(Hanalei Moon wins the One Dreamer Stakes at KY Downs on Saturday / Photo Courtesy of KY Downs)
From the KY Downs Media Team:
Three races after getting unseated while his mount, runner-up Armchair Jockey, was galloping out, Tyler Gaffalione was in a more familiar position after the One Dreamer Stakes Saturday at Kentucky Downs: the winner’s circle.
Shaking off the effects from a banged-up right knee from his tumble, Gaffalione guided Hanalei Moon past longshot Na Pali Spirit in the stretch to win the $250,000 One Dreamer on opening day of the RUNHAPPY meet at Kentucky Downs.
The winner, backed to 5-1 odds, broke well and was never far back under Gaffalione, who utilized a wide sweeping move from sixth to catapult his mount to victory. Under his urging, she took command in upper stretch and extended her lead to defeat Na Pali Spirit, ridden by Joe Bravo, by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:43.16 for a mile on firm turf. Oh So Terrible was a neck back of the runner-up in third and a nose in front of fourth finisher Classy Act.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione — Hanalei Moon (1st):
“My knee popped out of place but we popped it back in,” he said. “It’s a little tight but nothing that’s going to get in the way.”
Assistant Trainer David Carroll — Hanalei Moon:
“We’re very proud of the filly,” assistant trainer David Carroll said. “She’s improved from the very start. Today we thought would be her best race, her third off the layoff. Tyler gave her a beautiful ride, and we’re so proud of her.”
Jockey Joe Bravo — Na Pali Spiri (2nd):
“She likes this course – ran on it last year and ran second – and she ran a bang up race on it today,” he said. “I really thought at the eighth pole that she had a really good shot to win. She laid it on the line.”
Jockey Florent Geroux — Limari (Unplaced)
Disappointing in the One Dreamer was favored Limari, who weakened after chasing the pace without an apparent excuse.
“She had a tough season to be honest,” said her rider, Florent Geroux. “She’s run very hard since the beginning of the year. Only thing we can come up with is that she is tailing off a bit.”