Monday, February 24, 2020
Irad Ortiz gets 100th winner . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a guaranteed pool of $350,000 when racing resumes Wednesday. First race post is 1 p.m.

    There was no single winning ticket on Sunday’s Rainbow 6. Multiple tickets with six winners returned $4,160.

NOTES - Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Day program, featuring nine graded races, will have a first race post of 11:30 a.m. The post-position draw for the $400,000, Gr. II Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, featuring Dennis’ Moment and Chance It, will be shown live during Wednesday’s Gulfstream broadcast after the first race. There will be a Gulfstream umbrella giveaway Saturday while supplies last.

    Irad Ortiz Jr. rode his 100th winner of the meet Sunday aboard Pick Five Racing LLC’s Linny Kate. It marks the third consecutive 100-victory season for Ortiz, who led all riders last year with 135 trips to the winner's circle.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Son of Kantharos wins $100,000 World of Trouble . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Tracy Pinchin’s Jackson, a multiple stakes-winner in Florida-bred company, established himself as a graded stakes-winner Saturday at Gulfstream Park, capturing the $100,000, Gr. III World of Trouble by three-quarters of a length.

    “Hey, he’s a homebred, so we must be happy,” said trainer Jose Pinchin, whose wife bred the 4-year-old son of Kantharos. “The mare is worth something. It’s a Grade 3.”

    Lasting Legacy, the 4-5 favorite, found a world of trouble at the start of the six-furlong stakes, before finishing a late-running fourth under Paco Lopez. Jackson, who was severely compromised by an extremely wide trip during a third-place finish in the Jan. 18 Sunshine Millions Sprint, had a perfect trip under Luis Saez Saturday to collect his fifth stakes victory – his first in open company.

   Jackson ($28.80) tracked pacesetter Admiral Lynch, who set fractions of :22.52 and :45.15 seconds under Irad Ortiz Jr. for the first half mile. On the turn, Saez sent Jackson after Admiral Lynch, and his ever-gritty mount responded to edge away to victory in the stretch.

    “I was really pleased," Pinchin said. "He broke good; he tracked the horse. Luis went around and gave him a great ride. He should have won last time.” Jackson ran six furlongs in 1:09.55.

    “He warmed up so good," Saez said. "He broke so well, he was right there. When we came to the three-eighths pole I know we can fire. We came to the stretch and he did it.”

    Admiral Lynch finished 1 ½ lengths clear of third-place finisher Epic Dreamer, who checked in a half-length ahead of Lasting Legacy.

    Jackson, who has won at distances between 4 ½ furlongs and a mile and 40 yards, registered his first victory in his fifth start at the six-furlong distance.
 “We always knew he had talent. He just had to get it together,” Pinchin said. “He’s better 4-year-old than he was as a 3-year-old,”

    Pinchin said Jackson, who has earned nearly $450,000, will race next in a state-bred stakes at Tampa Bay Downs (Florida Cup day).   
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Jean Elizabeth wins for 14th time . . .
    OLDSMAR - After her 7-year-old gelding Faction Cat toyed with five opponents in the Turf Dash Prep here on Jan. 24, trainer Georgina Baxter expected even better things in Saturday’s main event, the $100,000 Turf Dash Stakes.

    “I said last week, the way he ran here last time and the way he’s been training, I knew he would step up and turn in a big performance today,” said Baxter, who thought the Tampa Bay Downs 5-furlong turf course record could be in jeopardy.

    Baxter experienced the exultation of having her hopes fulfilled as Faction Cat broke alertly, established a quick lead and went into cruise-control mode up the backstretch under jockey Albin Jimenez, who was riding the Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir for the first time.

    Faction Cat courageously staved off a belated late run by 2-1 favorite Justaholic, posting a ¾-length victory in course-record time of 53.97 seconds, .66 hundredths faster than Bold Thunder’s 2015 stakes and course record. Mai Ty One On finished third, with End Play fourth in the 10-horse field.

    The 16th edition of the Turf Dash was the first of two stakes on Turf Sprint Showcase Day. Two races later, i
n the 16th running of the $100,000 Lightning City Stakes for older fillies and mares, 5-year-old Jean Elizabeth extended her winning streak to seven races – all in stakes – with a gritty half-length victory over 33-1 shot Miss Deplorable.

    The Gr. III winner Jean Elizabeth, who was also ridden by Jimenez, set a stakes record of 55.09 seconds, .28 hundredths better than Miz Mayhem’s winning time in last season’s Lightning City.

    Faction Cat improved to 8-for-33 lifetime, with 13 seconds, and the $60,000 winner’s share of the purse as a Florida-bred raised his career bankroll to $334,634. He paid $11.40 to win. Bred by Ann Ferrentino, he is owned by Sabrina Machado-Chin’s Asterace Group LLC, which purchased him privately after a victory at Colonial Downs in allowance/optional claiming company on Sept. 5. Faction Cat set blazing fractions of 20.61 seconds for the first quarter-mile and 42.66 for the half, perhaps tiring imperceptibly late.

    He had finished second to Turf Dash second-choice Extravagant Kid, beaten only a length, in the Janus Stakes on Dec. 28 at Gulfstream Park after leading into the stretch. That race had been switched from the turf to the main track, and Baxter was heartened by his effort that day.

    “Jose Ortiz (the jockey on Faction Cat that day) said if that race had stayed on the grass, it would have been a different story,” she said. “I was very confident today, and I told (Jimenez) this horse is a lot sharper than he used to be.”

    The Lightning City unfolded in similar fashion to the Turf Dash, with Jean Elizabeth breaking alertly and setting a quick pace (20.83 seconds for the quarter-mile, 43.57 for the half), with Escapade and R Happy Ending not letting her get too far away. Through the stretch, Jean Elizabeth turned back a valiant try by R Happy Ending to narrow the deficit, then had enough in the tank to keep Miss Deplorable a half-length behind. R Happy Ending lasted for third and Ode to Joy finished fourth.

    The Lightning City was only Jean Elizabeth’s second lifetime turf start, having won the Ladies’ Turf Sprint in her previous start on Jan. 25 at Gulfstream. She is 14-for-20 lifetime with four seconds, and has never finished worse than third. First-place money of $45,000 upped her career earnings to $607,668. Jean Elizabeth, a striking gray Illinois-bred daughter of Ocala Stud Farm's 2020 leading Florida sire, Adios Charlie, is owned by breeders Larry Rivelli and Richard Ravin in partnership with Vince Foglia’s Patricia’s Hope LLC. Rivelli trains the mare.

    “She’s just an amazing horse. She’ll run on broken glass, I guess,” Rivelli said from Chicago, where he was planning to attend son Dominick’s hockey game. “It’s been a total team effort with her from day one, and you just pinch yourself with a horse like this. I thought she made the lead pretty easy and he didn’t send her, but then I saw the fractions and they were flying. It looked like those others were taking a shot at her in the stretch, but he kind of angled her out and she took off again.”

    Jimenez, who had ridden Jean Elizabeth to victory on Dec. 6 on Turfway Park’s all-weather track in the Holiday Inaugural Stakes, sensed her determination today to not get beat. I knew when I asked her she would take me there. She is a game mare, and she has a big heart,” Jimenez said. “She keeps improving every race.”

AROUND THE OVAL - Leading jockey Antonio Gallardo rode three winners Saturday. He won the fourth race aboard Pretty Chitu, a 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding owned by Francisco Alanis and trained by Antonio Machado. Gallardo returned to the winner’s circle after the fifth race, the Lambholm South Race of the Week on the turf, with Serve the King, a 4-year-old colt owned by Peter Brant and trained by Chad Brown.

    Gallardo’s third victory came in the ninth on Our Petunia, a 4-year-old filly owned by Lucio Tucci and trained by Joan Scott.
Friday, February 21, 2020
Two $100,000 stakes at Tampa . . .
    OLDSMAR - Jean Elizabeth, whose current six-race winning streak consists entirely of stakes victories, headlines the field for Saturday’s 16th edition of the $100,000 Lightning City Stakes for fillies and mares 4-years-old-and-upward at Tampa Bay Downs.

    The Lightning City and the 16th running of the $100,000 Turf Dash comprise the track’s Turf Sprint Showcase, with both races at a distance of 5 furlongs. The Turf Dash is the sixth race and the Lightning City is the eighth on a 10-race card beginning at 12:45 p.m.

    There are 14 entrants for the Lightning City, with only 12 permitted to start. Ten have entered the Turf Dash, including the talented 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding Extravagant Kid.

    The 5-year-old Illinois-bred mare Jean Elizabeth, who has 13 victories and has never finished out of the money in 19 starts, won the 5-furlong Ladies Turf Sprint on Jan. 25 at Gulfstream in her first-ever try on grass. She won the Gr. III Ontario Fashion Stakes on Woodbine’s all-weather track on Oct. 19, the second of her ongoing stakes streak.

    Jean Elizabeth, a daughter of Ocala Stud Farm's Adios Charlie out of the Lit de Justice mare Rooney Doodle, was bred by Larry Rivelli and Richard Ravin, who own her in partnership with Patricia’s Hope LLC. Rivelli, the trainer, won the 2015 Lightning City with Richies Sweetheart. Albin Jimenez has been named to ride.

    Extravagant Kid appears to be coming up to the Turf Dash in excellent form, with a victory in his most recent start on Jan. 18 at Gulfstream in the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes. The winner of last year’s Florida Cup Sprint at Tampa Bay Downs is 13-for-40 lifetime and finished second last June to Wet Your Whistle in the Gr. I Highlander Stakes on the grass at Woodbine. Extravagant Kid is owned by DARRS Inc., and trained by Brendan Walsh. Leading Oldsmar jockey Antonio Gallardo has been named to ride.

    Also entered is the 10-year-old Florida-bred gelding Pay Any Price, whose 18-for-30 career record includes a victory in the 2018 Turf Dash. Pay Any Price is owned by Matties Racing Stable and Averill Racing and trained by Georgina Baxter. Pablo Morales will be the jockey.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
$203,726 carryover for Thursday's late pick 5 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park was solved Monday, when a bettor cashed for a $1,208,573 jackpot payoff with a ticket that cost $51.60 played on Xpressbet. The  ticket numbers were 5/1-8/4,5/1,9/1-8/6.

   The Rainbow 6 had gone unsolved for 14 days.

   Aye Aye Sir ($7) kicked it off in Race 6 and was followed to the winner’s circle by Quenane ($11.60), Scarto ($153.20), Monforte ($5), Home Base ($11.60) and Aquaphobia ($9.20).

    The Rainbow 6 will start anew Thursday.

    There were no Late Pick 5 tickets with all five winners, leaving a carryover of $203,726 for Thursday.