Tuesday, June 2, 2020
5 races. four tracks . . .

    LAUREL, MD - The Stronach 5, which has consistently offered a strong return on investment, returns Friday with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, an industry-low 12-percent takeout, and races from Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park

    The five-race sequence will begin at approximately 3:51 ET when 11 maiden 3-year-olds go to post in Laurel’s seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile turf event. Laurel’s eighth race, also a turf event, will serve as the third leg of the Stronach 5. The sequence will conclude with Santa Anita’s fourth race, a turf event for fillies and mares. 


Friday’s races and sequence

Leg One – Laurel Park 7th Race: (11 entries, 5 1/2 furlongs turf) 3:51 ET, 12:51 PT

Leg Two –Gulfstream Park 9th Race: (9 entries, 1 1/16 mile) 4:13 ET, 1:13 PT

Leg Three –Laurel Park 8th Race: (13 entries, 1 1/16 mile turf) 4:25 ET, 1:25 PT

Leg Four –Golden Gate Fields 3rd Race: (8 entries, 5 furlongs) 4:54 ET, 1:54 PT

Leg Five –Santa Anita Park 4th race: (9 entries, 1 mile turf) 5:09 ET, 2:09 PT

    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.

    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.

Sunday, May 31, 2020
Saturday's payoff was a monster . . .

     HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $1.8 million today at Gulfstream Park.

    The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 13th consecutive racing day Saturday, when multiple ticket with all six winners were each worth $140,821. The huge payoff came after Sunsation ($112.20) won the 10th race and Atakan ($105.60) won the 11th and final leg of the sequence.

    The 11th race payoff also resulted in a Super Hi 5 carryover of $24,651.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 7-11, including the featured six-furlong optional claiming allowance carded as Race 8. Multiple stakes-winners Royal Squeeze and First Deal are prominent contenders in the field of six older horses.

Spring Meet Stakes Action Gears Up Next Weekend                     

    The Spring Meet stakes action at Gulfstream Park gears up next weekend with four stakes scheduled. The $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up; the $100,000 Ginger Punch, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Florida-bred fillies and mares; and the $75,000 Game Face, a 6 ½-furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies, will be run next Saturday. The $60,000 Treasure Coast, a 1 1/8-mile overnight stakes on turf for fillies and mares, will be featured next Sunday.

Saturday, May 30, 2020
Jockey was injured on April 24 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Five weeks after suffering two broken ribs in a spill at Gulfstream Park, jockey Luca Panici is scheduled to return to riding this weekend.

    Panici, 46, was hurt when his mount, Mrs. Miniver, collapsed from a heart attack during the running of the fourth race on April 24 and crashed into the inner rail. It was the third time in six months the Italy native has been forced to sit out due to racing-related injuries.

    “I am glad to be back," Panici said. "It’s part of the job, having these accidents, but most important is staying positive and always looking forward. Hopefully from now I’ll have some better luck.”

     Regular rider for Triple Crown prospect Sole Volante, Panici is named on two horses today – Carolynn Stable’s 3-year-old colt General Mathis in Race 1 and Al Moorhouse’s 3-year-old filly Fall Moon in Race 4. “I always try my best,” Panici said. “It’s not the first time and probably won’t be the last that you have to stop and come back. I always try to do my best when I come back.”

     Panici is expected to be aboard when Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Andie Biancone and Limelight Stables Corp.’s Sole Volante makes his next scheduled start in the Belmont Stakes, shortened to 1 1/8 miles and rescheduled to June 20 to open the Triple Crown series.

     Sole Volante broke his maiden last October at Gulfstream Park West, ran third in the one-mile Mucho Macho Man in his sophomore debut Jan. 4 at Gulfstream and captured Tampa’s Sam F. Davis  Feb. 8 with Panici aboard. Most recently, Sole Volante was second behind 49-1 upset winner King Guillermo in the Tampa Bay Derby March 7.

     Trained by Patrick Biancone, Sole Volante is scheduled to have his next work June 3 on the turf course at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. It will be the fourth breeze since his last race.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Racing on Wednesday Begins 

     Gulfstream’s summer schedule will change a bit beginning next week when live racing will be conducted Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

      Next week’s racing schedule includes three stakes races on Saturday – the $100,000 Ginger Punch, $100,000 The Soldier’s Dancer and $75,000 The Game Face.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Jackpot for Thursday guaranteed at $1.350 million . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Racing returns to Gulfstream Park with a nine-race program Thursday, featuring a jackpot pool guarantee of $1.350 million in the 20-cent Rainbow 6. First race post time is 12:45 p.m.

    The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the past 10 days since a mandatory payout of $31,476 on May 9. Multiple tickets with all six winners on Monday’s Memorial Day program each returned $26,219.

    Thursday’s sequence begins in Race 4. Race 5 is a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight for Florida-bred fillies and mares 3 and up that drew a field of 13 led by 2-1 program choice Baseline Drive, a first-time starter by Point of Entry trained by Chad Brown.

    The feature is Race 8, an entry-level optional claiming allowance where seven older females passed the entry box to sprint 6 ½ furlongs on the main track. Top choice at 2-1 on the morning line is 4-year-old stakes-winner Midtown Rose, who has been in the money in 12 of 13 lifetime tries at Gulfstream, four of them winning races. Also entered is her 6-year-old stablemate Archumybaby, a 12-time winner making her 39th career start and first since being moving to the barn of trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.

     Race 2 on Thursday is a 4 ½-furlong maiden claiming event that attracted a field of 13 2-year-olds topped by 5-2 program choice Paladio, one of nine first-time starters. The Gone Astray colt is one of two trained by Antonio Sano, along with Alternation colt Turpial, listed at 9-2.

     Notes: Jockey Nik Juarez doubled Monday with Ocala ($5.80) in the opener and Cpt. Rhett Butler ($19.60) in Race 6. Emisael Jaramillo rode back-to-back winners on Notsosubtle ($3.60) in Race 3 and Gibberish ($12.20) in Race 4.
Monday, May 25, 2020
10-15 percent begins in June . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park announced Sunday that overnight purses will be raised 10-15 percent beginning in June.

    “We were very conservative with our purse structure beginning in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gulfstream’s Vice President of Racing Mike Lakow. “Without our casino operating and with no on-track attendance and handle we had to make adjustments with the purse account. The horsemen have been incredibly understanding and have worked with us throughout this process. We want to thank them for their support and we’re pleased to provide this increase.”

    The holiday weekend of racing continues today with a 12-race program beginning at 12:45 p.m. and a guarantee of $1.2 million in the 20-cent Pick 6. Sunday's winners each received $19,092.