The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 32nd consecutive racing day Saturday at Gulfstream Park, producing a carryover jackpot of $1,485,921.03 for Sunday's 11-race program.
Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $14,799.42 Saturday.
The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day's pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.
A total of $370,097 was wagered into the Rainbow 6 Saturday, when wagering on the popular multi-race wager started with a carryover $1,397,124.69 from Friday's card.
Sunday's Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 6-11, including the $75,000 Opening Lead, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up headlined by Cautious Giant, a multiple stakes winner who will seek his third-straight victory.
Trainer Chad Brown's hopes for a repeat in the Grade 1 United Nations on June 22 at Monmouth Park will apparently fall to the brawny shoulders of Almanaar.
The muscular 7-year-old gelding shook off the rust from a five-month layoff to score a neck victory over Synchrony in the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes on Saturday, with Luis Cabrera, Brown's assistant, saying the United Nations is the next target for Almanaar.
Ridden by Joe Bravo, Almanaar made an explosive move on the backside to rush from seventh place to second, then held sway over a late-charging Synchrony and jockey Trevor McCarthy in the stretch after assuming command in the mile and an eighth grass race.
Owned by Shadwell Stable, Almanaar returned $6.80 to win. He covered the nine furlongs over a turf course listed as “firm” in 1:45.75.
“He has been training very well at Belmont, so even though he has been off we expected him to run well,” said Cabrera, who oversees Brown's stable at Monmouth Park. “Chad liked this horse a lot in this spot. He's a runner, a real classy horse.”
Brown won the United Nations a year ago with Funtastic. He also captured the race in 2015 and 2013 with Big Blue Kitten.
Almanaar and Bravo survived a claim of foul from McCarthy, with the objection dismissed by the stewards.
“He's such a big strong horse – he's a beast, really,” said Bravo. “I didn't want to make that big middle move but he was fresh and wanted to do it and he's so strong I didn't want to get into a tug of war with him.
“If you saw him in the post parade he was ready to run. I thought if I tried to fight him down the backside when he made that move I was just going to take more energy out of him. I was trying not to fight with him.”
Bravo acknowledged that his horse did “drift a little in the stretch” but said that “it wasn't anything major.”
“By the time (Synchrony) got up to us he had straightened himself out,” he said.
It was another 4¼ lengths back to Force the Pass in third.
The graded stakes victory was the second for Almanaar since Brown took over the training responsibilities for him in 2016. The son of Dubawi-Baqah by Bahhare also won the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in 2017.
The $120,000 winner's share from the $205,000 purse boosted Almanaar's career earnings to $810,349.
Eight-time Sovereign Award-winning jockey Patrick Husbands had full confidence in Live Oak Plantation's homebred colt Global Access heading into the Grade 3 Marine Stakes and the three-year-old son of Giant's Causeway lived up to his expectations winning the 1-1/16-mile main track event in 1:42.83 on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.
Hoffa's Union established the lead out of the gate and had Lyrical Note looming at his flank through fractions of :24.90, :49.69 and 1:13.45. Meanwhile, Global Access was positioned outside stalking the leaders in third and poised to make a move on the final turn that eventually landed him in the winner's circle.
Global Access swept to the lead at the top of the lane and held clear of the favored Queen's Plate eligible Skywire, who closed steadily from behind to finish within a length of the winner. Dabo finished third while Lyrical Note and Hoffa's Union completed the compact field of five.
Global Access won the DRF Bets Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay at the end of March and was the runner-up to Skywire in last month's Wando Stakes at Woodbine. With the blinkers off for the Marine, Husbands predicted “there's no three-year-old in Canada that could beat this horse.
“When they win, they make you proud.”
Global Access was the 5-2 second choice on the toteboard and paid $7.50 to win.
“I just wanted to get him in the clear,” said Husbands of his racing strategy from the inside post. “You're riding the best horse in the race to your ability. I feel he was the best horse in the race – don't matter he got beat last time – so I ride to my ability. The first five strides, I realized nobody wanted the lead, so I said let me just get from down here and keep him in the clear.”
Trained by Michael Trombetta, Global Access now sports a career record reading 3-1-2 from eight starts. With the lion's share of the $125,000 purse, his bankroll is approaching the $200,000 mark.
Husbands earned his third stakes win this month at Woodbine after taking the Fury with Speedy Soul and the Grade 2 Eclipse with Souper Tapit, who was last year's Marine champion (in rein to Florent Geroux).
The final two races on Saturday's 10-race program were cancelled due inclement weather conditions. With a thunderstorm rolling in before the $125,000 Greenwood Stakes, which was set as the ninth race, that stakes event will be rescheduled.
Live Thoroughbred racing is scheduled to resume on Sunday with the 1:05 p.m. program featuring the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes, the first leg of Woodbine's new “Ladies of the Lawn” bonus stakes series on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Under patient handling, California-bred Eddie Haskell rallied late to take Saturday's Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Mark Glatt, who took the 6-year-old gelding by Square Eddie nine starts back for a $50,000 claiming tag, Eddie Haskell got five furlongs on the Santa Anita turf in 55.49.
Breaking from post position three in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, Eddie Haskell was in the middle of a three-horse scramble for the lead heading into the far turn. At that point, Agapito Delgadillo, aboard What'sontheagenda, who was to the outside of both the winner and Kanthaka, opened up by about 2 ½ lengths leaving the three furlong pole, only to be collared in deep stretch.
“After about a hundred yards (out of the gate), I sent 'Eddie' to quicken the pace and Agapito came with me, then he finally pushed the button and cleared off, it made it really nice for the mount that I had. He's just phenomenal, when I pushed the button, he gave me whiplash, popped a wheelie and took off and went after the leader.”
Most recently a close second versus state-breds going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in the Sensational Star Stakes March 31, Eddie Haskell was off at 4-5 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.
Owned by Philip Wood and Jim Hailey, Eddie Haskell, who was bred in California by Reddam Racing LLC and is out of their Boston Harbor mare Teresa Ann, was making his first graded stakes appearance and picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $453,107. A perfect two for two now at five furlongs on the Santa Anita grass, “Eddie” now has seven wins from 10 overall tries under these conditions and has an overall mark of 20-8-2-5.
“He's a top horse going five eighths (on turf),” said Glatt. “He won throttled down today, man. That was impressive. I wasn't worried about where he was early. I thought I was running the best horse. He's learned to come from a little bit off the pace and I think it's even made him a little better horse going five furlongs.
“It was cool…We just hope we can keep him healthy and take it race by race and if he gets us to the Breeders' Cup in the end of the year, I'm sure we will take a shot.”
Off at 5-1, What'sontheagenda finished a half-length in front of a fast finishing Kanthaka and paid $4.80 and $3.40.
Ridden by Flavien Prat in his first start on turf, Kanthaka eased off the speed duel into the far turn and hit his best stride late. Off at 4-1, he paid $2.80 while finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Brandothebartender.
Hooties Racing, WSS Racing and 4G Racing's Honey Bunny earned her first graded stakes victory on Saturday, tallying a fifth win in a row with a decisive two-length score in the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes. The 5-year-old daughter of Tapizar, ridden by Tyler Baze, completed six furlongs over Churchill Downs' fast main track in 1:09.99. Trained by John Ortiz, Honey Bunny was sent off as the tepid 3-1 favorite in the field of 12.
Honey Bunny was well off the early pace set by longshot Upset Brewing, who ticked off fast fractions of :21.46 and :44.44. Astrollinthepark was a bit closer in fifth, and made a big move on the far turn to challenge for the lead while three wide.
Initially, Upset Brewing was able to repel her challengers, but she tired in the final sixteenth of a mile. Meanwhile, Honey Bunny was making up a lot of ground down the center of the stretch and easily passed the tiring leader to win by about two lengths. Astrollinthepark kept trying throughout and gained second under the wire, while Upset Brewing had to settle for third. Divine Queen was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Frederick M. Allor and Michael T. Barnett, Honey Bunny was an $82,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. She required nine starts to break her maiden, finishing second or third in six of those outings, but immediately followed that win with two more in allowance company. Raced very consistently through her career, Honey Bunny's record now stands at 14 wins from 31 starts, with earnings of nearly $420,000.
Sent to post as the 8-5 favorite, Dennis Drazin's homebred Sunny Ridge got the job done in Saturday's Grade 3 Salvator Mile. The 6-year-old son of Holy Bull defeated second choice Diamond King by about three-quarters of a length at the wire, earning his first graded win since 2016. Jose Lezcano piloted the Jason Servis trainee through the mile over Monmouth's fast main track in 1:37.17.
Jeezum Jim challenged Diamond King for the lead and took command around the clubhouse turn, setting fractions of :23.45 and :46.82. Hoffenheim and Sunny Ridge tracked the pace in unison, and Lezcano kept his mount on the rail in the far turn. A hole opened up as Diamond King moved out a bit on the bend, and Lezcano sent Sunny Ridge right through. After a short battle, Sunny Ridge took over and held on to cross the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Diamond King held second while the slow-starting Bal Harbour got up for third.
Bred in New Jersey by his owner, Sunny Ridge is out of the placed Songandaprayer mare Lignum Vitae. He placed in the G1 Champagne and the G3 Delta Downs Jackpot as a juvenile, and won the G3 Withers in his first start as a sophomore. Sunny Ridge ran third in the G1 Haskell later that year, and has consistently placed in graded stakes company throughout his career. Overall, the gelding's record stands a 7-6-5 from 25 starts with earnings of over $1.3 million.
On the morning of Omaha Beach's final work before the Kentucky Derby, April 27, trainer Richard Mandella noticed a 7-year-old boy in the crowd of onlookers at the barn watching the colt cool out. Noah Singleton from nearby Charlestown, Ind. was looking on with interest, and Mandella asked the boy if he'd like to pet Omaha Beach, according to bloodhorse.com.
Singleton agreed, and had his picture taken with the early Derby favorite.
News Radio WHAS anchor/reporter Paul Miles revealed earlier this week that the interaction between Hall of Fame trainer and young racing fan continued beyond that morning. Singleton received a letter from Mandella several weeks after the meeting.
“Don't be afraid to dream big,” the letter reads in part, “because anything is possible if you work hard and behave yourself.”
7-year-old Noah Singleton received a letter from Richard Mandella a few weeks after meeting the trainer and his Kentucky Derby 🌹 contender Omaha Beach at Churchill Downs. #ClassActpic.twitter.com/ooBFPbvVlC
Near-millionaire Richard's Boy was entered for a $40,000 tag in his most recent start, and a claim was dropped by trainer Steve Asmussen on behalf of owner Clark Brewster. They walked away with the 7-year-old son of Idiot Proof, a winner of nine of his 39 lifetime starts, after the gelding finished last in the seven-horse dirt sprint contest at Churchill Downs.
“He came out of the race sound in wind and body with the exception of the abrasion from being stepped on, or grabbed, causing the cut on the ankle,” Brewster told horseracingnation.com. “You can rest assured and let all others interested in his wellbeing know he will receive the very best in care and consideration.”
Richard's Boy has been transferred to the Kesmarc rehabilitation center, and will be evaluated before his future is decided upon.
Salomon Del Valle's multiple-stakes winner Gunnevera registered his first work Saturday morning since finishing third March 30 in the Dubai World Cup (G1), going a leisurely half mile at Gulfstream Park West in :51.
Second in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) and Woodward (G1), Gunnevera returned from Dubai and was given time off in Ocala before returning to Sano's barn earlier in the month.
“We wanted to bring him back slow,” said Sano of the 5-year-old son of Dialed In. “He worked this morning for the first time. He went in 51, very easy.”
A winner of more than $5.5 million, Gunnevera, winner of the 2017 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) and runner-up in that year's Travers (G1), could be headed back to Saratoga.
“The plan is to run at Saratoga in the Whitney (G1) and the Woodward (G1). That's the plan right now,” Sano added. “Maybe one race before Saratoga here at Gulfstream? We'll have to see.”
Trainer Danny Gargan was looking for an easy move out of graded stakes winner Tax on Saturday morning and that's exactly what he got as the 3-year-old gelded son of Arch went a half-mile in 49.80 seconds over the Belmont Park training track.
Under mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the early 60's, Gargan sent Tax to the training track at 7:40 a.m. on Saturday morning as he recorded his first serious work since a 14th place effort in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.
“It was just a maintenance work, I wanted a nice easy work,” Gargan said. “He gallops out like he always does, nice and strong. We worked him by himself so he wouldn't go too fast.
“When he was in company, he grabs the bridle and works more impressive but today we just wanted to keep him going forward. We'll come back next week and work him and get a stronger breeze in him. Hopefully we can work on Saturday next week. I'll work him with another horse next week, so he gets a lot more out of it.”
Gargan stated that Tax is pointing towards the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on June 8.
“That's what we're pointing for; we're aiming for that. If everything goes as planned that's where we'll run,” said Gargan.
Tax's energy level following the 'Run for the Roses' was good according to Gargan. He stayed on the rail throughout the Derby but was not a factor following the eventual disqualification of Maximum Security. In six career starts, it was the only off-the-board effort for Tax, who won the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct before a runner-up placing in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets.
“We didn't do much running in the Derby. I expected the track to be sealed tight so I told him to stay on the inside and they harrowed it and it was kind of a disaster,” Gargan said. “We didn't do that right thing by getting on the rail when it was so deep. It is what it is and we'll just move on to the next race. Hopefully the Belmont will be a good track that day and we can show that we can run with these horses.”
Owned by R A Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable, Tax was bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farms and Adele Dilschnieder. He is out of the Giant's Causeway broodmare Toll and comes from the same family as two-time Grade 1 winning millionaire Elate.
Following a stakes triumph in the Long Branch at Monmouth Park two Saturdays ago, trainer Greg Sacco stated that Joevia is possible for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on June 8.
Owned by Jeff and Michael Fazio, the 3-year-old son of Shanghai Bobby went gate to wire in the 1 1/16-mile Long Branch over a sloppy track, where be recorded a career best 89 Beyer Speed Figure.
Joevia recorded his first work since the Long Branch on Saturday morning and went a half-mile in 48.80 over the Monmouth Park main track. Prior to the Long Branch, Joevia raced in the Wood Memorial where he crossed the wire seventh but was disqualified to last due to interference caused in the first turn.
“He worked well this morning, cooled out great, scoped well,” Sacco said. “He'll have one more work next Saturday. He's not definite [for the Belmont Stakes] but we'll talk it over with the owners and make a decision. It was nice to get him back into the win column, after the sort of disaster he caused in the Wood. We know he's a better colt than that. He's still learning and improving with each start.”
A first out graduate over a sloppy main track at Monmouth last July, Joevia was twice stakes placed following his career debut. He did not race again until the following February but was beaten a neck to Haikal in the Jimmy Winkfield at Aqueduct. He then raced back a month later in Laurel Park's Private Terms Stakes where he was a distant second to Alwaysmining.
“It's a talented group of colts, but our colt is talented as well,” Sacco said. “He ran very well in the Long Branch. He trained at Belmont all winter and really went well over the surface, which can be a tricky surface.”
While Sacco is not definite to race Joevia in the Belmont Stakes, he has committed Grade 1 winner Mind Control to the Grade 1 $400,000 Woody Stephens on the undercard.
Owned by Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stable, the 3-year-old son of Stay Thirsty was a 10-1 upset winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga last summer. Last out, he scored at graded stakes caliber once more when taking the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct.
On Friday morning, Mind Control drilled five furlongs in 1:00.60 at Monmouth Park – his fourth work since the Bay Shore.
“He worked super [Friday morning], he galloped out strong,” Sacco said. “We're looking forward to going back to New York with him. He's been training great and really has blossomed these past few months.”
Bred in Kentucky by co-owners Red Oak Stable, Mind Control is out of the stakes winning Lightnin N Thunder broodmare Feel That Fire – a half-sister to recent stakes winner King for a Day.
Katsumi Yoshizawa's homebred Master Fencer, a Japanese-bred son of Just a Way arrived at Belmont Park on Friday evening from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, where he has trained towards the 1 ½-mile 'Test of a Champion' following his sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.
“Today he will just walk and graze. It's a relax day for him. He'll go to the training track and the main track probably tomorrow morning,” racing manager Mitsuoki Numamoto said.
With Julien Leparoux up for the Derby, Master Fencer was last of 19 at third call before launching a menacing bid up the rail to finish seventh, defeated just four lengths. When Maximum Security was disqualified, Master Fencer was elevated to sixth besting the effort of the two previous Japanese-based horses in the Derby topping Lani [9th, 2016] and Ski Captain [14th, 1995].
Numamoto said Master Fencer should appreciate the added distance in the Belmont.
“In Kentucky, after the race, his jockey Julien said, 'I needed one more furlong,'” said Numamoto.
On Saturday, June 8, Master Fencer will have two additional furlongs to demonstrate his late flourish.
“Maybe we wouldn't have beaten Maximum Security and Country House, but he has a strong late kick. His movement is not like a sprinter. We asked Julien last time to please put pressure on him for the last six furlongs. He has a really strong heart,” said Numamoto.
Leparoux will have the return call on Master Fencer in the Belmont.