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Cross Country Pick 5 Offered Saturday with Aqueduct, Oaklawn Races

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will again partner with Oaklawn Park to host a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, highlighted by the $100,000 Franklin Square for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack and the $100,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders' at Oaklawn. Saturday's sequence will begin with two races at the Big A, starting with the fifth running of the Franklin Square in Race 8 [post time of 4:26 p.m. Eastern] and the card's ninth and final race with a 4:57 p.m. post time. The third-through-fifth legs will feature three races at Oaklawn, starting with Race 7 at 5:11 p.m.; the 11th running of the Downthedustyroad Breeders' for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at 5:41 p.m.; and the card's finale in Race 9 with a 6:11 p.m. post time. All the action will be shown on FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, airing 4-6:30 p.m. Eastern time on FS2. The live broadcast will feature both of the Cross-Country Pick 5 races at Aqueduct, the fifth-through-ninth races at Oaklawn, Races 11-12 at Gulfstream Park - featuring the Grade 3 Hal's Hope and the Texas Glitter, respectively - and the sixth race at Santa Anita Park. The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is also available on track, on ADW platforms, and at simulcast facilities across the country. There will be a mandatory payout of the entire pool. Aqueduct-Oaklawn Park Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, February 23: Leg 1 - Aqueduct, Race 8: Franklin Square (4:26 p.m.) Leg 2 - Aqueduct, Race 9: (4:57 p.m.) Leg 3 - Oaklawn, Race 7: (5:11 p.m.) Leg 4 - Oaklawn, Race 8: Downthedustyroad Breeders' (5:41 p.m.) Leg 5 - Oaklawn, Race 9: (6:11 p.m.)

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Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Attracts 43 Nominations

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) show finisher Signalman, unraced since winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) in his 2-year-old finale, and 2018 Remsen (G2) winner Maximus Mischief are among 43 sophomores nominated to the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) Saturday, March 2 at Gulfstream Park. The 73rd running of the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth – the next step on the road to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) March 30 – headlines a spectacular card featuring nine stakes, all graded, worth $1.62 million in purses. Signalman was second to Knicks Go in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in his stakes debut last fall, running third to 2-year-old champion Game Winner in the Juvenile and taking the Kentucky Jockey Club by a neck Nov. 24 – all at 1 1/16 miles – for trainer Ken McPeek. Stablemate Harvey Wallbanger, 29-1 upset winner of the Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull (G2) Feb. 2, is nominated but expected to train up to the Florida Derby. Maximus Mischief suffered his first loss in four career starts in the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull, his sophomore debut. He won his first three races by 17 combined lengths, capped by a 2 ¼-length triumph in the 1 1/8-mile Remsen Dec. 1 at Aqueduct. Also prominent among Fountain of Youth nominees are Bourbon War, who bounced back from a fourth in the Remsen to win a 1 1/16-mile allowance Jan. 18 at Gulfstream; Call Paul and Zenden, 1-2, respectively, in the seven-furlong Swale (G3) Feb. 2; 2018 Champagne (G1) runner-up Code of Honor; Grade 3 turf winner Current; Holy Bull runner-up Everfast; Global Campaign, two-for-two this winter at Gulfstream; Hidden Scroll, a 14-length maiden special weight winner Jan. 26 at Gulfstream for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott; and Maximum Security, who moved to 4-0 with a runaway triumph Feb. 20 over Gulfstream’s main track. Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old filly Jaywalk is expected to make her sophomore debut in the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2), a one mile event that attracted 19 nominations. Trained by Kentucky Derby (G1) winner John Servis for Cash is King and D.J. Stable, the daughter of Cross Traffic won four straight to end her title season capped by the Frizette (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Feedback, Champagne Anyone and Jeltrin, first, third and fourth, respectively, in the Davona Dale prep, the seven-furlong Forward Gal (G3) Feb. 2 at Gulfstream; 2018 Tempted (G3) winner Oxy Lady; Cookie Dough, who swept the final two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes series last fall; Grade 2-placed High Regard; and Orra Moor, who romped by 7 ¾ lengths Feb. 10 at Gulfstream are also nominated. A total of 21 older horses were nominated to the $200,000 Mac Diarmida at 1 3/8 miles on the grass, led by multiple graded-stakes winning millionaires Bigger Picture and Channel Maker; 2017 Bowling Green (G2) winner Hunter O’Riley; 2018 Bernard Baruch (G2) winner Qurbaan; and Zulu Alpha, half-length winner of the 1 ½-mle W. L. McKnight (G3) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream. Defending champion Holy Helena heads 18 older females nominated to the $150,000 The Very One (G3), a list that includes graded-stakes winners A.A. Azula’s Arch, Eskimo Kisses, Puerto Rican import Pure Lemon, Si Que Es Buena and Tricky Escape. Sophomores will go 1 1/16 miles on turf in the $150,000 Palm Beach (G3) and $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3), the latter for fillies. Gulfstream turf stakes winners A Thread of Blue, Casa Creed, Henley’s Joy and Louder Than Bombs top 23 nominees to the Palm Beach, while A Bit Special, who ran her win streak to three in the one-mile Sweetest Chant (G3) Feb. 3 at Gulfstream, heads 25 nominees to the Herecomesthebride. Multiple Grade 1 winner Heart to Heart and 10-year-old Hogy, a 19-time winner of more than $1.3 million in purses, are prominent among 17 nominees to the $150,000 Canadian Turf (G3), one of two one-mile turf stakes for older horses along with the $150,000 Honey Fox (G3) for females, which attracted 22 nominations led by Valedictorian and Peach of a Gal, first and third, respectively, in the Suwannee River (G3) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream. Rounding out the stakes action is the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3), whose 13 nominees include 2018 Fountain of Youth winner Promises Fulfilled, who went on to win three graded sprint stakes led by the H. Allen Jerkens (G1) at Saratoga.

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War of Will Scores Once More in Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes

Gary Barber’s War of Will had to work a bit harder than he did last couple of times, but nevertheless he once again proved that he was the best when garnering up another victory on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in Saturday evening’s Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Breaking from the far outside thorough post 14, jockey Tyler Gaffalione used the 3-year-old son of War Front a bit coming out of the gate in order to get the right position, was four wide going into the first turn and sat right off of pacesetter Gun It who recorded opening fractions of 23.71 and 43.36. Just inside the three-eighths, War of Will established command and edged clear at the quarter pole. Gaffalione urged War of Will the whole way down to the wire but he was still able to get the job done and won by 2½ lengths in a time of 1:44.59. Country House was a green but a willing second while Roiland close late for third. Hog Creek Hustle, Limonite, Manny Wah, Mr. Money, Owendale, Chase the Ghost, Henley’s Joy, Dunph, Gun It, Plus Que Parfait and Frolic More rounded out the field. “The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.” The Risen Star was Gaffalione’s third time aboard War of Will. He piloted the colt for trainer Mark Casse in his five-length maiden special weight victory at Churchill Downs in November as well as the Grade III Lecomte Stakes, which he won by four lengths. “Mark and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.” The Risen Star Stakes victory gave War of Will 50 qualifying points on Churchill Downs’ Road To The Kentucky Derby. He is now atop the Leaderboard with 60 total points. He earned 10 when he won the Lecomte last month. “For a big horse, he has tremendous speed,” Casse said. “He had to hit the gas a little to get over so that got him a little riled up. It’s like hitting the gas and trying to hit stop. They’re not as easy to stop as a car. He got him rolling and probably made the lead a little earlier than we would have liked. He’s done this a few times early on. When he gets the lead, he starts wandering. If he keeps winning there will be some big targets for him to chase.” Casse stated that the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on March 23 would likely be War of Will’s next target. “As long as he’s happy and healthy that’s where we’ll go and then we’ll talk about it from there,” Casse said. “I think (Fair Grounds) is a wonderful place to get a horse ready for the classics. We have right now four or five Derby horses and our two major Derby horses are here right now. I think a lot of that. I have David Carroll who I have utmost respect for so that’s important for me. Last year we almost won the Kentucky Oaks with Wonder Gadot and she stabled here. It’s a great place, it’s nice and the weather isn’t bad. Horses stay happy and safe here for the most part.” War of Will was the odds-on favorite at post time and paid $4.00, $3.00 and $2.60 while second-choice Country House returned $6.00 and $4.80. Longshot Roiland brought back $15.20. Now unbeaten in three starts over the main track, War of Will has earned a total of $491,569 in lifetime earnings having collected $260,000 from winning the Risen Star. Purchased by Casse’s brother Justin from the Arqana Two-Year-Olds In Training Breeze Up Sale in France last May for $298,550, War of Will is out of the Sadler’s Wells broodmare Visions of Clarity (Ire.) who is a half-sister to 1997 Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Spinning World. Visions of Clarity also produced Pathfork – the winner of the Group 1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh in 2010. Other members of his family include Grade I turf winners Good Journey and Denon as well as Aldebaran – a three-time Grade I winner on dirt.

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Stronach 5 has $169K Carryover for Friday, February 22

LAUREL, MD – With no winning tickets in Friday’s Stronach 5, the national pick 5 wager with an industry-low 12-percent takeout is expected to climb to more than $500,000 Friday, Feb. 22.The carryover going into next Friday is $169,305.51.Friday’s sequence produced a $140 winner at Golden Gate Fields in Shari and an $89.20 winner at Gulfstream Park in Off the Mark.Friday, February 15 Stronach 5 Winners Leg One - Gulfstream Park 8th Race - Hellow Juliet ($6.60) Leg Two - Laurel Park 9th Race - Autotrade ($9.20) Leg Three - Santa Anita Park 4th Race - Gio Pronto ($22.00) Leg Four - Gulfstream Park 11th Race - Off the Mark ($89.20) Leg Five - Golden Gate Fields 5th Race - Shari ($140.00) The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.

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2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool #2 Results

Here are the full results for Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool #2 (February 8 - 10, 2019): 1. Bourbon War (Mark Hennig) - 31/1 ($64.80)2. Coliseum (Bob Baffert) - 22/1 ($46.20) 3. Game Winner (Bob Baffert) - 5/1 ($13.40)4. Global Campaign (Stanley Hough) - 22/1 ($47.80) 5. Gray Attempt (William Fires) - 104/1 ($211.20) 6. Gunmetal Gray (Jerry Hollendorfer) - 34/1 ($71.60) 7. Harvey Wallbanger (Ken McPeek) - 28/1 ($58.00) 8. Hidden Scroll (Bill Mott) - 7/1 ($17.60) 9. Improbable (Bob Baffert) - 7/1 ($17.60) 10. Instagrand (Jerry Hollendorfer) - 10/1 ($22.60) 11. Knicks Go (Ben Colebrook) - 78/1 ($158.20) 12. Limonite (Steve Asmussen) - 60/1 ($122.00) 13. Maximus Mischief (Robert Reid Jr.) - 38/1 ($78.00) 14. Mucho Gusto (Bob Baffert) - 23/1 ($48.20) 15. Network Effect (Chad Brown) - 40/1 ($83.60) 16. Owendale (Brad Cox) - 111/1 ($225.20) 17. Signalman (Ken McPeek) - 28/1 ($59.20) 18. Tacitus (Bill Mott) - 96/1 ($194.00) 19. Tax (Danny Gargan) - 63/1 ($128.60) 20. Vekoma (George Weaver) - 41/1 ($84.00) 21. Walking Thunder (Ahmad bin Harmash) - 118/1 ($239.80) 22. War of Will (Mark Casse) - 17/1 ($36.80) 23. Win Win Win (Michael Trombetta) - 35/1 ($72.60) 24. All Other 3YO's - 5/2 ($7.60)

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Gulfstream's Rainbow 6 Mandatory Payout Returns $100,919

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Mandatory payout of Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 Saturday, which reached $8.2 million, returned $100,919.88 to multiple tickets with all six winners. It wasn’t an easy ticket to hit. The Rainbow 6 got off to a surprise when Papa Y, a 50-1 longshot who had failed to hit the board in four previous tries, went gate-to-wire and returned $118. After the 12-1 longshot Trilby ($26.60) won the second leg, there were only 22,129 live tickets remaining. There was a $1,509,922 million carryover going into the day. There was $6,754,787 of new money wagered Saturday.   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. Global Campaign Leads Promising 3-Year-Olds Saturday There were several races featuring 3-year-olds Saturday, but none were more impressive than Sagamore Farm LLC’s and WinStar Farm LLC’s Global Campaign, who drew off from Grade 1-placed Standard Deviation down the stretch to win going 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.29 Trained by Stanley Hough and ridden by leading jockey Luis Saez, Global Campaign’s victory Saturday’s followed an equally impressive winning debut here Jan. 5 at seven furlongs. “He’s a talented horse,” Hough said. “Obviously, you don’t know the first time two turns for a lot of them, but, gosh, he handled it well.” So what’s next for the undefeated son of Curlin who brought $250,000 at auction? “We don’t know,” Hough said. “Hopefully, it will be one of the many races coming up. The Fountain of Youth (G2) is a possibility.” In other races featuring 3-year-olds, Mathis Stable LLC’s 3-year-old colt Last Judgement, a $300,000 son of Congrats, broke his maiden at second asking. After being a bit difficult to load, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt won by a length going six furlongs in 1:10.13 under jockey John Velazquez. Pletcher and Velazquez were back in the winner’s circle some 60 minutes later with Cheyenne Stables LLC’s Angelia. The daughter of Curlin, stretching out around two turns for the first time, won at 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.95. It was Angelia’s fourth start. Juddmonte Farm’s homebred Clause ran down Can’t Buy Me Love down the stretch to break her maiden at first asking. Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Clause, a 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown, covered a firm mile course in 1:34.86.

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Well Defined Springs Upset in Sam F. Davis Stakes

Trainer Kathleen O’Connell scored one of the biggest upsets in Tampa Bay Downs history in 2011 when she saddled 43-1 shot Watch Me Go to win the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby. Today’s Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis triumph with 3-year-old gelding Well Defined was nowhere near as shocking, but it was equally gratifying for the Tampa Bay Downs-based trainer, her legion of fans and the huge following owned by jockey Pablo Morales, who helped engineer the upset. “That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer. “He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.” Kentucky Wildcat was vanned off after the race. Later, trainer Tom Albertrani reported that the colt was bearing weight and resting comfortably but would be transported to a clinic in Ocala for observation. Well Defined’s victory was part of an electric Festival Preview Day 39 Presented by Lambholm South card that also featured 6-year-old mare Hawksmoor’s victory under Javier Castellano in the Grade III, $175,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes on the turf and 6-year-old horse Inspector Lynley’s triumph under Jose Ortiz in the Grade III, $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes on the turf, a race Inspector Lynley won two years ago. In the day’s non-graded stakes, the $150,000 Suncoast Stakes, Point of Honor turned on the jets in the stretch to triumph under Castellano, perhaps stamping herself as a Kentucky Oaks candidate. Total wagering on the 12-race card of $9,521,537 was $17,185 more than last year’s Festival Preview Day and the second-highest total on a Sam F. Davis card to the $10,743,714 wagered in 2016. Well Defined improved to 3-for-7, with the $170,000 winner’s share of the purse increasing his career bankroll to $490,570. He appeared to tire in each of his last two starts, the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream, but O’Connell said he had excuses each time. “His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.” Getting a word from Morales is never difficult, except when he is stopping to accept congratulations from well-wishers on his walk back to the jockeys’ room. He was still floating on a cloud in the 12th and final race on the turf, en route to another victory on 10-1 shot Funny Questions, even as observers wondered how he possibly had time to pose for pictures, get interviewed and change silks after the Sam F. Davis. “(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race. “The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch. “All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could. “I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.” Well Defined paid $16 to win. Trainer Ben Colebrook said jockey Albin Jimenez offered no real excuses for Knicks Go’s late fade. “Albin said he was getting out a little around the turn, so I don’t know what to make of that,” Colebrook said. “It looked like he had dead aim and then he kind of flattened out. It didn’t go the way we wanted, but hopefully there will be another day.”

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$10 Million Reasons to Play Gulfstream's Rainbow 6 on Saturday, February 9

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a mandatory payout Saturday afternoon with a pool that could climb as high as $10 million.The Rainbow 6 begins with Gulfstream’s seventh race and includes four turf races, one a maiden special weight event going a mile, and the $100,000 El Prado, which attracted a field of 13 4-year-olds and up going 7 ½ furlongs on the turf.To help bettors, Gulfstream hosts and analysts Jason Blewitt and Ron Nicoletti along with the Daily Racing Form’s writer and clocker Mike Welsch handicap Saturday’s Rainbow 6. Watch Video Este Sábado 9 de Febrero habrá pago obligatorio del Rainbow Pick6, iniciando en la séptima carrera de la jornada a las. 3:07pm y con más de millón y medio de dólares acumulados, sino aparecen tickets únicos los días Jueves y Viernes, más lo que se apueste en el Pick6 el día Sábado. Los pronosticadores Claudia Spadaro y Alfredo Alfonzo hicieron un análisis con sus selecciones y recomendaciones para las seis carreras que serán parte del Rainbow Pick 6: Enlance al video

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