Endorsed Continues Hot Streak, Takes G2 Gulfstream Park Mile

March 4, 2023

Endorsed and Tyler Gaffalione roll home in the Gulfstream Park Mile (Coglianese)

Heavily Favored Charge It Runs Second, Beaten 1 ½ Lengths

Gulfstream Park Press Release

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.— Mark D. Breen’s Endorsed continued to show his affinity for Gulfstream Park as he won the $200,000 WinStar Gulfstream Park Mile (G2) in an upset on Saturday.

The Gulfstream Park Mile for 4-year-olds and up was the fifth of nine stakes, eight graded, worth $1.85 million in purses on a blockbuster 14-race program anchored by the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) for 3-year-olds.

Sent off at odds of 5-1, Endorsed beat Whisper Hill Farm LLC’s Charge It, the 3-5 favorite, to the finish line. The two horses had engaged at the top of the stretch, but it was Endorsed and jockey Tyler Gaffalione, who spurted ahead and defeated Charge It by 1 ½ lengths.

Endorsed ($13.80) won for the fourth time in nine career starts at Gulfstream; this was also his third straight victory. Trained by Mike Maker, Endorsed won the Fred Hooper (G3) in his first start of the year.

The 7-year-old Endorsed is a son of Medaglia d’Oro. He has seven wins in 34 career starts and has also finished second eight times and third in five other races.

Charge It, a 4-year-old son of Tapit, had earned the favorite’s role in the nine-horse field after winning an optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream on Feb. 5. That was his first start off a seven-month layoff.

The final time for the mile over the fast track was 1:35.25.

Third place went to Tami Bobo and Tristan De Meric’s Simplification, who was making his first start since a seventh-place finish in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.

$200,000 WinStar Gulfstream Park Mile (G2) Quotes

Winning trainer Mike Maker (Endorsed): “It looked he was traveling well the whole race in perfect position and when it came time, he was the best horse.”

“I really think he likes it here. He had a really good winter here last year. He was fourth in the Pegasus. He’s coming to hand right now.”

Winning jockey Tyler Gaffalione (Endorsed): “My horse broke alertly. I looked to my outside and [jockey] Irad [Ortiz Jr. aboard Nitrous Channel] wasn’t pressing [Charge It] so I went ahead and let my horse run a little bit. He just kept gaining confidence and building on that and in the stretch he just put them away.”

“Going into the far turn I was about a half-length off [Charge It]. I let my horse out a bit and he just kept building on that. He gave me the confidence and I could feel him getting more confident. He put it all together today. It was a big effort. All the credit to [trainer] Mike [Maker] and his team. They really figured this horse out and he’s proven it now.”

Trainer Todd Pletcher (Charge It, 2nd, beaten favorite): “[Jockey Luis Saez] said he ran well. He was just kind of under pressure most of the way and got a little bit intimidated. Then when he pulled him out he surged a little bit again but was a little bit green. It kind of reminded me of the way he ran in the Florida Derby last year. He’s kind of still figuring things out. He’s still a horse that’s light on experience and hopefully some more races under his belt will help that.”

“We kind of talked about maybe coming back in the Oaklawn Handicap [G2, April 22]. We’ll see. I don’t think he did anything today to knock us off course for considering that.”

@jonathanstettin I for one can still actually feel the pall cast over the crowd and game that day. It was palpable. Kudos 2/2

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