Saturday, April 30, 2016

Miami Mile Coming up at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park will have the first stakes race of its spring meet this afternoon with the $100,000 Miami Mile (Grade 3) on turf.

It  is the seventh race with scheduled post of 4:26 p.m.

The eight-horse field has Smokem Kitten, who on March 20 set a Gulfstream record o 1:26.78 for 7 1/2 furlongs.  That came in an allowance/optional claimer on  a weekend when the course was exceptionally fast.

Edgar Prado will ride for trainer Mike Maker.

But based on his long-term record Middleburg, trained by Christophe Clement, is the likely favorite in the eight-horse field.

Middleburg is making his first start since last Oct. 15 when he finished sixth in the Knickerbocker (Grade 3) at Belmont Park.

In his previous start, he won the Cliff Hanger (Grade 3) at Monmouth Park.

Joe Gravo  is back in South Florida to ride Middleburg, who has three wins in six starts on the Gulfstream turf.
--Jim Freer

Awesome Type Wins Race 5 at Tampa

Awesome Type dueled down the stretch to outlast Tiz Away with Perceval getting 3rd, a maiden claiming for 3 year-olds. Pablo Morales rode the winner in 1:05.14 for trainer Dale Bennett.

  • 8Awesome TypeP. Morales120LbsD. Bennett9.804.402.60
  • 4Tiz AwayA. Gallardo120LbsK. O`Connell 3.602.20
  • 7PercevalR. Allen, Jr.120LbsT. Proctor  2.20

Italian Charm Wins Tampa Feature

Italian Charm won Saturday's fourth and feature race at Tampa Bay Downs, running one mile on turf in 1:36.44.

It was a $75,000 optional claimer for 3-year-olds.

Bluegrass Tiger. trained by Kathleen O'Connell finished second.

She has  1,799 wins and hasTizaway in the fifth race.

Annabella Hall Takes Race 2 in Tampa

Annabella Hall, going off at 10:1 held off Harumi in the stretch to win the 2nd at Tampa Bay. Daniel Centeno had the mount in the winning time of 45.82.

Paulo's Delight got the 3rd position in-the-money at 16:1 odds.

8   $22.60   $8.40   $5.40
10               $5.00   $4.00
4                             $7.00

Dickens Wins Opener at Tampa

Dickens edged out Quieter America by a half-length in the first race at Tampa Bay Downs today. Blessed at Mass got the Show wager.

It was a 1-1/16 turf race for 3 YOs and up.

1   $4.00    $2.60    $2.20
6                $3.00    $2.60

3                             $3.80

Miami Mile Tops Gulfstream Card

 Gulfstream Park will have the first stakes races of its spring meet this afternoon, with the $100,000 Miami Mile (Grade 3) and the $100,000 Powder Break.
They are part of a ten-race card that has first post of 1:15 p.m.

Both stakes races are one mile on turf. The Miami Mile, the seventh race, is for 3-year-olds and up. The Powder Break, the ninth race, is for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

We will have previews this afternoon on this blog.

*There was one winning ticket on Friday on the Rainbow 6 and the jackpot payout was $218,456.30.  Details  can be found on the previous story on this blog.

A new Rainbow 6 pool will start today on races five through ten.  Gulfstream is not putting in any seed money.

*There were no winning tickets on the Super Hi-5 on Friday’s eighth and final race.

Thus, there will be a carryover of $2,571.14 on today’s first race.

It is a $12,500 claimer at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds and up. The purse is $19,000.

The Super Hi-5 is a $1 minimum bet, with no consolation payouts.  If there are no tickets  with the first five horses in correct order, the entire pool rolls over to the next race  with seven or more starters.

*Tyler Gaffalione rode three winners on Friday.  He is fourth in the spring meet standings with 15 victories. The leaders are Emisael Jaramillo with 20, Edgard Zayas with 17 and Eddie Castro with 15.

Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa Bay Downs has a ten-race card today, with first post of 12:35 p.m.

The feature fourth race is a $75,000 allowance/optional claimer at one mile on turf for 3-year-olds. It has a $23,000 purse. 

Bluegrass Tiger, trained by Kathleen O’Connell and to be ridden by Antonio Gallardo, is among the ten entrants.
O’Connell comes into the day with 1,799 career wins. Bluegrass Tiger is the first of her seven entrants today at Tampa Bay.

Our research, including reviews of Equibase Co. data, show that O’Connell is second in all-time wins among women trainers in North America.  Kim Hammond, who trains mostly in Midwestern states, leads with 2,084 wins.
--Jim Freer

Friday, April 29, 2016

Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Hit for $218,456

There was a single winning ticket on Gulfstream Park's Rainbow 6 on  Friday, and it paid $218,456.30.

Going into the day's  eighth and final race, it was the only live ticket that had Ansiedad who at 36-1 was the second-highest price in the nine-horse field.

Ansiedad won, resulting in the payout that combined a carryover that had grown over nine race days with 80 percent of the day's bet on the Rainbow 6.

The carryover going into Friday was $156,506. Bettors added $77,467.

The  Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent per combination  only bet that requires picking winners of each of the last six races. 

Late Friday afternoon, Gulfstream reported that the winning ticket cost $600 and was purchased through the Prairie Meadows racetrack in Altoona, Ia. 

Gulfstream apparently had not yet learned the identity of the individual or group that bought the ticket.

Gulfstream pays out the full Rainbow 6 pool (carryover plus 80 percent of the day's bet) only if there is just one ticket with all six winners.

On other days, it has the 20 percent takeout.then it divides 56 percent among tickets with the most winners,and puts 24 percent into the carryover.
--Jim Freer

Me Llamo Sam, at 6-1, Kicks off Gulfstream Rainbow 6

Me Llamo Sam at 6-1 edged Starship Apache by a nose in Gulfstream Park's third race to start the Rainbow 6.

Bettors added $77,467 to the pool. The carryover coming in was $156,106.
The third race was a $12,500 claimer at six furlongs on dirt.  Pedro Monterey Jr. rode Me  Llamo Sam for trainer Dennis Griffith.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Broome horses win back-to-back GP features

Brandy's Girl, at 7-2, won Thursday's seventh race at Gulfstream Park to give conditioner Edwin Broome a feature race victory for the second day in a  row.

Brandy's Girl took an early lead and went on to beat 9-2 shot Spanish Concert by 2 1/2 lengths in the five furlong turf race.  It was a $62,500 allowance/optional claimer for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Broome bred, owns and trains the six-year-old mare Brandy's Girl.

He also is breeder/owner/trainer of  Posse's Dream, a 4-year-old gelding, who won Wednesday's five-furlong turf feature for males.  It had the same optional claiming price and purse.

Edgar  Prado rode the Florida-bred Brandy's Girl who in 54:65 seconds on the course listed as firm. Jonathan Gonzales rode the New Jersey-bred Posse Dreamin who won in 54:79 over a firm course.

Spanish Concert, ridden by Eduardo Nunez, is trained by Kathleen O'Connell.  She has 1,799 career wins.  On Friday she has four entrants at Tampa Bay Downs and none at Gulfstream.

Double Secret finished third, followed by the 6-5 favorite Sunrise Kitty in the six-horse field.

5 .  Brandy's Girl                      $9.20  $4.60  $3.60
4 . Spanish Concert  $5.00  $3.40
6 . Double Secret .  $6.00
 --Jim Freer

Turf Sprint Tops Thursday Gulfstream Card

Gulfstream Park has an eight-race program today with first post of 12:55 p.m.

Conditions are listed as fast and firm.  According to the Weather Channel there is only a ten percent chance of rain this afternoon in and around Hallandale Beach where Gulfstream is located.

The feature seventh race is a $62,500 allowance/optional claimer at five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.  The purse is $44,000.

Spanish Concert, trained by Kathleen O’Connell, is among likely favorites in the six-horse field. Eduardo Nunez has the mount. 

O’Connell has 1,799 career wins, and Spanish Concert is her only horse entered at any track today as she attempts to reach 1,800. She has four horses entered tomorrow, all at Tampa Bay Downs.
Our research, based on data from Equibase Co, and other sources, indicates that O’Connell is second in all-time career wins among  women trainers in North America.

Kim Hammond is first, with 2,084 wins through Wednesday.  She trains mostly in Indiana and other midwestern states.

*There is a carryover of $137,213 today on the Rainbow 6, starting on the third race.

*Gulfstream has moved its first post time back to 1:15 p.m. for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
*On Saturday, Gulfstream will have the $100,000 Miami Mile (Grade 3) at that distance on turf for 3-year-olds and the $100,000 Powder Break at one mile on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.