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Queen’s Plate Winner Holy Helena Scores in 2018 Debut

Feb 4, 2018
Wednesday’s 20-Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $222,967   
Mind Your Biscuit Set for 2018 Debut on Friday’s Card
Jose Ortiz Rides Four Winners

               
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Stronach Stables’ Holy Helena ($4.80) earned a hard-fought victory in her 2018 debut at Gulfstream Park in Sunday’s fifth race, a mile optional claiming allowance on turf.
            
The 4-year-old homebred daughter of Ghostzapper’s 2017 campaign was highlighted by a 3 ½-length triumph over the boys in the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine after beating the girls in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks.
            
Holy Helena, whose career-best races have come over Woodbine’s synthetic surface, made her turf debut Sunday, stalking the pace before launching a strong stretch drive to prevail by a neck over pacesetter Killa Instinct. 

“There were a lot of questions marks, that’s for sure, but she was doing good and we just wanted to get her going somewhere. She’s not eligible for a whole lot. We thought it was a good time to try the turf to get a race into her and see if she liked it,” trainer Jimmy Jerkens said. “Who knows, we might try something later on but it also sets her up nicely if we want to run her back on the dirt.”

Holy Helena, who had gone winless in two starts wince winning the Queen’s Plate, ran a mile over a firm turf course in 1:38.05 under Jose Ortiz.

Stronach Stables, Jerkens and Ortiz teamed for a victory in the seventh race, a 1 1/8-mile maiden race on turf won by Sweet Sting ($23.40). The 3-year-old daughter of Awesome Again-Perfect Sting ran 1 1/8-miles in 1:50.23 to graduate in her first lifetime start.

Wednesday’s 20-Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $222,967
    
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot grew to $222,967.14 for Wednesday’s program at Gulfstream Park when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $41,723.22.   
            
The carryover jackpot is only paid out 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.
            
The popular multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the five programs since the Jan. 28 mandatory payoff of a record $19.779 pool that produced multiple winning tickets worth $15,566.
                  
Mind Your Biscuit Set for 2018 Debut on Friday’s Card

Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits is scheduled to make his 2018 debut at Gulfstream Park in Friday’s third-race, a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance.

Mind Your Biscuits tuned up for a victory in the $1 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) last year with a second-place finish in the Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3), in which he closed from well back to finish a neck behind Unified in the six-furlong sprint. The 2018 Gulfstream Park Sprint is scheduled March 3.
            
In his most recent start, Mind Your Biscuits finished second behind Sharp Azteca in the Dec. 2 Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct after finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 4,
            
The Chad Summers trainee is slated to face four rivals, including the Todd Pletcher-trained duo of undefeated One Liner, who hasn’t raced since winning the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn last February, and Big Daddy, a multiple Group 1 stakes winner in Chile set to make his second U.S. start. Conquest Windycity and Berliner round out the field
            
Who’s Hot: Jose Ortiz, who teamed with Stronach Stables and trainer Jimmy Jerkens for victories with Holy Helena and Sweet Sting, added a third victory aboard Brattata ($6.20) in the ninth and a fourth score aboard Alert Kitten ($4.80) in the 12th. Luis Saez added three more wins to his meet-leading total, scoring aboard Prado Vision ($5.20) in the first race, Storm Runner ($5.60) in the eighth and Summer Scamp ($6.80) in the 10th.
            
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot: $222,967.14
 



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