Edwin Gonzalez wins three races after returning to riding at Gulfstream Park.
Edwin Gonzalez made a rapid return to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle Saturday, scoring victories aboard his first two mounts while notching a three-win day on his first day of riding since sustaining a hairline fraction in his right leg in a July 3 mishap.
The 30-year-old journeyman, who ranked third with 59 victories during his first Spring/Summer Meet at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach, Fla., when he went to the sidelines, won aboard Mark Casse-trained Credibility ($6.60) in Race 3 and Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Harper Be Good ($15.20) in Race 6. He came back to score with his fifth and last mount of the day, Dem a Wonder ($11) in Race 11.
“Coming back after two months off, I have to get that ground back,” Gonzalez said. “I have to keep working and the winning will take care of itself.”
Gonzalez, who relocated from Penn National in late March, notched his 1500th career victory June 12 at Gulfstream, where he has won four stakes – Powder Break and Ginger Punch aboard Shifty She, English Channel on Yes This Time, and Sunny Isles aboard Caribou Club – during the Spring/Summer Meet. He had been scheduled to ride Miles Ahead in the $200,000 Grade 3 Smile Sprint on the July 3 program. Filling in for Gonzalez, Victor Espinoza rode Miles Ahead to victory in the Summit of Speed co-feature.
“I want to thank all the trainers – Casse and Saffie have helped me a lot – and my agent. It’s so hard here. I have the opportunity to keep going, win races and work hard, like I did before,” said Gonzalez, whose is represented by agent Kevin Meyocks.
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