Friday, March 26, 2021
HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $1.3 million today at Gulfstream Park.
The Rainbow 6 went unsolved Thursday for the 13th day since a March 6 mandatory payout. Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $1,793 Thursday.
A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 is scheduled for Saturday’s Gulfstream Park program, which will include 10 stakes, headlined by the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm at Xalapa.
Should the popular multi-race wager go unsolved through today the pool is expected to swell into the multi-millions.
The Late Pick 5 and the Late Pick 4, both boasting all-stakes sequences, will have guaranteed pools of $750,000 Saturday. The Late Pick 5 (Races 10-14) and Late Pick 4 (Races 11-14) will both have all-stakes sequences. The Florida Derby will anchor the sequences for the Late Pick 5, Late Pick 4 and the Rainbow 6 (Races 9-14).
Irad Ortiz Jr. Wins 4, Closes in on Championship Meet Record
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Leading rider Irad Ortiz Jt. rode four winners on Thursday’s program, moving to within two victories of the Championship Meet record. Ortiz, the defending two-time Championship Meet titlist, won back-to-back aboard Ghostly Beauty ($3.60) in Race 4 and Trappezoid ($8.80) in Race 5 before scoring aboard Star Weaver ($4.40) in Race 7 and Foxxy Belle ($5.80) in Race 9.
With three days remaining in the 2020-2021 Championship Meet, Ortiz has a total of 135, two fewer than Luis Saez’s record of 137, set in 2017-2018.
Ortiz has seven mounts Friday and is named to ride in 13 of 14 races Saturday, when he is scheduled to ride Todd Pletcher-trained Known Agenda in the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa.
Ortiz, the defending three-time Eclipse Award winner, is also scheduled to ride in all 12 races on Sunday’s program.
Gonzalez Named on 4 Horses Saturday on 1st Day at Gulfstream
Journeyman Edwin Gonzalez, Penn National’s leading rider the last two years while winning at over a 30 percent clip, will begin his Gulfstream residency with four mounts on Saturday’s 14-race Florida Derby Day program.
Gonzalez has mounts in two of Saturday’s 10 stakes – Frosted Grace in the $100,000 Sir Shackleton in Race 5 and Dizzy in the $100,000 Orchid in Race 13. He is also scheduled in a pair of maiden special weight events aboard 3-year-old colt Core in Race 1 and 3-year-old filly My Desdemona in Race 7. Gonzalez is named in seven of 12 races Sunday at Gulfstream, closing day of the 2020-2021 Championship Meet.
Gulfstream’s 105-day spring-summer meet is scheduled to open Thursday, April 1 and run through Thursday, Sept. 30.