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GitanoHernando wins from favored Colonel John Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes at Santa AnitaGitano Hernando: a half-brother to the Newsells Park homebred is catalogued as lot 1190 at the Tattersalls October Salethis week  PICTURE: Getty Images  

Gitano fifth winner at top level for Hernando

Report: USA, Saturday

Santa Anita: Goodwood Stakes (Grade  1, 1m) 1f Pro ride 3yo+

GITANO HERNANDO, making his U.S. debut, maintained the excellent run of success enjoyed by Newsells Park Stud this month when splitting horses late under Kieren Fallon to win the Goodwood Stakes.

By claiming several notable scalps, the Newsells Park homebred - who is the fifth Group/Grade 1 winner by Hernando - put the domestic team on  notice that the Europeans will once again take a lot of beating in theBreeders' Cup Classic over the same surface in three weeks time.

Sent away an 18-1 chance, and as far back as fifth early under a patient ride by Fallon, Gitano Hernando came between Parading on the inside and 5-2 favourite Colonel John on the outside to prevail by a neck over the latter.

Richard's Kid, winner of the  Pacific Classic in his last run, came on to finish third less than a length behind  the runner-up. Second favourite Mine Tha Bird, could only  finish sixth of ten.

Winning trainer Marco Botti said:  "We are absolutely delighted with the horse. He is improving all the time. He's  a nice horse. He's lightly raced, and it's amazing going from a condition race  to a Grade 1."

He added of the immediate future  for the winner: "Whether he comes back to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup, we don't know yet."

Fallon said:  "He broke the track record in his last  start on Polytrack (at Wolverhampton September 17) and he's been training  great.

"I know this horse wants to go further, so I wanted to be closer today and  for him to be handy. He's a tough horse and he needed to be today.

"Around the turn my horse was  full of run and I was worried about the horse inside of us (Chocolate Candy)  because I could see he was looking for room. I was afraid maybe we were going to  be going for the same gap and that can sometimes be dangerous."

He added of the finish: "My horse  just wanted it more than the other horse. He's tough as nails and really wanted to win. I honestly didn't think he could beat the likes of Colonel John, but  he's tough as nails."

Garrett Gomez, aboard Colonel John, said: "He ran good, he traveled good. But when they started sprinting, I  just got outsprinted for about 50 yards. He (Gitano Hernando) quickened faster than my horse could quicken, and that's when he got me."

Alex Solis, aboard Richard's Kid,  said: "He finished flying, but the wire came up too fast."

Gitano Hernando is one of three winners out of the Perugino mare Gino's Spirits, who landed the Listed John Musker Stakes at Yarmouth before travelling stateside to take the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap.

Gino's Spirits' yearling colt by Dubai Destination is catalogued aslot 1190 at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale this week.

After returning barren to Osorio last season, Gino's Spirits is back in foal to Hernando.





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