Venezuelan Horseman Enrique Amado Scores First U.S. Victory At Gulfstream

Trainer Enrique Amado celebrated his first win with his first U.S. starter Sunday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., after saddling Markistan for a 4 1/2-length victory in Race 4, a 5 1/2-furlong race for $8,000 claimers.

The 75-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, was a successful breeder and trainer in his troubled homeland with his son, Gerardo, whose EAC Racing Stable LLC owns Markistan.

“All my life I’ve worked with horses. I was a breeder. I worked in Lexington, Ky., many years ago and then returned to Venezuela,” said Amado, who currently trains three horses with the hopes of increasing that number to 10 or 12. “I was a breeder in Venezuela and continued to breed horses. Then, I decided to train horses.”

Markistan, who was claimed out of a victory for $6,250 Aug. 8, rated off the pace under Hector Berrios before making a sweeping moved on the turn into the homestretch and drawing off to a comfortable victory. The 3-year-old-old daughter of Khozan paid $9.60 after running 5 1/2-furlongs in 1:04.23.

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