HORSE RACING-BARBADOS-Joseph closes in on Gulfstream Park lead.


Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr inched closer to the lead at Gulfstream Park when he saddled a single winner on Friday's 10-race card.

Sending out favourite Combination in race three under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr, Joseph watched as the four-year-old bay gelding trounced the three-year-olds and upward by two lengths in a five-furlong sprint.

Barbadian Joseph has logged 20 wins for the ongoing meet, just one behind leader Todd Pletcher, in the season ending September 27.

Going off at hot odds of 1-2, Combination was caught wide on the course at the break as R Boy Bode and Jamaican rushed to the front to pull the field through a sharp split of 22.21 seconds for the first quarter, with Earth chasing from third.

Ortiz managed to hustle Combination back into contention, however, and the Frank Carl...

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