Monday, January 20, 2020
Rainbow guaranteed at $4 million today . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law breezed five furlongs Sunday at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a planned start in the $350,000, Gr. III Holy Bull on Feb. 1.

    Trainer Barclay Tagg shipped the Gr. 1 stakes-winning 3-year-old son of Constitution from Palm Meadows Training Center for the workout, which was timed in 1:01.55.  New York-based jockey Manuel Franco came in for the breeze before returning to Aqueduct, where he rode the first-race winner. “He got some distance under him and got a feel for the track, that’s all I wanted to do,” Tagg said. “He seemed to handle it all right.” The breeze was his fourth since he finished third in the Nov. 30 Gr. II Kentucky Jockey Club.

    “He does every right. He’s no problem at all to train,” said Tagg, who saddled Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide for victories in the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

    Tiz the Law won his first two starts before finishing third in the Kentucky Jockey Club, which was run over a sloppy, sealed racetrack at Churchill Downs. He debuted at Saratoga on Aug. 8 with a 4 ½-length romp before capturing the Oct. 5 Gr. I Champagne at Belmont by four lengths.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $4 Million

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $4 million for today’s special Martin Luther King Jr. Day program.  (First-race post: 12:35 p.m.) The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 37th consecutive racing day Friday, and tickets with all six winners were worth $9,572.


Friday, January 17, 2020
Guarantees also for World Cup program . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Pool guarantees for the Late Pick 4 and the Late Pick 5 will be offered on the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series program at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

    The Late Pick 4, which will span the final four races on the program, will have a $1 million pool guarantee. The Late Pick 5, which will span the last five races on the card, will offer a $750,000 pool guarantee. Both are 50 cent-base wagers.

    The $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will highlight a program that will feature nine stakes, six graded, worth $4.2 million in purses

Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $3 Million

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool will be guaranteed at a life-changing $3 million for today’s program. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 34th consecutive racing day of the 2019-2020 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Thursday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $2,484.

WHO'S HOT: Jairo Rendon rode three winners Thursday, scoring aboard Scatnap ($8.40) in Race 7 and Dr. Harlan ($10.20) in Race 9 after an upset victory in Race 1 with Conquer ($67.80).

    Tyler Gaffalione doubled aboard Queen Nekia ($4.20) in Race 3 and Dermot ($8.20) in Race 5. Luis Saez also doubled with Drop Kick ($12.60) in Race 6 and Kitten By the Sea ($7.80) in Race 10.
Monday, January 13, 2020
Pletcher million-dollar yearling wins by 12 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 32nd consecutive racing day of the 2019-2020 Championship Meet Sunday, producing a carryover jackpot of $2,371,994 for Wednesday’s program. Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $2,223.

Million-Dollar Spice Is Nice Debuts Impressively

    Todd Pletcher unveiled an exciting 3-year-old filly prospect in Spice Is Nice on Sunday’s program. The daughter of Curlin scored a 12-length victory in Race 6, a mile maiden special weight race. Spice Is Nice, who was purchased for $1.05 million at the 2017 Keeneland September sale by Robert and Lawana Low, rated off the early pace before moving to the lead along the rail under John Velazquez on the turn into the stretch and drawing clear. Spice Is Nice ran a mile in 1:36.06 in her impressive debut.

    Earlier on the card, Motivated Seller, a 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief trained by Chad Brown, set a fast pressured pace before drawing away to a six-length score. Owned by Klaravich Stables Inc., Motivated Seller ran six furlongs in 1:10.99 under Javier Castellano in her career debut.

Who’s Hot:  Luis Saez tripled Sunday, scoring aboard Mr. Atila ($6) in Race 2, By the Sey Shore ($11.40) in Race 5, and Bold Painter ($14.40) in Race 7. Defending champ Irad Ortiz Jr. rode a pair of winners, scoring aboard Hard Count ($2.40) in Race 3 and New York’s Finest ($5) in Race 9.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Rainbow 6 soaring . . .

    LAUREL, MD – Without a favorite winning even one race, there were seven winning tickets in Friday’s Stronach 5, each returning $25,941. The wager, with a 12-percent takeout, had a guaranteed pool of $100,000, but the final total handle reached $206,397.

   The lowest payoff in the sequence was $11.20, and that came in the opening leg at Laurel Park. Also featured were races from Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields

Friday’s Stronach 5 Sequence:

?    Leg One: Laurel Park 8th Race: Factor It In - $11.20

?    Leg Two: Santa Anita 1sr Race: Lavender - $13.40

?    Leg Three: Gulfstream Park 9th Race: Ekhitibaar - $14.40

?    Leg Four:  Golden Gate Fields: Hot n’Famous - $12.80

?    Leg Five: Gulfstream Park Race 10th Race: Lady Grace - $13.40

    The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool is carried over to the next Friday.

    The Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream survived again, and there's a guaranteed pool of $2.5 million today.
The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 30th consecutive racing day of the 2019-2020 Championship Meet, and multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $13,234.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Ocala Stud sire was bred to 149 mares in 2019 . . .
From the Blood-Horse
     Ocala Stud's Girvin  sired his first reported foal when a Florida-bred filly out of the stakes-placed D'wildcat mare C d'Cat was delivered Jan. 4 at 1:55 a.m. The filly was bred by Grand Oaks' Brad and Misty Grady and Mary Ellen Coenen.

    Girvin, by Tale of Ekati —Catch the Moon, by Malibu Moon , was campaigned by Brad Grady throughout his career with trainer Joe Sharp. He won or placed in five of eight graded stakes starts, including victories in the Gr. I Haskell Invitational in 2017, Gr. I Louisiana Derby, and Gr. II Risen Star Stakes, earning $1,624,392 in his racing career. Girvin covered 149 mares in his first book a year ago. The 6-year-old stallion's 2020 fee remains at $7,500.

    Girvin was bred in Kentucky by Bob Austin and John White. Grand Oaks purchased him for $130,000 from Legacy Bloodstock's consignment to Fasig-Tipton's 2015 October Yearling Sale. The horse is a half-brother to Gr. III winner Cocked and Loaded and Gr. III-placed Pirate's Punch. His 2-year-old half-brother, a Tiznow  colt bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, was purchased for $525,000 by Winchell Thoroughbreds from Warrendale Sales' consignment to the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

    The Jan. 4 filly is the third foal out of C d'Cat. The mare also has a 2-year-old Street Boss  filly and a Dominus  yearling filly. Both were bred in Florida by the Gradys and Coenen.