Belo Sorte Wins!
In Portuguese, Belo Sorte means beautiful luck. Well, his name was half right on Sunday. Belo Sorte looked beautiful, and the race he ran was most definitely beautiful. However, he did not really need luck as he dominated seven rivals in his comeback race at Gulfstream Park.
Belo Sorte broke well and settled comfortably into a stalking position through the first half-mile in 45.4. He overtook the pacesetter at will when ready and drew off to win by a readily expanding three and a half lengths under a hand ride. Belo Sorte stopped the teletimer in a solid 1:10 flat.
Trainer Dale Romans said, "I was very confident that we'd run well if the horse was a fit as I thought he was. A lot of things can happen off of such a long layoff, but everything worked out as well as we possibly could have hoped. I told Eddie Castro in the paddock to ride like he was on the best horse in the race. I felt like this was the perfect race. The horse did his job and made me look good."
Jockey Eddie Castro said, "My horse put me in a perfect position. I sat just off the speed. When I asked my horse he exploded. It really was as easy as could be."
The bay son of Sarava now has two wins from four career starts. Look for him back in action at Gulfstream in a few weeks.