portada 2003



 7 de diciembre de 2003
Posted: 12/7/2003 10:58:00 PM ET
Cafajeste, Velasquez team for win in Caribbean Derby


Panamanian sensation Cafajeste (Pan), ridden by Panamanian native Cornelio Velasquez, rolled to a powerful victory in the 36th running of the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe (Caribbean Derby), the richest race in Latin America, on Sunday at Puerto Rico’s El Comandante racetrack.

Cafajeste closed fast in the stretch of the 1 1/8-mile race under a well-timed ride from Velasquez, who guided Cajun Beat to victory in this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), to defeat and leave behind hometown hopefuls Monoestrellado and Despreciado. Venezuelan champion filly Gran Esmeralda placed fourth under Puerto Rican native and New York-based rider John Velázquez.

Trained by Rafael Fernández, Cafajeste is a three-year-old chesnut son of Argentine stallion Alphard who registered his eighth victory in 17 career starts for owner Stud Full House.

Bred by Haras San Miguel, Cafajeste is out of the Creyente (Arg) mare Cono Quiera (Arg).

The Clasico del Caribe is the annual Caribbean nations Thoroughbred championship for three-year-olds of the participant nations in the ten-member Confederacion Hipica del Caribe, including Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad Tobago and Jamaica.--Michael Burns