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Gunnevera spectacular in Fountain of Youth (G2)
RSS Feeds Saturday, March 4, 2017 | Posted to: Dialed In
Dialed In is the sire of racing's newest millionaire. Gunnevera's win in the Fountain of Youth S. (G2) pushed the 3-year-old colt's earnings to $1,075,200 and also to the top of the Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifying system with 64 total points.

Dialed In was last year's leading First-Crop Sire and now moves near the of the 2017 Second-Crop Sire list with Gunnevera's win. 

Gunnevera was second in last month's Holy Bull S. (G2) after a very troubled trip, but jockey Javier Castellano kept the chestnut colt out of harm's way in Saturday's 1 1/16-mile contest.

With plenty of speed to his outside, Gunnevera dropped back to the back of the 10-horse field going into the first turn. He gained a little ground down the backstretch, then really kicked into gear on the final bend.

Passing horses rapidly while three wide, Gunnevera made up about 10 lengths and was neck and neck for the lead with Practical Joke at the top of the stretch. Practical Joke gave way outside the furlong marker, and Gunnevera continued to pour it on, winning by nearly six lengths in 1:44.25.

“I took my time with him. He’s a very professional horse'” said Castellano. “He’s a 3-year-old horse but he acts like a 6-year-old. He’s an old pro. The way he was in the post parade, he was very composed and he waited in the gate. He broke from the gate and I could have been a little closer to the pace and chased a little bit to secure my spot in the first turn but I didn’t. I took my time with him. I let him follow the pace and he started picking it up little by little. Turning for home, I knew I had it. I knew because of the way he did it when I asked him, he responded very well.”

“I was very lucky and very fortunate. Last time (in the Holy Bull), it was another thing. I tried to save ground and unfortunately I was completely stopped at the three-eighths pole,” Castellano added. "He lost his momentum and came back again but it was too late.”

Gunnevera, winner of the Saratoga Special S. (G2) and Delta Jackpot S. (G3) as a 2-year-old, is now 4-2-0 in eight starts for trainer Antonio Sano and Peacock Racing Stable.

"I am the happiness man on earth. I thank God, Antonio Sano and Javier Castellano – all three champions. This is my biggest win. I've been around horses since I was 5 years old. I've had as many as 40 horses in Venezuela,” said Peacock Racing’s Solomon Del-Valle through an interpreter. “Antonio bought this horse for $16,000. Incredible. I love this horse. I get up every day at 4 a.m. to see the horse. I was 100-percent sure he would win today."

Sano said the April 1st Florida Derby (G1) is Gunnevera’s next scheduled start before hopefully going on to the Kentucky Derby.