Gill and Shuman Team for Deputy Minster Handicap Victory

The controversial but successful team of trainer Mark Shuman and owner Michael J. Gill won two races on Sunday's Gulfstream Park card, including a decisive 4 1/2-length victory by Native Heir in the day's feature race, the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III). Gill and Shuman also claimed two horses on the day.

Native Heir led all the way under jockey Cornelio Velasquez, completing the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.17 on a fast track. Binthebest finished second and Fire And Glory came in third. Deer Lake, Gygistar, Elite Mercedes, Greatness, and Maybry's Boy completed the order of finish.

Native Heir returned $20.80, $10.60 and $6.80. Binthebest paid $12.20 and $6.80 and completed the $166.80 exacta. Fire And Glory paid $11 to show.

Native Heir is a 5-year-old son of Makin. He was claimed for $50,000 last September. Native Heir has won 12 of 23 starts and earned $402,436. The Virginia-bred reeled off seven consecutive wins to cap his 3-year-old season, with the last three in stakes races. As a juvenile, he finished second – beaten by a neck – to Songandaprayer in the Huntington Stakes. He was bred by Spencer F. Young. Native Heir earned Gill $60,000 for the victory.

Gill and Shuman's other winner Sunday came in the eighth race with their recent $25,000 claim Pape, who returned to win a five-furlong allowance race at odds of 14-1. (Chart, Equibase)

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