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Joseph widens Gulfstream lead


Joseph widens Gulfstream lead
Saffie Joseph is on a high after his charge, Lovely Luvy, provided him with his first Stakes win of the year. (GP)

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Barbadian trainer Saffie Joseph stretched his lead at Gulfstream Park even further with two wins on Thursday’s eight-race card here.

The 34-year-old tasted success with 3-5 chance Loriloupies in the fifth race before returning to score with 5-1 bet Sum Return in the eighth race, with Edgard Zayas the winning rider on each occasion.

Joseph tops the standings with 66 wins – 33 clear of his nearest rival Carlos David with two months left in the seven-month season at the racetrack in the south-eastern United States.

Joseph opened his account in a six-furlong sprint when Zayas guided four-year-old roan filly Loriloupies to a 4-½ length thrashing of the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares, in a gate-to-wire effort.

Loriloupies produced splits of 22.07 seconds for the quarter and 44.93 for the half, before pulling away in the stretch.

Zayas handed Joseph his second win of the evening when he partnered the brown filly Sum Return to a 5-½ length domination of the maiden two-year-old fillies, going seven furlongs.

Lluvia set the early pace before Sum Return caught her and grabbed the advantage entering the turn, to lead by a length at the half-mile run in 46.84.

Once in the stretch, Sum Returned widened her lead to reach the wire comfortably.