Venezuela yielding victories in world riding through its riders, coaches and horses. This time Gunnevera was a thoroughbred sorrel owned by Venezuelan Antonio Sano. He competed on March 30 at the Dubai World Cup at the Maydan racecourse. But before telling the excellent results, let’s talk a little about Gunnevera.
The equine, born on February 28, 2014, participated in one of the most important fair of his career, the 2000 meter race, belonging to the G1 distance category.
The event was held at the Meydan Racecourse and this horse already had good expectations.
Everyone involved, the owner of the horse, Salomón del Valle, his coach, Antonio Sano, as his usual rider, Javier Castellano, felt proud of the animal and the work they developed with him.
Gunnevera and good billing
At the time of the event Gunnevera had a record of, 20-6, with a production of $ 4,361,800, his last victory before the World Cup Dubai won on August 10, 2018 in an Allowance of Gulsftream Park.
These are all the antecedents with which Gunnevera took Meydan for the second time.
Strong injury to Gunnevera
In 2018, the participation of this horse in several fair events was overshadowed due to an unfortunate injury he suffered in the race.
But as the saying goes: “new year new life”, the horse is very good and healthy. He’s back with everything for 2019 full of victories.
Revenge is breathed in the environment as well as the desire to recover lost time.
So his fans are already waiting for this copy of his best in Dubai to come home with the victory.
Famous riders have ridden it
Due to his skills and charisma this horse has been ridden by several famous riders. Among them the winners of the Eclipse Award, Mike Smith, Javier Castellano and Irad Ortiz Jr.
This horse has participated in the Kentucky Derby of 2017, as well as, in the last two editions of the Breeders´Cup Classic G1 and in the first one, he equals fourth place with the Arrogate Champion.
About horse owners
Gunnevera is a son of Dialed In in Undbridled Rage by Undbridled.
Salomon del Valle, owner of the horse, buys this copy for a total amount of $ 16,000 during an auction.
Investment that has recovered and with ample profit, since the horse has already produced more than one million dollars in prizes in favor of Stud Peacock Racing Satbles LLC, also of Venezuelans.
Races won by Gunnevera
Among the races won by Sano’s horse are the Fountain of Youth.
As is known, this fair represents one of the emblematic classics on the route to the Kentucky Derby.
Triumph with which Gunnevera ensures the advance to the Kentucky Derby, first gem of the Triple Crown of the United States.
The victory of this horse raised by Venezuelans is recorded under an important scenario since the animal completes the 1,700 meter course with a great feat.
As usual, Gunnevera, lags behind at the start of the race, while Three Rules comes out with great force and is chased by the favorite Irish War Cry.
Contrary to what happened at the Holly Bull Stakes, in which Gunnevera finishes second, the rider Javier Castellano makes him finish off the outside since they stepped on land of the final 700 meters.
And the counterattack begins.
Gunnevera responds immediately to the demands of the Zulian jockey and in the post of the 500 was fourth two lengths of the pointers.
“Already in the right matches them and in the final 250 meters passes with comfort to finish defining with a comfortable victory of seven bodies in their favor on Practical Joke, who got second and Three Rules that endured the third,” says the portal of Meridiano Sports.
As you can see, it has been Javier Castellano who has achieved his greatest potential.
Two years after Gunnevera’s debut
Gunnevera makes his track debut on June 10, 2016, in an inaugural race at Gulfstream Park, finishing second behind the future winner of Three Rules bets.
In his next commitment culminates in the fourth position. Again behind Three Rules, in Birdonthewire Stakes.
By July 16, he breaks his maiden by rallying in a special single-weight race in Gulfstream.
After this, his coach, Antonio Sano, transfers him to the company of graduated bets at Saratoga Special Stakes on August 14, where he wins after a move from last to first.
“Everything went very well, we had a perfect trip,” said rider Javier Castellano. “In the long term, it will be a very good horse.”
Later Gunnevera finishes in fifth place behind the two-year-old champion, Classic Empire, in Gr.I Breeders ‘Futurity Stakes.
In his final start as a youth, he found the winners circle in the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes.
3 year season
Gunnevera made his three-year debut at the Holy Bull Stakes Grade II on February 4, 2017, finishing second behind Irish War Cry but ahead of the favorite Classic Empire, who finished third.
After this, Gunnevera manages to win the Fountain of Youth at its next start, defeating the multiple winner of Gr.I, Practical Joke, Three Rules and Irish War Cry.
The victory placed Gunnevera as one of the first favorites in 2017, on the way to the Kentucky Derby.
In his last race of preparation for the Derby, he finishes in a distant third place behind the rising star Always Dreaming in the Florida Derby, despite the close of the campaign.
During the Derby, with Javier Castellano on his back, he settles with a probability of 15-1 in the field of 20 horses.
But, on race day, he finishes seventh after being trapped in traffic at various points in the race.
In his next commitment to the Preakness Stakes, Gunnevera was led by Mike E. Smith after Castellano chose to ride Cloud Computing, with whom he won the race.
While Gunnevera finishes fifth, but leaves the race with bleeding in the left hind leg and does not start at the Belmont stakes.
Difficult tests for Gunnevera
On August 26, 2017, Gunnevera makes his next start at Grade I Travers Stakes in Saratoga. He was fired widely with 20-1 odds in the morning row in a field of nine qualified stake winners, including the winners of the three Triple Crown races.
After being hit hard at the start, Gunnevera is dropped backwards during the first half mile before starting a run on the opposite straight.
Suddenly, he makes a wide turn in the last turn and moves towards the containment in the middle of stretching while leaning and hitting with Irap, who finished third.
This way Gunnevera finishes second, then resists an investigation by administrators about interference with Irap
4 year season
This horse continues to give good results during 2018, despite having been injured. A sports portento that would be to continue harvesting.
And it is that during a race in Gulfstream Park he manages to take the victory again. That demonstrated that it was able to overcome.
Thus, the pupil of Venezuelan coach Antonio Sano marks his return to the track, this time under the chair of the Puerto Rican rider Edgard Zayas.
The 4-year-old horse reaped his sixth victory in 17 presentations for Margoth stud, exceeding $ 3 million in production.
Latin victories in the Dubai World Cup
In the history of the Dubai World Cup there have been several victories of Latinos that have marked milestones. Here are some:
- In 204, the rider from Panama, Alex Solís, was the first Latin rider to win this event at the Dubai World Cup.
- For the year 2007, the Argentinian-Uruguayan horse Invasor was the first South American horse to win the Dubai competition.
A good place for Gunnevera in the Dubai World Cup
Finally, 2019 has been an excellent year for Gunnevera. After achieving his full recovery on March 30, 2019 he participated in the Dubai World Cup. The participation of the horse is one of the best lifts we can remember to the best international places.
Gunnevera Achieves third place in the Dubai World Cup in a competition that distributed 12 million dollars. Gunnavera achieves a cash prize of 1.2 million dollars just having completed his five years of service. Recall that Gunnavera was born on February 28, 2014.
In this way Gunnevera manages to total a collection in prizes for 5,561,800. A single race to get 20% of your collection, not bad.
Below we share a video about the victory of this great horse, Venezuelan pride:
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