By the numbers: Gulfstream’s Tapeta surface sees favorites win 36% clip E! News UK
The 2021-2022 Championship fixture will break new ground when the races take place on Gulfstream Park’s new Tapeta surface, as well as on grass and gravel, for the first time in the winter grandstand which kicks off on Friday.
The well-received all-season surface, which debuted at the first fall meet, was built with the advent of year-round racing at the Hallandale Beach circuit. While the turf course was being renovated in October and November in preparation for the championship fixture, the Tapeta course has proven to be a popular alternative surface to the main track.
Gulfstream is the first racetrack in the Americas to host all-season dirt, turf and surface races. There are no stakes provided on the Tapeta course, but the all-season running surface will be used in the event that the stakes are transferred from the grass course due to adverse conditions.
A total of 143 races were contested on the Tapeta course during the recent fall meet, while producing expected and perhaps unexpected results.
Horses that prefer grass to dirt performed well on the surface in all weather conditions, as is generally expected on the whole. After the first two weeks of racing on Tapeta, the horses that had made their last turf starts won 27 of 37 races for a whopping 73 percent. As the competition progressed and the horses started returning to Tapeta with no turf racing at their disposal, the percentage of horses going from Turf to All Weather Track dropped to 41%.
The favorites had a 36% win / strike rate.
Horses coming out of rhythm dominated in the first two weeks of racing on the Tapeta course, winning 22 of 37 races or 59 percent of races. At the end of the meeting, the closings succeeded at a 41% clip. After the first two weeks, only three horses won up front (8 percent), but the speedsters fared better as the competition went on to score 17 percent winning 25 of the 143 races. Horses pressing or stalking the beat won the rest of the races.
Saffie Joseph Jr., who topped the Fall Meet coaching rankings, picked up 21 of his 36 winners for all-season box wins. David Fawkes was second with 10 winners and significantly fewer starters.
Fall Meet champion Edgard Zayas led all the jockeys with 16 winners on Tapeta. Resurgent Chantal Sutherland, who finished second in the fall competition standings, was next with 13 winners.
The Gulfstream Championship meet kicks off on December 3 with a big weekend of high stakes racing, Claiming Crown and the popular calendar.
Friday’s 10-race program will be highlighted by two stakes races for 2-year-olds one-mile on turf in the $ 75,000 pulpit and $ 75,000 Wait a While for fillies.
The chair could attract a full squad including Eldon’s Prince, winner this summer and fall of the Armed Forces of Gulfstream and Proud Man, Kitodan, who busted his maiden at Gulfstream before finishing ninth in the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga, Duke of Love, who won his Woodbine debut for MyRacehorse and trainer Josie Carroll, and Red Danger, second behind Howling Wind in the Street Sense at Churchill Downs.
Possibilities for Wait a While include Lemieux, latest winner of the Brethren Juvenile Fillies Stakes, Myfavoritedaughter, fourth of Del Mar Debutante (G1) in September, Gun Boat, a War Front girl trained by Shug McGaughey, and Saffie Joseph -formed Sister. Lou Ann.
The first Saturday of the Gulfstream Championship meet will be marked by the Claiming Crown, a nine-race event offering $ 810,000 in purses. In addition to watching some of the race’s most popular blue-collar horses, fans can get their free 2022 calendar on Saturdays starting at noon. Calendars will be available at the north and south entrances.
Registrations for the Friday card will be taken on Tuesday.
December will also feature four graduated stakes on Saturday, December 18, with the Fort Lauderdale (G2) headlining at $ 200,000. The Gulfstream Championship will feature major races each week with spectacular weekend events including $ 5.2 million from Pegasus World Cup Day on January 29, $ 650,000 Holy Bull Day on February 5, $ 1.7 million from dollars from Fountain of Youth on March 5 and $ 2.2 million from Florida Derby Day in April. 2.
Gulfstream’s concert series will also debut at the Championship Meet in the Sport of Kings Theater with Jefferson Starship on January 2, The Wall and Beyond, an exclusive Pink Floyd experience on January 15, Voices of Classic Soul on January 20 and The Immediate. Family February 20.
For more information, visit: https://gulfstreampark.com/events-and-entertainment/event-calendar
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