Saturday, September 26, 2020

Gulfstream Saturday: Card with Six Stakes Races Headed by SIre Stakes Finales

Gulfstream Park will have six stakes races on its 11-race Saturday card, which has first post at 12:00 p.m.

The Hallandale Beach, Fla., track will close its spring/summer meet on Sunday with  mandatory payouts on the Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Super Hi-5.

If the Rainbow 6 jackpot (carryover plus 80 percent of the day's bet) is not taken down on Saturday, the carryover likely will be above $800,000 and Gulfstream expects that will attract $4 million or more in Rainbow 6 bets.

The Gulfstream Park West meet, at Calder in Miami Gardens, will open on Saturday Oct. 3.  A Florida law prohibits pari-mutuels from continuing a carryover into a successive meet.

The Saturday stakes are races six to eleven, with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:50 p.m.

We will have previews and other coverage later this morning and this afternoon. Those reports will be mostly on this blog.

The stakes races comprise the Rainbow 6, which has a carryover of $670,605. It is a 20 cents per combination-only bet.

Co-features are the $400,000 In Reality for 2-YO males and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for 2-YO fillies. 

Both races are 1 1/16 miles on dirt and are the third and final legs of the Florida Sire Stakes series. Those races ae restricted to Florida-breds that are sons or daughters of Florida-registered stallions whose owners have paid fees for eligibility for the program, which includes breeders' and owners' awards as well as purse money.

This link the Equibase Web site has the Gulfstream entries for Saturday.  It has click-ons for handicapping material, some for free and some at cost.

The stakes races are:
*6th -- $150,000 Wildcat Heir, 3-YO, one mile on dirt

*7th -- $75,000 Hollywood Beach, 5 furlongs on turf, 2-YO

*8th -- $400,000 My Dear Girl, 1 1/16 miles dirt, 2-YO fillies

*9th -- $75,000 Armed Forces, one mile turf, 2-YO

*10th -- $400,000 In Reality, 1 1/16 miles dirt, 2-YO

*11th -- $75,000 Our Dear Peggy. one mile turf, 2-YO fillies 

Due to rain, Gulfstream moved all four of its scheduled-for-turf races to the dirt track where conditions ranged from Fast to Sloppy.

As of 10 a.m. skies were clear at and around Gulfstream. leading to the prospect that Saturday races will stay on turf.

However, the Weather Channel forecast for Saturday is for a 45 percent chance of thunderstorms between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
*Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gulfstream remains closed to bettors and thus has no on-site wagering.

Betting on Gulfstream races may be done on most Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) Internet and phone services. Many sports books, race tracks and OTB offices have simulcasting on Gulfstream races.



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