Gulfstream Park Alumni Continue on Road to Triple Crown
Apr 5, 2018
Blue Grass, Wood Fields Include 9 Championship Meet Starters
Saturday’s Program Includes Simulcasts of Wood, Blue Grass & Santa Anita Derby
Rainbow 6 Carryover Friday $75,000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– More than a few 3-year-olds have already earned their ways into the 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1) field on Gulfstream Park’s 2018 Road to the Triple Crown, including Audible, a rousing winner of both the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) and last Saturday’s $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1), as well as $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) victor Promises Fulfilled.
The conclusion of the historically productive 3-year-old racing program isn’t the end of the other road, however, for Gulfstream Park alumni who have yet to earn their ways into the 20-horse field for the May 5 Run for the Roses.
As many as 9 horses that competed during the record-breaking 2017-2018 Championship Meet will be in action Saturday in quests to qualify for the Derby in the $1 Million Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland or the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct.
Good Magic, the 2017 Eclipse Award-winning juvenile, is the most prominent of the seven 3-year-olds with ‘GP’ in their past performances that are entered in the 1 1/8-mile Blue Grass.
The Chad Brown-trained colt, who broke his maiden in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), finished an even-running third behind Promises Fulfilled in the Fountain of Youth. The $1 million son of Curlin needs only an on-the-board finish to comfortably earn a Derby start. Flameaway, who earned no qualifying points for his victory in the Jan. 6 Kitten’s Joy on Gulfstream’s turf course before winning the Sam F. Davis (G3) and finishing second in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2); and Free Drop Billy, who finished second in the Holy Bull and third in the Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct; won’t need a win to get a trip to Louisville.
Machismo, Tiz Mischief, Gotta Go and Marconi will need to be first or second to have a shot at a Derby berth.
The 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial field of nine will include two Gulfstream alumni, including Enticed, who galloped to a commanding victory in the Gotham to clinch a Derby berth in his most recent start. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained colt finished a distant fourth behind Audible while making his 2018 debut in the Holy Bull. Dale Romans-trained King Zachary will make his first start on the Road to the Triple Crown in the Wood after turning in a dazzling 7 ¾-length maiden triumph at Gulfstream in his most recent start.
The conclusion of the Championship Meet hardly marked the end of emerging 3-year-old prospects competing at Gulfstream. Saturday’s 12-race program, the third card of the 110-day Spring/Summer Meet, will conclude with a 7 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on turf, with a field that includes three well-bred, well-connected first-time starters. Trainer Todd Pletcher, the defending Spring/Meet titlist, will be represented by a 3-year-old son of Orb (King Orb) in a field that includes a son of Tapit (Ajwibah) trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and a son of Data Link (Datum) trained by Shug McGaughey.
Saturday’s first-race post time is set for 12:30 p.m. Full-card simulcasts from Keeneland, Aqueduct and Santa Anita featuring the Blue Grass, Wood and Santa Anita Derby, respectively, will be offered in Silks and throughout the Gulfstream facility.
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover $75,000.
Friday’s Rainbow 6 carryover at Gulfstream will be $75,162.50.
Multiple winning tickets with all six winners Thursday returned $2,322.02.
The sequence will begin with the fourth race – a five furlong optional claimer on the turf – and will include three other turf events.
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.