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Katie’s Kiss Stretches Out in Saturday's Betsy Ross Handicap

Jul 3, 2015

Flutterby Drills for Sunday's Princess Rooney

Saturday's Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $9,694.68
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Following an encouraging third-place finish against older horses in the Tiger Lily Handicap, Stonestreet Stables’ Katie’s Kiss is set to face her own age group in Saturday’s $60,000 Betsy Ross Handicap at Gulfstream Park.
The David Fawkes-trained 3-year-old filly earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 80 for her performance in the Tiger Lily, a five-furlong turf sprint on June 6. After settling in mid-pack early, the sophomore daughter of Kantharos closed steadily along the inside to secure the show. The only horses to beat her were Grade 2 winner R Free Roll and stakes winner Fascinante.
“Against older fillies, it was a spot that she really shouldn’t have been in, but she really ran a big race,” Fawkes said. “I think she came out of the race better than she went into it. She looks stronger, she’s training better. Her color is fabulous. I’m really happy with her.” 
Saturday’s 7 ½-furlong Betsy Ross will present a new challenge for Katie’s Kiss, as it will be the first time the filly will run beyond six furlongs on either dirt or turf, but Fawkes believes the extra ground will not present a problem.
“I don’t think that will bother her a lot, because she just falls out of the gate,” Fawkes said.“[Jockey Tyler Gaffalione] knows her. He’s won on her already. If you just break, you sit, and she’ll be fine. I think she’ll get the distance.”
Katie’s Kiss will face eight competitors in the Betsy Ross, including Westminister Road, winner of the Miss Patti Handicap on June 13. Also entered are Susie Bee and Afleet Mary, the Miss Patti’s third and fourth-place finishers; Urtheoneeyelove, who has contested graded stakes in each of her last three starts; and multiple-stakes winning Holywell, who will make her turf debut in the Betsy Ross. The field is rounded out by recent maiden winner Princess Fiona, L. A. Style and Nevelee.
The Betsy Ross is scheduled as the eighth race on Saturday’s 10-race Fourth of July program in Hallandale. There will be a special adjusted post time for the card, as live racing will begin at 12:45 p.m.
Flutterby Drills for Princess Rooney
Flutterby, the emphatic winner of the Sea Lily Handicap on May 30, turned in a sharp three-furlong blowout Friday morning in preparation for a start in Sunday’s $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2), the co-featured event on the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old filly, under the tutelage of trainer Jerry Bozzo, breezed the three-eighths distance in 35.53 seconds, the third fastest of 28 workers. Bozzo will send the daughter of Congrats out on Sunday looking to make history. Should she win the Princess Rooney, she would make Bozzo, 94, the oldest trainer to win a graded stakes race. 
Rated at 4-1 on the morning line, Flutterby is the Princess Rooney’s third choice behind graded-stakes winners Merry Meadow and R Free Roll. She will break from post five under regular rider Luca Panici. 
The Princess Rooney is the 10th race on Gulfstream’s 12-race, 9-stake card Sunday. Along with the Smile Sprint (G2), the race is a designated 'Win &You’re In' contest for October’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Lexington. Sunday's first race post time is set for 12:30 p.m.
Saturday's Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $9,694.68
After Wednesday’s mandatory payout resulted in a $2,350.52 payoff for multiple horseplayers, the Rainbow 6 started anew Friday at Gulfstream Park and went unsolved throughout the six-race sequence, resulting in a $9,694.68 carryover for Saturday’s card. 
For the multiple ticketholders that correctly selected the winners of the day’s final six races, a $2,310.60 payoff was produced. The winning sequence was 3-3-6-1-6-2.
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. The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot will be up for grabs again Saturday and will span the fifth through 10th races on the card. Post time for the card is 12:45 p.m.
On Sunday, there will be a guaranteed jackpot pool of $100,000 for the Rainbow 6 on the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program. The card includes nine stakes, four of them graded, including the Smile Sprint (G2) and Princess Rooney (G2). There will also be pool guarantees in the Pick 5 ($50,000) and Late Pick 4 ($100,000). All three multi-leg wagers will offer all-stakes sequences.

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