Marco Hernandez Vazquez and Angel Rodriguez' El Profe marked the first starter and first winner for freshman stallion Neolithic , leading throughout in a June 6 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park.
Also trained by Rodriguez, El Profe was ridden by Gaddiel Martinez in the five-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds. He pulled away from his six rivals to win by 1 1/4 lengths and completed the distance on the fast track in 1:00.51. The dark bay or brown colt went unclaimed for a $50,000 tag.
El Profe was bred in Florida by Angel Hernandez and Jose Perez. He is out of the Boston Harbor mare Boston Maggie and is a half brother to Shes a Bullet, a champion 2-year-old filly in Puerto Rico.
Neolithic, an 8-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday, was campaigned by Starlight Racing and later in partnership with Qatar Racing. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he placed in five graded stakes, including the 2017 editions of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), and Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), en route to career earnings of $2,278,028 from a 3-4-3 record in 12 starts.
Bred by Edwin Anthony out of the stakes-winning Victory Gallop mare Swingit, Neolithic is a half brother to this year's Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) winner Travel Column. He stands at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Florida for a $5,000 fee.