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Jockey Tyler Gaffalione after winning the Del Mar Oaks aboard Spendarella.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione, a 28-year-old native of Davie, Florida from a family of jockeys, reached the 2000 win milestone in the sixth race, a $44,000 claiming event over the Gulfstream Park turf on Friday January 20, 2023 aboard 4-1 fourth choice Megacity. He got win number 1999 just two hours earlier aboard 3-1 favorite Temerity in the third race, a $12,000 maiden claimer, and didn't wait long for win 2000, aboard Concrete Glory in the last race of the card, a $30,000 starter optional claiming event.
Gaffalione is a third generation jockey, after grandfather Robert and father Steve. He rode his first winner on September 5, 2014 also at Gulfstream Park in jut his third race, and went on to win the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice the following year. Currently he rotates between Gulfstream in the winter, Kentucky in the spring and fall, and Saratoga in the summer, as the first call rider for trainer Mark Casse at those tracks.
Tyler Gaffalione after winning the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint aboard Caravel.
Tyler Gaffalione after winning the Florida Derby aboard White Abarrio.
He has established himself as the most dominant rider in Kentucky for the last several years, and is usually ranks near the top of the standings during his home track Gulfstream Park's Championship Meeting. At the time of writing (January 21, 2023) he has 2001 wins, 1742 seconds, and 1584 thirds in 11,474 mounts, with purse earnings of $114,570,059, giving him a 17% win rate, 46% in the money, and earning almost $10,000 per start.
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