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Gulfstream has Massive Saturday Card, $715K Pick 6 Carryover

by Gulfstream Park Press Release

June 23, 2018

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot at Gulfstream Park went unsolved for the 24th consecutive racing program Friday, producing a carryover jackpot of $715,393.50 for Saturday’s 12-race program (First Post – 12:45 p.m.).

Multiple tickets with six winners Friday (all in the ninth) were each worth $638.78. 

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. 

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 7-12, kicked off with a $65,000 five-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-olds fillies on turf that attracted a pair of Mark Casse-trained first-time starters – Girl of War, a daughter of Declaration of War, and Steps, a daughter of Street Boss. Trainer Jonathan Thomas also has a pair of fillies entered, including first-time starter Kintra, a daughter of Kingman, and One Wild Chic, a daughter of Mineshafaft who debuted with a third-place finish on dirt May 31. The second leg of the six-race sequence will feature 2-year-old maidens going six furlongs on the main track. Trainer Todd Pletcher has entered a pair of first-time starters – Seanow, a son of Tiznow, and Spinoff, a son of Hard Spun.

Multiple-Stakes Winner Kroy Back on Turf for Saturday Feature

A multiple-stakes winner on turf who finished second in his dirt debut last time out, Kroy is set for a return to his preferred surface Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the featured third race, a mile optional claiming allowance on turf.

Trained by Armando De la cerda for Midwest Thoroughbreds, Kroy has been installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the stakes-quality feature. The 4-year-old gelding concluded a productive 2017 campaign that included two stakes triumphs with a game second-place finish in the Mathis Brothers Mile (G2) at Santa Anita, where he set the pace and gave way grudgingly to Bowies Hero to come up a half-length short.

Kroy has raced once thus far in 2018, finishing second in the March 12 Big Drama Stakes at Gulfstream, finishing 1 ¾ lengths behind multiple graded-stakes winner Mr. Jordan after setting the pace in his dirt debut.

“I didn’t plan to run him in the race, but he started working good and I said, ‘This is a good place to start. Let’s get him ready in this race,” De la cerda said. “He ran good. By the eighth-pole, he got tired. He wasn’t ready but he still tried to win.”

De la cerda plans to take Kroy back to Southern California during the summer meet at Del Mar.

“I want to get him ready for Del Mar,” said De la cerda, who is eying the $200,000 Del Mar Mile (G2) Aug. 19. “I think it’s better for Kroy, because Santa Anita has a long stretch and Del Mar has a shorter stretch."

De la cerda is well aware of the difference between mile races at Del Mar and Santa Anita. The De la cerda-trained La Tia registered a front-running victory in the 2014 Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar before setting the pace and coming up short by three-quarters of a length while finishing second in the Buena Vista (G2) in her next start at Santa Anita.