Tuesday, April 23, 2019
A message from her brothers . . .

    Cynthia McFarland sustained a serious head injury while with her horse on Monday evening, April 15 and was taken to Shands Hospital for life-saving emergency surgery.

    She is now talking and pondering her many responsibilities. We have already seen a miraculous recovery in just a short time.

    Cynthia will be in rehab for quite some time. We are unsure about the extent and time, but we want her to be able to concentrate on healing and not be concerned about the financial issues of daily living. Cynthia is a confident, strong, faithful woman with a kind and giving heart. We are asking her family, friends and community to support her in this very challenging time of recovery. She is a self- employed writer and has no other source of income other than what she generates through her writing and photography.

    While we have no idea of the extent of her future medical bills, we know that they will be substantial and could prove insurmountable. We have estimated her expenses and debt reduction for the next year to be nearly $100,000. We are asking her friends and community to rally around her and bless her with the ability to heal and recover without the immediate burden of finances. We believe and pray that she will return to her love of writing and impacting her friends and colleagues with her amazing skill and talents very soon.

Thank you for your outpouring of love.


Hugh and Kenn McFarland
Cynthia’s little brothers

From the editor:

   In 1990 or '91, when I was editor of the Florida Horse magazine, Cynthia walked into my office out of the blue one day and said she was an aspiring writer looking for a break. I didn't have anything for her for the upcoming issue of the magazine, but I told her not to give up because I felt I could find something in the near future and to try me again.

    That day came shortly thereafter, and I sent her out to interview a new owner who had just bought a thoroughbred farm north of Ocala. (To my best recollection the owner was Martin Cherry and he purchased the former Somday Farm). Cynthia came through with flying colors and it kicked off a highly-successful career writing for a great many local publications, including the Florida Horse.

    We wish her the best and urge everybody to open their wallets and pocketbooks on her behalf. 


Sunday, April 21, 2019
Closes in on $400,000 . . .

   The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot went unsolved for the 12th consecutive racing program at Gulfstream Park Saturday, leaving a carryover jackpot of $377,788 for today’s program. Multiple tickets with all six winners Saturday were each worth $13,964.12.

 A total of $224,456 was wagered on the multi-race wager Saturday, when a pool of $323,926 was carried over from Friday’s card.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Three Tampa runners could contest Kentucky Derby . . .
    OLDSMAR - A day after torrential rain and severe lightning caused the cancellation of the last seven races, Antonio Gallardo rode three winners Saturday in front of a sun-splashed crowd of racing fans. Now, they will have to wait until Wednesday, since Tampa Bay Downs is closed today to allow horsemen, employees and patrons to share the Easter holiday with their families. Wednesday’s nine-race card begins at 12:55 p.m.

    Gallardo, the effervescent Spaniard who has won four of the last five Tampa Bay Downs jockey titles, won the third race on hard-knocking Miss Rickles, a 7-year-old mare owned by Bruno Schickedanz and trained by Nick Caruso. Gallardo returned to the winner’s circle in the fourth race on King Daddio, a 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding owned by Ca Sal Stables and trained by Kathleen O’Connell.

    Gallardo teamed up with O’Connell again in the sixth race, winning on the turf with 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding Soldat’s Storm. He is owned by O’Connell in partnership with James O’Connor.

    Ronnie Allen Jr. rode two winners on the card. He was aboard 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding Pemaquid Pete in the second race for owner Leonard Rubacha and trainer Teresa Connelly. Allen then won the seventh race on J’s Flashy Halo, a 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by First Dude owned and bred by Janis K. Maitlen and trained by Maria Bowersock.

    On May 4, the Oldsmar oval will present a 12-race card leading to the simulcast of the 145th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. First-race post time will be noon. Patrons will be dressed to the nines in Derby finery, adding to the pageantry and aura of racing’s greatest spectacle, and mint juleps will be sold in commemorative Kentucky Derby glasses which sport the names of each winner from Aristides in 1875 through Justify in 2018.

    Derby Day at the Downs will be enhanced by a pair of $100,000, mile-and-40-yard stakes races for 3-year-olds: the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Silver Charm Florida Sire Stakes for males and the FTBOA Ivanavinalot Florida Sire Stakes for fillies. Both contests are for registered Florida-breds sired by an FTBOA-registered Florida stallion.

    Meanwhile, runners who have competed at Tampa Bay Downs are likely to occupy three of the 20 available positions in the Run for the Roses starting gate. That trio includes Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Tacitus; Live Oak Stud's Win Win Win, who won the Pasco Stakes on Jan. 19 and finished third in the Tampa Bay Derby; and Spinoff, who posted a dominant allowance/optional claiming victory on Feb. 22.

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Wonder Gadot sold for $325,000 . . .

    Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot has been named Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old female after winning the Queens Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, the first two legs of Canada’s Triple Crown, against males. She also placed in four graded stakes, including a second-place finish in the Gr. I Kentucky Oaks.

    To date, Wonder Gadot has compiled a record of 18-5-5-4 for trainer Mark Casse, and earned $1,524,861. The now 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was purchased for $325,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2017 April Sale after turning in an under tack eighth in :10 2/5.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Jackpot rises to $264,489 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will offer a carryover jackpot of $264,489 when live racing resumes at Gulfstream Park Thursday.

   The multi-race wager went unsolved for a ninth consecutive day Sunday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $3,937.

   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.

   There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $3,432.05.