Saturday, August 15, 2020
HALLANDALE BEACH - Fresh off a three-win day Friday, jockey Miguel Vasquez rode six more winners on today’s card at Gulfstream Park to surge within two winners of the top of the Spring/Summer Meet standings.
The up-and-coming 25-year-old rider closed in on Spring/Summer Meet co-leaders Emisael Jaramillo and Edgard Zayas, who each rode one winner, with his big day. Vasquez pushed his meet total to 94 victories, scoring aboard Mustang Cat ($22) in Race 1, Beast of Wildwood ($7) in Race 4, Sky Chaser ($5.60) in Race 6, Reggae Revolution ($12.80) in Race 8, Squeezadios ($5.40) in Race 10, and Bridologist ($3.80) in Race 11.
Vasquez’s career day fell one short of the Gulfstream Park record of seven wins on a program shared by Jerry Bailey (March 11, 1995), Tyler Gaffalione (July 4, 2017) and Luis Saez (Jan. 24, 2018 and March 29, 2018)
Vasquez has had a steady presence at Gulfstream since venturing to the U.S. from Panama in 2014, and winning more than 100 races in each of the past four years, but he has taken his career to a new level during the Spring/Summer Meet. Vasquez rode Mustang Cat and Beast of Wildwood for trainer Peter Walder, who has also been on a roll of late. Since the beginning of July, Walder has saddled 21 horses during the meet while compiling an 8-2-7 record. After missing three months due to injury, Vasquez has ridden 109 winners since returning to action Jan. 15.
Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $250,000
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The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $250,000 Sunday. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the third day Saturday, and tickets with all six winners were each worth $168.