The Venezuelan rider Júnior Alvarado prevailed over the Art Collector specimen in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, played as the most important test last Saturday in a selective afternoon at Gulfstream Park, with a prize of three million dollars.
Alvarado became the first Venezuelan whip to win the race that has been held seven times and is considered one of the most important on the Florida circuit.
Art Collector ran expectantly for most of the course, while the sprinters marked partials of 23:61 for the first 400 meters and 47, was the record for the half mile.
Halfway through the final 400 meters, Art Collector and Alvarado put pressure on the leaders Defunded, ridden by Irad Ortiz, and Stilleto Boy with Mike Smith, who passed in 1:11.82, the 1.200 meters, to move them around the outside of the track and limiting himself to galloping easily to the finish line and achieving victory in a time of 1:49,44 for the 1.800 meters and four lengths ahead of Defunded, who held second position ahead of Stileto Boy. Fourth finished Last Samurai and closed the Proxy board.
It was the 20th victory in 1 starts for the William I. Mott-trained man, his second Grade-XNUMX test and the fifth selective of his campaign.
Art Collector is a son of Bernardini in Distorted, by Distorted Humor, winner of the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga and the Charles Town Classic Stakes run at Charles Town.
In this way, the Venezuelan Júnior Alvarado, who last week achieved his 2.000th victory in the United States, consolidated himself as one of the best jockeys abroad.
The connections of the horse Art Collector study the millionaire programming that his pupil has to decide his next performance.
“Thank God for this important victory that we achieved in Florida. I dedicate it to my family and to the Venezuelan horse racers”, affirmed the prominent jockey from Barquisimeto who began his career in American racetracks in 2007, after outstanding performances at the La Rinconada Racetrack and frequently rides in New York, but due to the winter and the intense cold, he ventured into the meeting in Florida.
The second. The first was Javier Castellanos