Faith N Hope and Untrue through fractions of 24.88 and 49 seconds for the first half-mile of the 1 1/16-mile stakes for Florida-bred fillies and mares that was transferred from turf to a muddy main track. Lebron asked the 4-year-old daughter of The Factor for some run leaving the backstretch, and she responded by sweeping to the lead past an advancing Weekend Mischief on the turn into the homestretch and drawing off to victory.
“We had comfortable trip. She broke sharp. Going to the half-mile I had a lot of horse,” Lebron said. “I saw [Emisael] Jaramillo pick up his horse [Weekend Mischief] going to the three-eighth and started to ride. I knew I was loaded. I decided to wait and make the right move.”
Trained by Robert Falcone Jr. for Next Wave Racing, B G Stable and Dario Bernardi, Supercommittee ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.50 to win her first stakes while also collecting her first triumph on dirt. The 4-year-old filly, who had been previously trained by the late Richard Violette and Chad Brown, was making her second start for Falcone after finishing third in the Powder Break over the Gulfstream turf April 27. Midnight Soiree closed under Luca Panici to finish second, two lengths ahead of Passion Plus and Edgard Zayas.
Lebron has ridden the winners of 1,705 races and more than $29 million in purses during his career that began in the U.S. Virgin Island before a move to the U.S. in 2005.
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