Tuesday, April 20, 2021

GP: Zayas, Joseph Lead in Spring/Summer Wins; Live Racing Resumes on Thursday

After being dark on Monday through Wednesday, Gulfstream Park will resume racing on Thursday with nine races and first post of 1:00 p.m.

The Hallandale Beach, Fla., track's only carryover will be $44,277 on the Rainbow 6. The 20 cents per combination-only bet will be on races four through nine, with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:40 p.m. 

Meet Leaders

Through twelve days of the Gulfstream Park spring/summer meet, defending champion jockey Edgard Zayas and defending champion trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. are in first place in victories.

The meet is scheduled to have 103 days and end on Sept. 16, with a  Thursdays through Sundays schedule.

Saez has ridden nineteen winners. The next five places in the standings, with number of victories, are held by: Paco Lopez, 17; Edwin Gonzalez, 15; Emisael Jaramillo, 12; Miguel Angel Vasquez, 10; and Joe Bravo, 8.

Zayas had 137 wins in last year's 107-day spring/summer meet. He was followed by Vasquez with 127 and Jaramillo with 120.

Gonzalez is in his first season of riding at Gulfstream.  He led jockeys in wins each of the last two seasons at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa.

At Gulfstream's 2020 spring/summer meet, Lopez finished 20th with 15 wins and Bravo finished 23rd with eight wins.

Both rode at Gulfstream until late May in 2020 and then went to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., where they are perennially among  leaders in jockey wins.

Lopez won last year's Monmouth title with 51 wins and Bravo came in second with 41.

Both can be expected to ride this season at Monmouth, where the meet begins on May  28.

Joseph leads the trainer standings with eleven wins. Antonio Sano is second with five victories. Joe Orseno and Kelsey Danner each have four wins.

*Gulfstream began a new Rainbow 6 pool on Sunday, following a mandatory payout of the jackpot/carryover on Saturday.

Bettors put $184,508 into the Rainbow 6 on Sunday.

Of that, Gulfstream rook out 20 percent. It then divided 56 percent among tickets with all six winners and put 24 percent into a new carryover.

Each winning  ticket paid $439.82 on a 20-cent bet.

HorseRacingFLA's review of Equibase charts shows there were  235 winning tickets.

Program numbers of the winning horses were 1-5-6-2-5-6.

For Thursday, Gulfstream is guaranteeing that the Rainbow 6 pool (full  carryover plus 80 percent of new Rainbow 6 bet) will be at least $200,000 if there is just one ticket with all six winning horses.

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