Kukulkan an easy winner of Gulfstream's Copa Confratemidad del Caribe

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Kukulkan an easy winner of Gulfstream's Copa Confratemidad del Caribe

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Kukulkan took command on the far turn and pulled away to a seven-length victory Sunday (December 8) in the Copa Confratemidad del Caribe at Gulfstream Park in Florida, USA, giving him a second-straight victory on Clasico del Caribe day.

It was the 16th victory in 20 starts for the four-year-old colt by Point Determined, who won Mexico's Triple Crown in 2018 before campaigning in the US. Kukulkan entered Sunday's race off a disappointing seventh-place effort in the Lukas Classic (G3) at Churchill Downs in September.

Breaking alertly under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr, Kukulkan was settled in third against his Latin rivals, just behind his pacesetting stablemate Kandinsky, with Justiciero in second.

The order remained that way through the early stages of the 10-furlong contest until the field entered the far turn. That's when Ortiz moved Kukulkan into the clear on the outside, and the duo quickly shot to the front.

Kukulkan continued to pull away through the stretch while under a hand ride for a popular win, with bettors backing him at 1-9.


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