The debut of the 2-year-old filly Gladys, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, and a Rainbow 6 carry that has grown to $415,638 loom as highlights for Friday at Gulfstream Park.
The Hallandale Beach, Fla., track will have ten races with first post of 12:00 p.m.
Conditions are listed as Fast and Firm. The Weather Channel forecast is for the chance of rain to grow from 15 percent to 50 percent during racing hours.
The first race has a Super Hi-5 carryover of $5,304.
The Rainbow 6 is on races four to nine with the sequence scheduled to start at 1:50 p.m.
We will have more details on the Rainbow 6 this afternoon on this blog.
Gladys, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is slated to break from the outside post position in a field of 10 2-year-old fillies assembled for a $65,000 six-furlong maiden special weight race carded as Race 6. Scheduled post is 2:50 p.m.
Gladys was named by owner/breeder Dede Mc Gehee, a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in memory of her late maternal grandmother, Gladys Atkinson Houser.
Gladys is the eighth foal out of Lotta Kim, a daughter of Roar whose first foal was Rachel Alexandra, who was named 2009 Horse of the Year after winning five Grade 1 races in a row, including the Preakness, Haskell and Woodward against males and the Kentucky Oaks.
The Kentucky-bred Gladys, who is trained by Kelsey Danner, has been prepared for her debut with a series of 10 breezes at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
Angel Arroyo has the mount.
Medaglia d'Oro was a multiple graded stakes winner between 2002 and 2004. His wins included the 2004 Donn Handicap (Grade 1) at 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Gulfstream.
His stud fee for Gladys was $200,000 and it remains at that price
Medaglia d'Oro has sired approximately 25 Grade 1 winners. Songbird, Plum Pretty, Violence and Msahwish are among them.