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Renovated Turf Course Draws Rave Reviews

Dec 2, 2018
Gaffalione Makes Three Visits to Winner’s Circle
Ortiz Brothers Bring Eclipse Duel to Gulfstream   
Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Grows to $45,039 

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Newly renovated for the 2018-2019 Championship Meet, the turf course at Gulfstream Park is receiving rave reviews.

Tyler Gaffalione, who rode at Gulfstream during the Spring/Summer Meet before venturing to Keeneland and Churchill Downs during the fall months, captured Sunday’s first race aboard Todd Pletcher-trained Lemonist over the turf course and was favorably impressed.

“It’s a major difference. During the summer there was a lot of kickback of sand. It was real loose under us. Now, it has a better base and the horses are getting over it easier. They’re really firing,” Gaffalione said. “The times are showing. It’s pretty even. You can come from behind or go to the lead. They did a great job.”

Renovations on the 180-foot course began over the summer, when the outside 100 feet of turf was torn up and replaced with new celebration turf, which scores high on tolerance and recovery. The inner part of the course underwent significant renovation.

Gaffalione went on to win two more races on Sunday’s card, scoring aboard Nikki’s Cause ($ 9.60) in the eighth race on turf and Dash of Dazzle ($8.80) in the ninth race.

Ortiz Brothers Bring Eclipse Duel to Gulfstream

Brothers Irad Ortiz Jr. and Jose Ortiz, currently locked in a two-man showdown for the 2018 Eclipse Award, are scheduled to begin riding at Gulfstream Park Wednesday.

Irad, who has been named on three horses, currently leads Jose, who has five scheduled mounts, in the purses-won category, $26.6 million to $26.2 million. As of Sunday, the elder Ortiz had ridden 321 winners, 27 more than his brother.

Jose Ortiz is the defending Eclipse Award champion.

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who recently won his 6,000th race, is scheduled to make his first Championship Meet appearance Thursday, when he is scheduled to ride Michael Matz-trained For Kicks in the fifth race, a $50,000 maiden claiming race, and Todd Pletcher-trained Hydra in the seventh race, a maiden special weight race.
Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Grows to $45,039 

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved at Gulfstream Park Sunday, generating a $45,039 carryover for Wednesday’s program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners Sunday were each worth $17,972.86. 
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 sold, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those betters holding tickets with the most winners while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.
There will also be a Super Hi-5 Carryover of $2,166.61 heading into Wednesday’s card.

Who’s Hot: Fresh off winning his first title at Churchill Downs, Tyler Gaffalione rode three winners on Sunday’s card.

Rainbow 6 Carryover: $45,039 

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