Friday, October 6, 2023
HALLANDALE BEACH - On the day prior to a scheduled mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool for Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park, a lone-ticket holder broke the jackpot for a $213,992.18 payoff Friday.
The multi-race wager starts anew Saturday when a mandatory Rainbow 6 payoff is still scheduled to be held in conjunction with the 37th running of the $200,000, Gr. III Princess Rooney.
The Rainbow 6 had gone unsolved for 10 days following back-to-back jackpot hits. The winning combination of the one winning ticket was 3-2-5-2-3-1.
Maryquitecontrary, who captured the Gr. II Inside Information during the 2022-2023 Championship Meet, returns to Gulfstream for the seven-furlong test for fillies and mares that has been designated as a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ Challenge Race, which offers a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita. The Princess Rooney is carded as Race 9 on a 10-race program.
Maryquitecontrary will seek her sixth straight victory over Gulfstream’s main track as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of eight fillies and mares. Rodney Lundock’s homebred daughter of First Dude’s triumph in the seven-furlong Inside Information ran her win string to five straight before she joined Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey at Keeneland, where she finished second behind Goodnight Olive in the Gr. I Madison. She went on to finish fourth in the Gr. II Honorable Miss and off-the-board in the Gr. I Ballerina at Saratoga.
Maryquitecontrary, now in the barn of trainer David Fawkes, breezed a half-mile in 46.40 seconds, the fastest of 45 recorded at the distance Sunday, in preparation for her return to action at Gulfstream. Jockey Luca Panici has the return mount.
The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 5-10 on Saturday’s card that will also feature the $75,000 Miss Gracie, a mile-and-70-yard stakes on Tapeta for 3-year-old fillies, in Race 8. Eddie Plesa-Jr.-trained Time Passage will seek her third straight victory, including a 2 ¼-length front-running victory in the Soaring Softly last time out under a returning Edgard Zayas.
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