Fallen Leaf attempts to jump the inside rail during Gulfstream Park’s 11th race Saturday. (Lauren King/Coglianese Photo)
When a Thoroughbred is learning how to be a racehorse, some are a little quicker to pick up on the idea than others. In Gulfstream Park’s 11th race this past Saturday, a 2-year-old filly named Fallen Leaf proved that while she has some talent, she still has a bit of learning left to do.
Approaching the stretch with nearly a three-length lead, Fallen Leaf continued to extend her advantage down the lane, looking to be the easiest of winners for trainer Gary Jackson in the maiden special weight event. Unfortunately, the daughter of A. P. Warrior ducked in badly just strides before the wire, appearing to attempt to jump the inside rail. Instead, she bounced off of it and unseated jockey Matthew Rispoli.
“Inside the final furlong it’s Fallen Leaf,” called Gulfstream announcer Pete Aiello. “No antics of any kind except speed… and there we go with the antics.”
Both Rispoli and Fallen Leaf were reported to be fine after the incident.
Check out the race replay here:
As made obvious by Aiello’s call, Fallen Leaf had developed a bit of a reputation for displaying poor behavior late in her races. In her second start on July 31 at Gulfstream, she ran very greenly down the lane as well, veering toward the rail and nearly clipping heels with the leader, then veering back out. Jockey Samy Camacho did well to stay aboard her that day, straightening her out and bringing her home sixth.
Watch the race replay from July 31 here:
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