After earning career victory No. 1,000 in Saturday’s Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park with 6-year-old gelding Aztec Sense, trainer Jorge Navarro was quick to emphasize the teamwork behind his ongoing success.
“I give thanks for my owners and my staff, because without them I probably would be sitting at 1 (victory),” said Navarro, who has won nine in a row with Aztec Sense. “My assistants make things so easy for me. All I do is make sure everything goes as straight as a line, but they’re the ones who do everything.
“I put everything on them, and they know how I want things done.”
Navarro sits atop the Gulfstream Park standings, but with 101 Thoroughbreds in training (the majority at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach and Gulfstream Park West in Miami Gardens), he needs another outlet at which to compete. He eagerly snapped up stalls at Tampa Bay Downs this season, putting assistant Hendrick Chen in charge of a dozen horses.
“I like action, and I have plenty of owners who like action. I run a big operation, and if a race doesn’t go at Gulfstream, they’re willing to move their horses around to give them a chance to win a race,” he said.