A 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road, Westminister Road was the only runner in the seven-horse field that was able to close ground in the 1 1/16-mile grassy Miss Patti, in which 6-5 favorite Cosmic Harmony jumped out to an uncontested lead and slowed things down on the front end, setting soft fractions of 24.84 seconds for the first quarter and 48.94 seconds for the half. On the backstretch, the field began to bunch, and 8-5 second choice Susie Bee edged up to Cosmic Harmony’s flank, putting some pressure on her, but it appeared the leader had plenty left in reserve for the stretch run. Cosmic Harmony began to draw off as the field straightened out for home, but Westminister Road, in third in the early stages under Edgard Zayas, quickly accelerated and bore down on the favorite. She passed right by on the outside and kicked clear to a 1 ¾-length victory. The final time was 1:42.05.
“I think she had the perfect trip today,” Zayas said. “The problem she always had was at the start. She would always break a little slow. I warmed her up really good today, and she broke really good, so it was the difference in the race, because I could position her wherever I wanted, and I didn’t want to stay so far behind, because there was no speed at all. I think the break was where she won the race, once she broke good and got good position.”
“I wasn’t too concerned [with the slow pace],” he added. “On the backstretch, I made her run a little bit, so the one (Susie Bee) put pressure on [Cosmic Harmony]. That was another difference-maker, when the one pressured her a little bit. [Cosmic Harmony] came up a little bit empty at the end, and I had a lot of horse. I know she can run a lot at the end.”
While he had not been aboard for Westminister Road’s most recent two starts, sitting out with an injured hand, Zayas had ridden the filly on three previous occasions, and he sees her potential going forward.
“It was so hard for her to get her first win,” he said, “but I think she has learned how to win, and she’s going to win a couple more races.”
Westminister Road returned $11.00 as the 9-2 third choice. Cosmic Harmony ($2.60, $2.10) held on for second, a neck in front of Susie Bee ($2.40). Afleet Mary, Like a Queen, and Eminencia completed the order of finish.
Multiple Winners in Rainbow 6; Sunday's Carryover $171,000
Despite three live single tickets going into Saturday's last race, there was no unique ticket with all six winners in Saturday's $300,000 guaranteed pool for the 20-cent Rainbow 6.
Those holding one of the multiple tickets with the winning numbers 9-6-1-12-2-4 each received $26,101.24. Victories by either of Moonlite Matinee, Pat M's Image or Addar would have given one lucky bettor the Rainbow 6, but the three finished second, third and fourth, respectively, behind 7-5 race favorite Lion Soul.
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.