Reveron hasn’t received much media attention heading into Saturday’s Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
But the son of Songandaprayer proved game in winning the Gulfstream Park Derby earlier in the meeting for owner Walter Stipa and trainer Augustin Bezara.
Reveron began his career at Calder where he is based. He broke his maiden in this third start last November. He promptly won his first condition and then turned back the promising runner Casual Trick in the Gulfstream Park Derby where he was dismissed at odds of 9-1. He followed that effort with a third-place finish in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Bezara, a native of Venezuela, has trained horses for 36 years, most of that time in his homeland. He entertained other options for his charge before deciding to stay close to home to take on the likes of Union Rags, El Padrino and Take Charge Indy on Saturday. He also offered a bit of an excuse for the Tampa effort.
“He held on well, as good as horses do,” Bezara, who came to the U.S. almost three years ago, said through an interpreter. However, he doesn’t think Reveron was comfortable on the deep racetrack. “He came back with a lot of pain in his muscles.” The stress of vanning across the state also took its toll, Bezara feels.
This doesn’t mean Bezara is totally opposed to going out of town for a major race. “This horse is ready to travel but it has to be for something specific,” he told Gulfstream Park Publicity this week.
Would the Kentucky Derby be specific enough?
Bezara didn’t wait for the translation.
Gulfstream Park Publicity contributed to this report.