Photo: Leslie Martin/Gulfstream Park
Margoth’s Gunnevera continues to please trainer Antonio Sano with his preparation for the Grade 1, $9 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old son of Dialed in breezed six furlongs in 1:15.80 under Irad Ortiz Jr. Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park West.
“I feel very happy with him,” said Sano, whose trainee finished third in last year’s Pegasus. “He’s a different horse. He’s a stronger horse.”
Gunnevera, who concluded his 2018 campaign with a runner-up finish behind Pegasus contender Accelerate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs Nov. 3, worked in company with stablemate Cometin.
“He worked really good. He’s doing everything right. Hopefully, he comes back to racing the way he is right now,” said Ortiz, who has the return mount on Gunnevera after guiding him to his runner-up finish in the Classic.
Gunnevera, who has earned $4.1 million in career earnings, captured the 2017 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream. The Antonio Sano-trained 4-year-old son of Dialed In has also won the 2016 Saratoga Special (G2) and the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3) and has been Grade 1 stakes-placed in the 2017 Travers (G1) and the 2018 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga, as well as the Classic.