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‘Valkyrie’ Strikes ‘Gold’ in in First Race for 2-Year-Olds

Apr 12, 2018
Florida Sire Stakes Series Goal for Pletcher-Trained Filly 
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpots Swells to $229,955


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –  Todd Pletcher-trained Valkyrie Gold stamped herself as a strong prospect for the 2018 Florida Sire Stakes series Thursday at Gulfstream Park while capturing the first race of the year for 2-year-olds.
            
The daughter of Florida stallion Exclusive Quality broke alertly under Tyler Gaffalione to press the pace set by Nancysaidso through fractions of 21.93 seconds and 45.50 before launching a late drive to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Kenneth English and Alan Braun’s homebred filly ran 4 ½ furlongs in a solid 51.79 seconds as the even-money favorite.
            
“In these type of races you need to break well and she did that and got away good. I thought she was very professional,” Pletcher said. 
            
Pletcher said the primary goal for Valkyrie Gold is the Florida Sire Stakes series that gets under way with the $100,000 Desert Vixen Aug. 4.
            
“We’ll leave her down here and point to those races,” Pletcher said.
            
Nancysaidso finished second, well clear of Cookie Dough. 
                 
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpots Swells to $229,955

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot rose to $229,955 for Friday’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved Thursday for the sixth straight racing day.
            
Multiple tickets with all six winners were worth $3,481.10.
            
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.
            
Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 5-10, including the featured ninth race, a five-furlong optional claiming allowance on turf headlined by multiple graded-stakes winner Pure Sensation.
            
Patricia Generazio’s 7-year-old homebred gelding is slated to make his 2018 debut after finishing fifth in the Breeder’s Cup Turf Sprint (G1), beaten by only 1 ¼ lengths by victorious Stormy Liberal, at Del Mar Nov. 4. Trainer Christophe Clement has named Tyler Gaffalione for the riding assignment.
 



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