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Eclipse Award Winner Gaffalione Earns First Keeneland Win

October 23, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 23) Tyler Gaffalione, the 2015 Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s leading apprentice rider, scored his first Keeneland victory Saturday with Tim Thornton’s Cookies Are Good in the second race, a 1 1/16-mile maiden claiming race.

“I came up here in the spring and rode a horse for Mike Tomlinson (Lookin for a Kiss) in the (Toyota) Blue Grass Stakes (G1),” said Gaffalione, who is based in South Florida.

“That was fun,” Gaffalione added of Saturday’s 1¾-length victory that ended at the first finish line in the Keeneland stretch. “I knew about the first wire. Everybody kept reminding me.”

Cookies Are Good, a 2-year-old gelding by Purge, is trained by Tom Proctor.