Caribbean Classic

Puerto Rico’s Top Trainer Back At Gulfstream Seeking More ‘Clasico’ Success

If Jose Dan Velez looks as if he’s been here before, there’s a reason. The leading trainer in Puerto Rico this year was at Gulfstream Park last December, when he saddled Mishegas to victory in the Copa Invitacional. But the comfort factor doesn’t stop there. Velez, 42, spent the winter of 2017-18 in South Florida […]

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‘We Represent The Country’: Panama’s ‘Droopy’ Rodriguez Goes For Fourth ‘World Cup’ Of Caribbean Racing

When friends first began calling him “Droopy,” a nickname that stemmed from his likeness to the animated hound dog with saggy cheeks, it angered Alberto Paz Rodriguez. He would lash back in protest, only to make matters worse. “I used to get real mad when they called me Droopy,” he said. “But when you get […]

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‘A Major, Major Boost’: Jamaica Returns To Clasico Del Caribe After Many Years

For an island nation that many call the “Heart of the Caribbean,” Jamaica has in recent years been largely invisible in the eyes of the racing world, an annual no-show in the Clasico Internacional del Caribe. No longer. Two Jamaican-bred colts are expected to take part in Sunday’s Clasico at Gulfstream Park, ending a long […]

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Stars Winning, Betting Boost Highlight ‘Incredible’ Atmosphere At Clásico Del Caribe

Total handle on the Clasico Internacional del Caribe program at Gulfstream Park Saturday was $9.617 million, surpassing last year’s $8.822 million total handle by 9 percent. Gulfstream became the first pari-mutuel facility outside Latin America or the Caribbean last year to play host to the Clasico Internacional del Caribe since its inception in 1966. Saturday’s […]

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Irad Ortiz Primed For Another Big Day At Clásico Del Caribe

Irad Ortiz Jr. has amassed a worldwide fan base while establishing himself as an elite jockey since arriving to the U.S. from Puerto Rico in 2011, but the 26-year-old rider’s talent and success have never been more vocally celebrated than during the Clasico Internacional del Caribe at Gulfstream Park last December. Ortiz Jr. was a […]

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The Friday Show: Passing Or Failing Grades?

Each year, the American Graded Stakes Committee reevaluates the grading system for the highest level races in the U.S., downgrading some from Grade 1 or Grade 2 and upgrading others from Grade 2 or 3. It’s an annual decision that has wide-ranging implications for the racing and breeding industries. In this special edition of The […]

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Clásico Del Caribe News Minute: What’s The Story?

With the Caribbean Classic event being held at Gulfstream Park for the second consecutive year, there are some storylines developing that make the event easier to follow for U.S. racing fans. In today’s edition of the Clásico del Caribe News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick go over what to watch for in the big […]

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Clásico Del Caribe News Minute: A Perfect ‘Solution’

The confederation that oversees horse racing in Caribbean countries entered a fortuitous alliance with the Stronach Group several years ago. That partnership later produced an answer to some difficult questions for the Confederacion Hípica del Caribe. Learn more about that in today’s Clásico del Caribe News Minute with Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick. Plus, the […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: High Altitude?

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the wildfires ravaging Southern California, specifically San Luis Rey Downs, a situation we will continue to monitor. Elsewhere, racing goes on and in South Florida, the spotlight shines this weekend on the Clasico del Caribe, a passionate event that has captivated the Caribbean region of Latin […]

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