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Pulling The Strings

Posted by on 2/25/2014 9:02:59 PM

One of the intriguing things about every runner and person that steps on the Triple Crown Trail every year is that there are always different stories and different ways to skin a cat that all online sports betting site players can adapt to their own situation.

The men and women that pull the strings that make runners perform to the top of their ability do things differently and Wildcat Red’s trainer Jose Garoffalo has his won way of achieving success.

He had his charge fine-tuned to win the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream last weekend and he obviously knew exactly what he was doing.

The Venezuelan-born Garoffalo has been around horses his entire life and this is not his first rodeo at the age of 50. He started in the business assisting in his family’s breeding operation and later trained a string of horses in Caracas.

He paid his dues attending the Venezuelan Academy of Throughbred Trainers and attended law school at the same time.

Unlike a lot of people, Garoffalo had options after completing degrees from the Academy and from law school but he went with his gut and his passion.

After having success in his native land, Garoffalo’s clients urged him to kick up his career in America and he did just that saddling his first horse at Hialeah in 1999.

Garoffalo has a good eye for a horse and he purchased Wildcat Red on the behalf of owner Salvatore Delfino. He had $30,000 to spend and after watching Red train as a juvenile at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales, he immediately saw the runner’s potential.

Garoffalo thought Red would bring much more that $30,000 but he got lucky and the rest as they say is history.

There were questions whether Wildcat Red could get the 8 and a half-furlong distance of the Fountain of Youth but Garoffalo had a plan. Before the Fountain of Youth, Garoffalo said “I’ve been training the horse for longer distances since December. When you watch him train you can see his pace is very steady throughout. So, from the bottom of my heart I feel he will handle 2 turns with no problem. I trained him for distance with a lot of long gallops.”

On the top side, Wildcat Red is bred to sprint but his broodmare sire Miner’s Mark won a Grade 1 at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter so there is a precedent for success.

Garoffalo has trained stakes winners in the past and for the record he has won 325 races with 2390 starters for a near 14% clip and his runners have earned nearly $7 million.

There are some ploys that Garoffalo uses to succeed. He has hit with 18% of his debuting maiden claimers the last 5 years. When he claims a horse, Garoffalo is not averse to giving him a race before setting the runner up for the kill.

He is 16% the last 5 years with horses that win the second race after he claims them. He is much better when he goes turf to dirt rather than the other way around and when Garoffalo’s horses are well regarded, they fire big time.

The trainer is 41% the last 5 years with favorites and 75% of those runners ran in the money.

Garoffalo is no one-trick pony and he has a serious horse.

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