Chilean Derby Winner Leitone Returns in Friday’s Mo Exception
Sep 6, 2018
Archer Road Cuts Back for Friday’s $75,000 The Vid
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $69.000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and R. A. Hill Stable’s Leitone, who finished second behind multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera in his U.S. debut, returns to action in Friday’s $75,000 Mo Exception at Gulfstream Park.
The Mo Exception, a mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up, will co-headline Friday’s twilight program (2 p.m. first-race post) with the $75,000 The Vid, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up.
The Kathy Ritvo-trained Leitone raced evenly to finish a well-beaten second in the Aug. 10 optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream won convincingly by Gunnevera, who went on to finish second in last Saturday’s Woodward (G1) at Saratoga. The Chilean-bred 4-year-old son of Dunkirk, who hadn’t seen action since winning the El Derby (G1) on turf Feb. 4 at Valparaiso, is a Group 1 winner on dirt as well as on turf.
Tyler Gaffalione has the mount aboard Leitone.
Ricardo Vallejo’s Deland rates as the horse to beat in the Mo Exception looking to his recent victory in the one-mile Coast Is Clear Stakes July 22 at Gulfstream Park. The two-length score came in the 6-year-old son of Gottcha Gold’s fourth U.S. start after distinguishing himself as a Grade 1 winner in Puerto Rico.
Emisael Jaramillo has the return mount aboard the 8-5 morning-line favorite.
Daniel Hurtak’s Conquest Big E., who captured the Gulfstream Park Hardacre Mile (G2) March 31, will seek to improve on a trio of subsequent disappointments. Trainer Donna Green named Jose Battista to ride the son of Tapit.
Trainer Antonio Sano, who saddled Gunnevera for his runner-up finish in the Woodward, is scheduled to send out Hy Riverside, who registered an allowance victory over Deland before finishing third behind him in the Coast Is Clear, and Hy Kodiak Warrior, a stakes-placed 7-year-old son of Kodiak Cowboy.
Millionaire Runner and The Best Candy round out the field.
Arindel’s Archer Road will be asked to cut back to 1 1/16 miles for a start in the The Vid after breaking through with a stakes victory in the 1 ½-mile Copingaway July 28 at Gulfstream Park.
The long-striding 4-year-old son of Leroidesanimaux worked his way through heavy traffic under Jeffrey Sanchez while rallying from eighth to prevail by a half-length in the Copingaway.
“I was looking to go a mile and a half with him. He had some trouble but we got lucky and got there,” trainer Stanley Gold said.
Archer Road has won three of his last four starts, scoring at a mile and 1 1/16 miles, in addition to the 1 ½ miles of his stakes win. Sanchez will need to adapt to the 1 1/16 miles of Saturday’s race aboard Archer Road.
“His run is not fast; it’s a long sustained move. So you’ve got to be closer, you’ve got to be faster earlier; you’ve got to start sooner; you’ve got to hope there’s an honest pace. There’s a whole bunch of variables,” Gold said.
Costa Brava’s Conquest Sandman has been installed as the 6-5 favorite after winning the 1 1/8-mile Mecke July 8 at Gulfstream. The 5-year-old gelded son of Scat Daddy has won three stakes since being claimed for $16,000 Feb. 10.
The Juan Carlos Abarrio-trained turf star will be ridden back by Emisael Jaramillo.
Hickory Woods Farm’s One of a Kind enters the The Vid in extremely sharp form for trainer David Kassen. The 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, who was claimed for $16,000 March 11, has won three times and finished second twice in five starts for his new connections. Most recently, One of a Kind fell a nose short of catching Grade 1 stakes-placed Kroy in an optional claiming allowance. Tyler Gaffalione has been named to ride the Florida-bred colt.
Rounding out the field: Durocher, Salute the Colonel, Erasmo’s Dream and Diamond Bachelor. Local Hero is a main-track-only entrant.
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $69,301
After being solved five times during the month of August, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the fourth straight program Thursday at Gulfstream Park, producing a carryover jackpot of $69,301.52 for Friday’s twilight program.
Multiple tickets with six winners Thursday returned $4,805.02. There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover Friday of $2,188.82.
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 5-9 with the The Vid carded as Race 5 and the Mo Exception programmed as Race 8.