Saturday, July 19 -- Csaba, a career winner of eight stakes races, heads the eight-horse field for today‘s $75,000 Skip Trial Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The Skip Trial is 1 1/16 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds and up. It is the 10th race, with scheduled post time of 6:03 p.m. Gulfstream will have 11 races with first post at 1:15 p.m.
The 5-year-old Csaba will make his first start since winning the Memorial Handicap, also at 1 1/16 miles on dirt, on May 24 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Manoel Cruz rode Csaba in that race and has the mount again for trainer Phil Gleaves.
Two of Csaba’s stakes wins have been at Gulfstream and six have been at Calder. He is generally regarded as the top older stakes horse stabled most of the year at Gulfstream.
Csaba has raced on the lead in some races and has used stalking tactics in others. Gleaves and Cruz could use the second tactic because four other Skip Trial entrants often seek the lead.
They are Palatine Hill, Kings Over, Sr. Quisqueyano and Grand Tito. Csaba has post six, outside all but Grand Tito.
Leadem In Ken and Flatter This likely will trail in the early stages and could hit the board if a fast pace cooks some early leaders.
Argentine Tango is winless in his last eight races, and will probably be the longest price in the race. But it should be noted that he is from the barn of owner Fred Brei and trainer Stan Gold. They have become known for hitting the board with longshots in South Florida stakes races, as well as their stellar record in 2-year-old stakes.
Rainbow 6 Carryover
Gulfstream on Saturday will have a guaranteed carryover jackpot of $150,000 on its Rainbow 6 bet on the day’s last six races.
The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent only bet that requires picking the winners of each of the day’s last six races. Multiple horses are permitted in each race for the bet.
Gulfstream pays out the full Rainbow 6 pool (each day’s bets plus any carryover) only on days when there is just one winning ticket. On other days, winning ticket holders divide 70 percent of the day’s Rainbow 6 bets, with the remainder going into the carryover.
Friday was a rare day when there were no Rainbow 6 tickets with all six winners.
That happened because 75-1 long shot Argavi won the ninth and last race. So, the bet paid off on five of six winners, with each ticket worth $5334.20.