Courtney Handicaps Thursday’s 750k Guaranteed Rainbow 6 Pool

Three Turf Races in Sequence, Courtney’s Ticket $144

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Gulfstream Park’s 10-race program Thursday includes a guaranteed pool in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 of $750,000.

The sequence begins in the fifth race and includes three turf races and three maiden races, two on the turf. With a $40,000 maiden claimer on the turf kicking off the sequence and maiden special weight event on the turf closing out the sequence, “I felt coverage at both ends of the sequence was important,” Courtney said.

Her Thursday ticket totals $144. Her analysis for the Rainbow 6 is below.

First race post Thursday is 1 p.m.

Race 5: 2-3-5-7

I went four-deep in here, not wanting to get shut out in the first leg. Spiritual King will likely take a lot of attention on the drop in class for trainer Todd Pletcher. However, despite the fact that he has a lot of speed, he faded pretty sharply in the stretch last time out at a big price. I’ll use him protectively, but prefer Dr. Doyle, who ran well at this level last time out, and Ratify, first off the claim for Eddie Plesa, Jr. I also included second time starter More Than Usual, who was relatively flat in his debut, but ran against tougher and should move forward today.

Race 6: 8-9

The second leg is also a maiden claiming race, this time for 3-year-olds sprinting on the dirt. Quiet Company is the horse to beat given her speed and the fact that she has never run for a tag before, and with all this I don’t even mind that it is a filly running against the boys. Meanwhile, Unprecedented is my price play of the day. He’s a horse that gets very keyed up before his races, and comes in now as a fresh gelding and takes a drop in class, both of which I think are key for him. I considered using Embrace My Uncle, but decided to trim given the fact that he has already been beaten at this level.

Race 7: 1-4-6

This is an allowance on the turf, and the three biggest players seem to be the three horses coming out of the 5th race on March 22. I have really liked Flash Pass switching to turf, and I thought he took a big step forward last time out despite the fact that he couldn’t beat Dominate Themoment, who is also in this race. King of Ranch has taken a lot of money in his recent starts, and though he hasn’t been able to produce, I didn’t feel comfortable leaving off a Mike Maker-trained horse on the turf.

Race 8: 2-5-7

In the 8th race, we have another rematch. Crupi’s Pizza Dom, who has speed and is first off the claim for Angel Rodriguez, will once again face the consistent Preacher Marsee. While I respect both of these, I did give the edge to Volubile, who is dropping to this level for the first time. He’s a fresh face and picks up the Spring Meet’s leading jock Tyler Gaffalione.

Race 9: 2-4

I just used two horses in the 9th race, and they look pretty different on paper. Moretti is a well-bred son of Medaglia d’Oro and the half-brother to Battle of Midway. However, it seems he’s been a bit of a question mark for his connections. The blinkers go back on today, and he’s worn them a couple times before, including when he ran in the G3 Withers as a 3-year-old. He has experience at the distance, but the fact of the matter is that he has won just one race so far and always seems to take a lot of money. Youngest of Five is stretching out in distance around two turns for the first time, but he won so impressively last time out. I think has a lot of talent.

Race 10: 3-5-6-8-11

We wrap up the sequence with a very difficult maiden special weight race on the turf for 3-year-old fillies. I used five horses in here. The starting point is likely Act Like Artie, who took a step forward last time out although had to steady sharply between horses in the stretch. She has every right to continue improving, as does No More Stories, who should be a nice price. Trainer Brian Lynch is 21% with maiden special weight runners on turf making their second start off the layoff. I also included Valletta, who ran so well last time out, beaten just 3/4 of a length, and Passion Factor who tries the grass for the first time with plenty of turf pedigree. I went five-deep to include first time starter Mighty Road, who I don’t especially love in here, as she does not have a ton of turf pedigree, but I don’t want to get beat by a Chad Brown first time starter in the nightcap.

Gulfstream Park Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, April 11 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $12,500 $20,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $35,000
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $16,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 7 Claiming – $16,000 $23,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 9 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $33,000
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $46,000
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $35,000 $46,000
Race 12 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $48,000
Race 13 Claiming – $16,000 $23,000

Final Entries

Friday, April 10
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $22,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 3 Claiming – $20,000 $26,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $35,000
Race 5 Claiming – $16,000 $20,000
Race 6 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $18,000
Race 7 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $46,000
Race 9 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $45,000

Tyler Gaffalione Riding Right at Home at Gulfstream Park

Thursday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $750,000

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Tyler Gaffalione continued his hot start for the Spring/Summer Meet at Gulfstream Park Sunday by riding three winners, giving the 25-year-old rising star a total of 13 winners for the first four days.

Gaffalione, who finished fourth in the standings during the recently concluded 2019-2020 Championship Meet with 67 winners, had visited the winner’s circle three times Thursday, before riding four winners Friday and three more winners Saturday.

“There’s a lot of change right now and so much concern in our business. I’m just thankful that we have a place to race right now at Gulfstream Park,” Gaffalione said. “I’m thankful that the management here is doing everything to keep us safe. We’re thankful to be able to make a living.”

On Sunday’s card, Gaffalione scored back-to-back victories aboard Swirling Candy ($5.20) in Race 2 and Kiffle ($4.20) in Race 3 before winning Race 9 with Proven Strategies ($4).

“We’re all out there making the most of our opportunities and we’re thankful there is racing,” he said.

Gaffalione feels right at home at Gulfstream Park, where he rode his first winner [Holdin Bullets] Sept, 7, 2014 and where he rode a record-tying seven winners July 4, 2017. During the 2019-2020 Championship Meet, Gaffalione rode Zulu Alpha for a victory in the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational presented by Runhappy (G1) Jan. 25.

The native of Davie, FL, who has ridden more than 1250 winners in six years of riding and won the 2015 Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice jockey, was recently recognized for his accomplishments on and off the track when Broward County proclaimed March 10 as “Tyler Gaffalione Day.”

Gaffalione last captured the Spring Meet title in 2018 before venturing to Kentucky following the 2018-2019 Championship Meet and finishing in a three-way tie for second, one win behind Florent Geroux, at Keeneland last spring  He went on to ride War of Will to victory in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Thursday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $750,000

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $750,000 for Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved Sunday, when multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $158.32.

The Rainbow 6 jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

Gulfstream Park Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, April 5
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $10,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $41,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $41,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $41,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $46,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000 Overnight Overnight

 

Halladay Speeds to Impressive Victory in Gulfstream Feature

Sonneman Overcomes Bad Start to Win Co-Feature for 3YOs
Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $500,000


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Harrell Ventures LLC’s Halladay never gave another horse a chance at Gulfstream Park Saturday, taking control from the start of the featured optional claiming allowance and speeding to a dominating three-length victory.

The Todd Pletcher-trained 4-year-old son of War Front set a hot pace in the stakes-quality mile turf race for 4-year-olds and up on his way to a final clocking in 1:32.65 under Luis Saez.

Halladay ($6.60) posted fractions of 23.64 and 46.39 seconds for the first half mile of the Race 10 feature before completing six furlongs in 1:08.95 and seven furlongs in 1:20.61

“He’s a talented horse. We were on the AE [list] for the stake the other day. We’re happy to have to opportunity to run him,” said Pletcher, whose trainee failed to draw into the field for the Appleton (G3) on the Curlin Florida Derby (G1) undercard.

Halladay, who registered a front-running victory in the Dec. 28 Tropical Park Derby at Gulfstream, finished a troubled fourth in the Feb. 8 Tampa Bay (G3) last time out.

“It was a pretty roughly run race at Tampa. He was involved in three or four horses bouncing off each other in the top of the stretch,” Pletcher said. “He really seems to like Gulfstream.”

Kroy, a multiple stakes winner over the Gulfstream course, chased Halladay for a mile before settling for second under Emisael Jaramillo. Penalty and Edgard Zayas finished third another 1 ¼ lengths back. First Premio, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, trailed early and finished fifth.

In the Race 11 co-feature, Courtlandt Farm’s Sonneman ($12.20) overcame a slow start while benefiting from a fast early pace to register a fast-closing victory in the seven-furlong optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds.

Trained by Mark Hennig, the son of Curlin hesitated at the start and broke last, as I’ll Fight Dempsey, the 1-2 favorite ridden by Luis Saez. I’ll Fight Dempsey, an impressive debut winner Feb. 29, set pressured fractions of 22.66 and 44.82 seconds for the first half-mile, which would take a toll in the stretch run but set up Sonneman’s late surge.

Sonneman, who hadn’t run since breaking his maiden at Belmont in his third career start Oct. 5, ran seven furlongs in 1:23.70 while winning by two lengths over Golden Candy. I’ll Fight Dempsey finished fourth.

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $500,000

There will be a guaranteed Rainbow 6 jackpot pool of $500,000 for Sunday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

The Rainbow 6 went unsolved Saturday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $7,892.22.

The Rainbow 6 jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $20,219.91 heading into Sunday’s card.

Matthew O’Connor Saddles First Winner at Gulfstream Park

Former Nick Zito Assistant Scores with Duellist in Saturday’s Opener

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Matthew O’Connor notched his first career win Saturday at Gulfstream Park, saddling Duellist for an off-the-pace victory in the opener of a 12-race program.

“It feels good, but it feels a little weird that no one is here,” the 22-year-old New Hyde Park native said. “We left with a win, that’s all that matters.”

O’Connor, who grew up five miles from Belmont Park, first worked on the racetrack for trainer Dominic Schettino at the age of 16. He joined Robert Falcone Jr. for a year before spending the last two years with Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito.

“Nick Zito taught me so a lot of the stuff I know. I’m forever grateful to him,” said O’Connor, who currently trains four horses at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. “He’s like a second father to me.”

O’Connor launched his training career by saddling Duellist for a third-place finish at Gulfstream March 15. Duellist ($8.40) was also his second starter, as well as his first winner.

Duellist, who closed from well off the pace to win Saturday’s $16,000 maiden claimer by a length, was ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, who got off to a hot start for Gulfstream’s Spring Meet by riding three winners Thursday and four more on Friday.

Gulfstream Park Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, April 4
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $41,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $100,000 $48,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $46,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 12 Claiming – $16,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, April 10 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $22,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 3 Claiming – $20,000 $26,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $35,000
Race 5 Claiming – $16,000 $20,000
Race 6 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $18,000
Race 7 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $46,000
Race 9 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $45,000

Final Entries

Thursday, April 9
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 2 Claiming – $6,250 $16,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $19,000
Race 4 Claiming – $30,000 $29,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $30,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $26,000
Race 7 Starter Optional Claiming – $25,000 $27,000
Race 8 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $46,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $45,000

First Premio Seeks First Prize in Saturday’s Feature at Gulfstream

Brown-trained Candy Machine Graduates after Eventful Trip
$300,000 Guaranteed Pool in Saturday’s Rainbow 6

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Team Valor International’s First Premio is set to make his seasonal debut in Saturday’s Race 10 feature at Gulfstream Park after finishing his 2019 campaign with a near-miss against Grade 1 company.

The 6-year-old son of Pure Prize, who failed to draw off the also-eligible list for the Appleton (G3) on last weekend’s Curlin Florida Derby program, is rated as the 7-2 morning-line favorite for the optional claiming allowance at a mile on turf for 4-year-olds and up.

Trained by Mark Casse, First Premio made an eight-wide sweep to close from 12th at the top of the stretch to finish fourth in the Oct., 5 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland, beaten by just three-quarters of a length by victorious Bowies Hero and a pair of noses for second money.

“He’s a horse that we got from Europe as a young horse and he’s gotten better and better,” Casse said. “With a better trip, he may have won his last start.”

First Premio was sent to Casse’s Ocala farm following the Shadwell Turf Mile.

“There wasn’t a whole lot left from him the rest of the year. We even thought maybe he deserved a shot at the Breeders’ Cup, but [Team Valor International’s} Barry Irwin and I talked about it and decided we’d be better giving him a break,” Casse said.

First Premio won his first start off a seven-month layoff in his 2019 debut, scoring a 3 ¼-length victory in the Colonel Bradley Stakes at Fair Grounds after stalking the early pace.

“I think he runs his best race when he’s half-way close, you cover him up and he comes with a rush,” Casse said.

Tyler Gaffalione has the mount aboard First Premio.

Madaket Stables LLC and Michael Kisber’s Colonist is scheduled to make his debut for trainer Todd Pletcher after being sidelined for 17 months. The 6-year-old gelded son of Pioneerof the Nile was graded stakes-placed as a 4-year-old.

Pletcher-trained Halladay is also entered in Saturday’s feature. The 4-year-old son of War Front captured the Tropical Park Derby Dec. 28 in his only start over the Gulfstream turf.

Luca Panici is slated to ride Colonist for the first time Saturday, while Luis Saez has the call on Halladay.

Northwest Thoroughbreds Inc’s Kroy, a Grade 2 stakes-placed 6-year-old gelding, is scheduled to make his first start in ninth months Saturday on a turf course over which he is a multiple-stakes winner. The son of Kantharos will make his first start for trainer Danny Gargan, who has also entered Daniel Feiss’ Dr. Shane, an optional claiming allowance winner at Gulfstream two starts back.

Emisael Jaramillo has the call on Kroy, while Joe Bravo has the mount on Dr. Shane.

Trainer Jane Cibelli is also be represented by a pair of entrants, Edward Short’s Class and Cash, a multiple-stakes winner who has finished first or second in 23 or 35 career starts, and George Vires’ Mai Ty One On, who was beaten by track-record holder Pay Any Price in his 2020 debut by a neck in a turf sprint before finishing third in the Tampa Turf Dash.

Joel Rosario has the call on Class and Cash, while Dylan Davis has been named on Mai Ty One On.

Thunder Ride, Ice Tea, Penalty, Regally Irish round out the field. Majestic Dunhill is a main-track only entrant.

Brown-trained Candy Machine Graduates after Eventful Trip

On Friday’s program at Gulfstream Park, Candy Machine withstood race-long pressure and a stewards’ review to graduate in Race 6, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds. The Chad Brown-trained 4-5 favorite prevailed over Or’effice by three-quarters of a length after an eventful trip under Tyler Gaffalione.

Candy Machine, who had debuted with a second-place finish at six-furlongs Feb. 29, pressed the pace inside of Mukulwitz around the first turn and into the backstretch before taking the lead heading toward the far turn, pressed on the outside by Ellis Island and tracked by a full-of-run Or’effice. Joe Bravo elected to send Or’effice inside Candy Machine on the turn into the homestretch but quickly steadied his mount. Candy Machine took a clear lead into the stretch and continued on to hold off a resurgent Or’effice in deep stretch.

The stewards posted the inquiry sign and Bravo lodged an objection but the result stood after a lengthy review.

Candy Machine ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.31.

Peter Brant and Three Chimneys’ Candy Machine was a $475,000 purchase at the 2018 Keeneland September sale, while Mark Hennig-trained Or’effice, a son of Medaglia d’Oro, was bought for $725.000 by Courtlandt Farms at the same sale.

Candy Machine provided Gaffalione with his fourth winner of the afternoon.

$300,000 Guaranteed Pool in Saturday’s Rainbow 6

There will be a $300,000 guaranteed pool in Saturday’s Rainbow 6. The popular 20-cent wager will begin with the seventh race, a mile turf event for claimers.

First race post is 12:45 p.m.

Multiple tickets with all six winners Friday were each worth $1,661.08

The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

 

Gulfstream Park Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, April 3
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $30,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Starter Optional Claiming – $16,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $12,500 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $47,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Thursday, April 9 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 2 Claiming – $6,250 $16,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $19,000
Race 4 Claiming – $30,000 $29,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $30,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $32,000 $26,000
Race 7 Starter Optional Claiming – $25,000 $27,000
Race 8 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $46,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $45,000

Final Entries

Sunday, April 5
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 3 Claiming – $10,000 $19,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $41,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $41,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $41,000
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $46,000
Race 11 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000

Gulfstream Park Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, April 2
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $35,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $19,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $10,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $6,250 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $50,000 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $46,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $45,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Sunday, April 5 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 3 Claiming – $10,000 $19,000
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $41,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $41,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $45,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $41,000
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $46,000
Race 11 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000

Final Entries

Saturday, April 4
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $19,000
Race 2 Claiming – $8,000 $18,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $17,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $19,000
Race 5 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $25,000
Race 7 Claiming – $12,500 $19,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $41,000
Race 9 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $33,000
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $100,000 $48,000
Race 11 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $46,000
Race 12 Claiming – $16,000 $23,000