Tuesday, May 30, 2017
As racing heads into June, this year's 2-year-olds have been competing for a couple of months and seven of Florida's 13 freshman sires have had at least one runner. Two of them have come up with a winner, Tigerbeach scoring at Indiana Grand for Pleasant Acres Stallions' Treasure Beach, and R Paper Chaser visiting the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park for Woodford Thoroughbreds' Currency Swap. Tigerbeach had prepped for his win by finishing second at Churchill Downs.
Oddly enough, Woodford's Soldat is the leader on the money list even though he has yet to have a winner. He does have one on the verge, Pete Marwick, who has a third at Keeneland and a second at Belmont Park on his tab and $24,470 in the bank. Anthony's Cross (Pleasant Acres) has Yeehaw, who finished second at Gulfstream, and Bridlewood Farm's Corfu has I'm Corfu, with a second by one-half length at Presque Isle. Brethren, another from Pleasant Acres, had Feisty Embrace finish second at Evangeline Downs.
Perhaps the ratio of mares bred compared to 2-year-olds registered for these seven gives us a little insight as to why there are so many short fields at every track. Soldat was bred to 124 mares and has 87 registered foals, or 70 percent. Treasure Beach's number are 101-65, or 64 percent, same as Currency Swap (47-30). The other four are all in the range of 57 percent down to 51 percent. When taking into account other problems facing many of the registered foals that keeps them out of play, it's easy to see why the short fields are so plentiful.
CHASING RAINBOWS AGAIN - The Rainbow Pick 6 jackpot at Gulfstream has reached the exciting stage once again after there was more than one winning ticket on Monday's program. The holiday pool was $205,464, and those with six winners each collected $3,715. When racing resumes on Thursday, the carryover will be a juicy $513,873.
Red-hot Tyler Gaffalione rode four winners on the Monday card, Edgard Zayas rode three and Marcos Meneses two. That's nine of the 11 races. It's difficult to leave Tyler or Edgard off any exotic tickets because they win the most races. In the Pick 6, there were four payoffs under $10, plus Meneses' $19.80 to lead it off, and Jocelyne Gomez's $34.80 in the fourth. But Tyler brought home one winner at $4 and one at $3.40 and no doubt there were many singles in those races, allowing bettors to stretch out the ticket in the others.
FLAMINGOS ARE BACK - Quarter horse racing returns to Hialeah Park tomorrow for its obligatory 20-day meeting. The Flamingo track will be open Wednesdays through Sundays through June 25.
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