Monday, June 14, 2021
Ocalan Mark Casse will try to improve on already impressive record . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Live racing action at Gulfstream Park will resume Friday with a nine-race twilight card [2 p.m. start] that will feature three maiden special weight races for 2-year-olds

    Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse, who has dominated the 2-year-old season at Gulfstream thus far, will be represented by first-time starters in two of the three juvenile races. Casse has sent out debut winners in five of seven events for 2-year-old thus far during the Spring/Summer Meet. He is scheduled to be represented by Quintessential Racing Florida LLC’s Fulminate in Race 1 and Live Oak Plantation’s Forever Souper in Race 5.

    Fulminate, a son of Get Stormy out of a City Zip mare, has been training well at Palm Meadows for the $70,000, 7 ½-furlong race on turf. Forever Souper, a son of American Pharoah out of a War Front mare, has also been training sharply at Palm Meadows for his debut in the $60,000 five-furlong race for Florida-breds on the main track.

    Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Noble Dreamer, who pressed the early pace while three-wide before finishing second in her May 28 debut, will return to action in Race 3, a five-furlong test for Florida-bred fillies. Saffie Joseph Jr. trains the daughter of Noble Bird, a Gr. 1 stakes winner who ran in the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream.

    Friday’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $500,000. The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for nine days since a lucky ticket-holder broke the jackpot May 29 for a $400,000 payoff.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Can $86.40 get it? . . .
    BALTIMORE – With the Maryland state record 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot having surpassed the $1 million mark for today, Maryland Jockey Club host and analyst Naomi Tukker and WBAL-TV sports anchor and reporter Pete Gilbert weighed in with ways to take down the life-changing prize.

    Tukker’s “must use” horse in the sequence comes in the Race 5 opener with Richard Sillaman-trained Live and Let Liv. The 3-year-old filly has been worse than third just once from eight career starts, five of them wins, and “ran a career-best 45 days ago at this level, so plenty of time for her to get re-energized and ready to go.”

    Race 6, the $75,000 Ben’s Cat for Maryland-bred/sired 3-year-olds and up sprinting five furlongs on the turf, is where Tukker’s price play comes with 2020 Maryland Million Turf runner-up Cannon’s Roar (8-1). “I love that he had a breeze from the gate coming into this, and he has held his own sprinting on the turf.”

    Constructed at a cost of $86.40, Gilbert’s Rainbow 6 ticket utilizes at least two horses in each leg of the sequence, spreading out to four – undefeated 8-5 favorite Chub Wagon and fellow multiple stakes winners Hello Beautiful, Dontletsweetfoolya and Anna’s Bandit – in the $100,000 Shine Again (Race 9).

    Gilbert used Matta (9-2) and So Street (4-1) in the $75,000 Ben’s Cat (Race 6); Pixelate (3-1), Argonne (8-1) and Midnight Tea Time (8-1) in the $100,000 Prince George’s County (Race 8); and long shots Door Buster (30-1) and Proper Attire (20-1) and Malibu Beauty (7-2) in the $100,000 Stormy Blues, the latter entered for main track only.

    In non-stakes races, Gilbert used recent Pimlico maiden special weight winner Blushable (8-1); Live and Let Liv (2-1), a five-time winner from eight starts; and Six Pack Sara (8-1), on a two-race win streak, in the opening sequence (Race 5), an optional claiming allowance for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

     Race 7 is a six-furlong claimer for maidens 3, 4 and 5 years old where Gilbert has both Snow Job (5-1), unraced since Dec. 9 and trying dirt for the first time after six grass starts, and Harbor Crossing (9-2), a second-time starter from trainer Hugh McMahon.

 Gilbert’s Rainbow 6 Ticket:

 Race 5: 1, 3, 8

Race 6: 4, 6

Race 7: 5, 8

Race 8: 1, 5, 12

Race 9: 1, 2, 5, 8

Race 10: 4, 5, 6
Saturday, June 12, 2021
560 2-year-olds sell for $24.49 million . . .

    Hip No. 722, a daughter of Frosted consigned by Silvestre Chavez Thoroughbreds, Agent, went to Mike Ryan, Agent, for $410,000 to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The gray or roan filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at Saturday’s Under Tack session, is a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Summersault out of Saratoga Summer, by Smart Strike.

    Hip No. 816, a son of Quality Road consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to M Racing Group, LLC for $400,000. The bay colt, whose quarter in :20 4/5 was co-fastest at the distance at Sunday’s Under Tack session, is out of stakes-winner Surfside Tiara, by Scat Daddy, from the family of champion Flanders. 

    Blinkers On Racing Stable, Zach Madden, Agent, went to $290,000 for Hip No. 827, a son of Distorted Humor whose quarter in :20 4/5 on Sunday was the session’s co-fastest. Consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, the bay colt is a half-brother to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Kyriaki out of Tally Ho Dixie, by Dixieland Band.

    Hip No. 791, a daughter of Empire Maker consigned by Navas Equine, was purchased for $260,000 by D. J. Stable LLC. The bay filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Sunday, is a half-sister to stakes-winner Surfside Tiara out of Starlight Tiara, by More Than Ready, from the family of champion Flanders.

    Hip No. 683, a daughter of Tonalist consigned by Six K’s Training & Sales LLC, Agent, was sold to Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, Agent, for $250,000. The bay filly, who breezed an Under Tack eighth on Saturday in :10 2/5, is out of stakes-winner Rapid Rhythm, by Successful Appeal, a daughter of stakes-placed Patriot Miss.

    T B Bloodstock paid $240,000 for Hip No. 802, a son of Mastery consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, who breezed a quarter on Sunday in :21 1/5. The chestnut colt is out of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Stormy Regatta, by Midshipman, from the family of graded stakes-winner Utopian.

    Hip No 688, a son of Curlin, who breezed an eighth in :10 3/5 on Saturday, was purchased by Donato Lanni, Agent for North Star, for $220,000. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, the chestnut colt is out of R d’Oro, by Medaglia d’Oro, a daughter of Gr. I stakes-winner R Heat Lightning.

    Hip No. 835, a dark bay or brown colt by Practical Joke consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, who turned in Sunday’s co-fastest quarter in :20 4/5, was sold to William D. McCarty, Mike Pender, Agent, for $210,000. He’s a half-brother to graded stakes-placed stakes- winner Jo Jo Air out of Tessie Flip, by Grand Slam.

    Hip No. 858, Guy, a son of Honor Code consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was purchased by Nick J. Hines, Agent for Slam Dunk Racing, for $205,000. The bay colt, who worked an Under Tack eighth on Sunday in :10 1/5, is out of Twirlin Curlin, by Curlin, a daughter of stakes-placed Malibu Moon Dance from the family of Gr. I winner Hookedonthefeelin.

    Hip No. 670, a daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, went to Mike Ryan, Agent, for $200,000. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Queen Yolanda, by Pioneerof the Nile, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Mississippi Delta.

    Hip No. 723, a daughter of Frosted consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, was sold to Steven W. Young, Agent, for $200,000. The dark bay or brown filly, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 on Saturday, is out of Sassy Ali Joy, by Indian Charlie, from the family of champion Banshee Breeze.

    Wilson One Constructing LLC went to $200,000 for Hip No. 725, a son of Midnight Storm consigned by Dynasty Thoroughbreds. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 on Saturday, is a half-brother to stakes-placed Mo of the West out of Satulah, by Gone West, a daughter of graded stakes-winner War Thief.

    For the session, 162 2-year-olds sold for $8,344,950, compared with 183 grossing $6,468,700 at last year’s third session. The average was $51,512, compared with $35,348 a year ago, while the median price was $25,000, compared to $15,000 in 2020.  The buyback percentage was 18.2%; it was 16.4% last year. Seven older horses sold for $55,200, averaging $7,886 with a $5,500 median price.

    For the entire sale, 560 2-year-olds sold for a sales record $24,492,950, surpassing 2015’s $23,608,500, compared with 519 horses grossing $15,864,300 a year ago. The average was a record $43,737, surpassing 2015’s $39,612, compared to $30,567 a year ago, while the median price was a sales record-equaling $20,000 compared with $13,000 in 2020. The buyback percentage was 18%; it was 20.2% last year.

Friday, June 11, 2021
Record Rainbow 6 play postponed until tomorrow . . .
    BALTIMORE – With persistent heavy rain falling and more in the forecast throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, today’s live program at Pimlico Race Course was canceled after the second race.

    According to the National Weather Service, up to an inch of rain had fallen in the Baltimore area with another inch expected. The NWS also issued flood warnings for Central Baltimore County and Baltimore City.


     The national weekly Stronach 5 wager, which was scheduled to begin with Pimlico’s eighth-race finale, was also canceled.

     Action is scheduled to return with an eight-race program Saturday, beginning at 12:40 p.m. and featuring the Maryland state record 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $974,564. The Rainbow 6 begins in Race 3.

    Sunday’s 10-race program (12:40 p.m.) features five stakes, four scheduled for the turf, worth $475,000 in purse money.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Second session up 69.4 % . . .

    Hip No. 543, a daughter of Nyquist consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, went to Sweetwater Trading Co., Agent for Rockingham Ranch, for $420,000 to top the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The chestnut filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at Friday’s Under Tack session, is out of stakes-winner Midnight Ballet, by Midnight Lute, a half-sister to champion Jala Jala (MEX).

    Hip No. 418, a daughter of Dialed In consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc, (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, was sold to Alistair Roden Bloodstock for $350,000. The dark bay or brown filly, who breezed an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5 on Friday, is a half-sister to graded stakes-winning OBS graduate Anothertwistafate out of Imprecation, by First Defense.

    Karl & Cathi Glassman went to $335,000 for Hip No. 506, a son of Hard Spun who worked an eighth in :10 3/5 at Friday’s Under Tack Session. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, the bay colt is out of Lovisa, by Speightstown, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Poupee Flash.

    Hip No. 319, a son of Quality Road consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to Steven W. Young, Agent, for $280,000. The bay colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Thursday, is a half-brother to stakes-placed Burger and Fries (FR) out of Figarie, by Bernardini, a daughter of champion Flanders.

    Hip No. 447, a daughter of Frosted consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, who turned in the Friday Under Tack session’s fastest eighth in :9 4/5, was sold to John Ballantyne / N B S Stable for $250,000. The gray or roan filly is out of graded stakes-winner Jody Slew, a half-sister to stakes-winner Cape of Bradford.

    Larry Zap, Agent for Mike Mellen, went to $240,000 for Hip No. 623, a son of Ghostzapper consigned by Coastal Equine LLC (Jesse Hoppel), Agent, who turned in an Under Tack quarter on Saturday in :21 1/5. The bay colt is out of stakes-winner Pacific Heat, by Unusual Heat, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Long Hot Summer.

    Hip No. 487, a daughter of Liam’s Map consigned by Coastal Equine LLC (Jesse Hoppel), Agent, was purchased for $230,000 by Mitch Weaver. The gray or roan filly, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 on Friday, is out of Let It Snow, by Tapit, a half-sister to stakes-winner Eagle Orb.

    Hip No. 596, a son of Klimt consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent, was sold to James Divito, Agent, for $225,000. The bay colt, who worked an eighth in :10 1/5 at Saturday’s Under Tack session, is a half-brother to graded stakes-placed stakes-winning OBS graduate Mo d’Amour out of Neverthesame, by Scat Daddy.

    Oracle Bloodstock, Agent went to $220,000 for Hip No. 413, a daughter of Practical Joke consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent. The chestnut filly, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner American Sugar out of I Love America, by Quiet American, breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at Friday’s Under Tack session.

    Hip No. 393, a son of Arrogate consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, was sold to Alistair Roden Bloodstock for $185,000. The dark bay or brown colt, whose quarter in :20 4/5 was the fastest work at the distance at Friday’s Under Tack session, is out of stakes-winner Hero’s Amor, by Street Sense, a full sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Threefiveindia.

    Hip No. 489, a son of Empire Maker consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, was sold to Cash Is King LLC for $180,000. The bay colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 on Friday, is a three-quarter brother to Gr. I stakes-winner and noted sire Pioneerof the Nile, out of Light of the Nile, by Eskendereya.

    Hip No. 469, a daughter of Constitution consigned by Pick View LLC, Agent, went to Blue Lion Thoroughbreds for $175,000. The chestnut filly, who breezed an eighth on Friday in :10 2/5, is out of Lady Aphrodite, by Giant’s Causeway, a half-ister to graded stakes-winner Strike It Rich.

    Hip No. 491, Flash Kiss, a son of Chitu consigned by Mayberry Farm, Agent, was sold to Tonja Terranova, Agent, for $175,000. The bay colt, who worked an eighth on Friday in :10 flat, is out of Lipstick Traces, by Orientate, a daughter of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner My Sweet Westly.

    For the session, 191 horses grossed $8,149,600, compared with 173 selling for $4,357,800 at last year’s second session. The average was $42,668, up 69.4% compared with $25,190 a year ago, while the median price was $17,000, up 38.5% compared to $13,000 in 2021.  The buyback percentage was 22%; it was 18.8% last year.