Super Spender soothes Cibelli’s earlier disappointment by winning Claiming Crown Canterbury

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – One week after suffering a frustrating setback when Rose Brier was disqualified following an apparent win in the Grade 3 Tropical Park Turf, trainer Jane Cibelli was able to breathe a sigh of relief once the official sign went up making her Super Spender the winner of Saturday’s $110,000 Claiming Crown Canterbury at Gulfstream Park.

Super Spender, with Nik Juarez aboard, wins for the third time in the last four starts in the Claiming Crown Canterbury for turf sprinters.
Super Spender benefitted from a patient ride by Nik Juarez, who bided his time in traffic before finding a seam between horses in early stretch and driving the son of Super Saver to his third win in his last four starts. Partly Mocha overcame a slow start and was going best of all at the end, finishing second, a neck behind the winner, as the tepid 5-2 favorite in the five-furlong turf dash. Divine Warrior was third.

Super Spender completed the distance over a firm course in 56.04 seconds and paid $12.80.

“He’s kind of a funny horse because he runs like he wants to go 5 1/2 or six furlongs, and then you try to stretch him out and he doesn’t run well,” said Cibelli. “So I think we’re going to stop trying to re-invent the wheel and keep him at five-eighths. And Nik rides him so well, he really does. He was in traffic, he got so far back, I thought coming off the turn he’d never get through, and fortunately he was able to push his way through.”

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