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.