Former Classic-winning Jockey Glispie eyeing Guineas win as a Trainer

By Lance Whittaker April 14, 2018
Fitzroy Glispie - Targeting his first 2000 Guineas win as a Trainer after winning three times as a jockey. Fitzroy Glispie - Targeting his first 2000 Guineas win as a Trainer after winning three times as a jockey.

Former top jockey Fitzroy Glispie has already logged major wins as a trainer and he is targeting his first ever Jamaica 2000 Guineas triumph Sunday at Caymanas Park with his improving gelding El Profesor.

Boasting a solid career record of two wins and five second-place finishes in seven starts, El Profesor is a 3-1 morning line third favourite for the JA$3.5 Million (US$28,000) one-mile Classic for colts and geldings.

He was an impressive upset winner of the Prince Consort Stakes last month at 32-1 odds and is undefeated since being gelded. “He is a new horse,” Glispie told SportsMax.TV.

“Once we castrated him, he started to keep his weight on and behave himself,” added Glispie, who won the 2000 Guineas three times as a jockey – 1975 aboard Xtra Classy and back-to-back years in 1982 (Cesario) and 1983 (Explosive Star).

In the March 17 Prince Consort Stakes, El Profesor was the pacesetter for the first five furlongs and after surrendering the lead early in the homestretch to the 3-5 favourite Another Vigorous, he rallied courageously on the inside for the win under a skilful ride from jockey Anthony Thomas. The Clinton Rhoden-owned racer won by a half-length and Thomas, the current leading rider at Caymanas Park, will be aboard again this weekend.

Another Vigorous returns Sunday for revenge and is the 9-5 morning line favourite with ex-champion jockey Dane Nelson astride.

Other leading entries include the colt Without Exception (5-1), the little brother of reigning horse of the year She’s a Maneater, last year’s champion two-year-old Marquesas (5-2), Commander Two (4-1) and Drummer Boy (6-1).

Without Exception and Drummer Boy are stablemates in the barn of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who won the 2000 Guineas the past three years in a row with Ali Baba (2015), Future King (2016) and Fearless Samurai (2017).

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