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First 2-Year-Old Race of Spring Meet Set for Wednesday; Rainbow 6 Hit for $77,000, Super Hi 5 Carryover Sunday

Apr 15, 2017
C. J. McMahon Makes Career Move to Gulfstream Park
Rainbow 6 Hit for $77,000, Super Hi 5 Carryover Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The first race for 2-year-olds of Gulfstream Park’s Spring Meet is scheduled for Wednesday’s second race, featuring a field of seven fillies, including four from stables with impressive resumes for juvenile success.

Wesley Ward-trained Lounge Act, Ralph Nicks-trained Pantyhose and Stanley Gold-trained Minaj and Baylor are sure to get extra attention from betters after handicapping the 4 ½-furlong dash for juvenile fillies.

Ward, who has developed an imposing reputation for early juvenile success in both the U.S. and Europe, is already off to a fast start for the 2017 2-year-old season, saddling the winners of the first three juvenile races at Keeneland this spring. Lounge Act, who turned in a bullet half-mile work of 35 4/5 seconds over the turf course at Palm Meadows Training Center, is by Creative Cause out of the multiple stakes-placed Gilded Time mare Hallelujah Trail.

Pantyhose is owned by breeder Jacks or Better Farm, which has campaigned the winners of a record 18 stakes in the Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) series for 2-year-olds sired by Florida-based stallions. The daughter of Awesome of Course, who is out of multiple-stakes winner Garter Belt, is a full sister to Two Twenty Five A, the winner of the 2014 FSS Affirmed.
Gold, a former trainer for Jacks or Better Farm who holds the FSS record by saddling 18 winners, will seek continued juvenile success with Arindel Farm homebreds, Minaj and Baylor, both sired by Brethren, a full brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. Minaj is out of multiple-stakes winner Cat Can Do. Baylor was foaled by stakes-winner Trainee.
C. J. McMahon Makes Career Move to Gulfstream Park

After setting a record for most victories by a jockey last spring and summer at Lone Star Park, C. J. McMahon has ventured to Gulfstream Park to seek success during the 2017 Spring and Summer Meets.

“I think it might be a good opportunity to get to where I want to be in my career,” said the 22-year-old native of Lafayette La., who rode at the recently concluded Fair Grounds meet.

McMahon was the leading rider the past two years at the Dallas-area track, winning 98 races last season at a 34-percent clip and 95 races at a 33-percent clip in 2015. He had planned to return to Lone Star Park this spring until trainer Keith Bourgeois raised the idea of riding at Gulfstream Park instead.

“I had the opportunity to play golf with Mr. Keith Bourgeois and Robby Albarado. We started the conversation about here and [Bourgeois] said, ‘Man, you should try it out over there,’” said McMahon, who looks upon Albarado as his mentor. “I kind of bounced it around, and the next day, he asked me again. I said to myself, ‘Hey, he’s serious.’ I reached out to [agent] Walter Blum and he got back to me three weeks later and said, ‘Let’s go.’”

McMahon has won more than 200 races in each of the past two years and has amassed 796 wins in six-plus years of riding. McMahon rode his first winner on his first day of riding April 6, 2011 at Evangeline Downs.

The son of a Quarter Horse jockey notched his first victory at Gulfstream in Friday’s first race, scoring aboard A Fashion Affair ($13.20), who was saddled by Bourgeois, who is also based at Gulfstream Park for the first time.

Rainbow 6 Hit for $77,000

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was hit by a single bettor Saturday for $77,343.16.
There were two live tickets going into the final race, won by Liquid Aloha ($48.20).
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique 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.

There will be a Super Hi 5 carryover Sunday of $3,877.70.  

Sunday’s first race is 12:55 p.m.

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