50-Cent Pick 5 Solved After Jackpot Swells
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 50-cent Pick 5 jackpot pool swelled to $971,971 Friday at Gulfstream Park, where the innovative wager was solved and rewarded winning ticket-holders with a $7,104.20 payoff.
The Pick 5, which requires bettors to select the winners of the final five races on the card, went unsolved for the previous two racing programs, resulting in a $172,735 carryover to Friday’s card.
Jockey Orlando Bocachica, the main reason the Pick 5 went unsolved on Thursday by riding two huge longshots to victory, rode Paster’s Bad Habit to victory in the 10th race to complete the winning tickets.
Bocachica, who rode $148.60 and $120 longshots among his three winners on Thursday, continued his hot riding with three more trips to Gulfstream Park’s winner’s circle Friday. The 29-year-old journeyman won aboard Blondie Ruth ($8.40) in the third, and Capitalism At Risk ($8) in the fourth, as well as Paster’s Bad Habit ($11).
In the featured ninth race, a 1-7/16-mile turf allowance, La Luna de Miel ($19.80) made her U.S. debut a winning occasion for trainer Graham Motion and jockey John Velazquez. Making her first start since finishing off the board in a listed stakes in her native Germany, the 4-year-old filly closely stalked the pace throughout the turf route before kicking in down the stretch to win by a length.
The German-bred daughter of Monsun, who had broken her maiden in her only previous start in Europe, ran the 1-7/16 miles in 2:24. Kathern’s Kitten finished second under Jose Lezcano, a neck ahead of Giants Play and jockey Joe Bravo.