Puerto Rican champion Gran Duque gained his 31st victory in 48 career
starts with a runaway victory in the $75,000 Copa Confraternidad del
Caribe at El Comandante racetrack in Canovanas, Puerto Rico on Friday.
Gran Duque and
jockey John Bisono drew off down the stretch in the 1 3/16-mile contest to
win by three lengths over Lingham in a time of 2:02.59 on a sloppy track.
Rio Camu finished one length behind in third.
Gran Duque was champion three-year-old colt in Puerto Rico in 1998 and
champion older horse in ’99 after winning 12 of 14 starts for owner
Establo Lazor. The six-year-old son of Irish Open collects $45,000 for the
win to push his career earnings to $594,706. He is trained by Ramon
Gran Duque is the only stakes winner from four foals to race produced
by the Lord Avie mare Lady Joy, a half sister to English champion Wind and
Wuthering and stakes winner Mitos Joy, who produced multiple group winner
Q Mattox. He was bred in Puerto Rico by Haras Santa Isabel.