Gulfstream Guarantees $50,000 Minimum Pick 5 Pool Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park officials will guarantee a minimum pool of $50,000 for the 50-cent Pick 5 wager for Saturday’s card.
The innovative wager will require bettors to select the winners of the final five races on the card, including the $250,000 Davona Dale (G2), $150,000 Hutcheson (G2) and the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2).
The 50-cent Pick 5 produced a $103,233 payoff on Friday, when $43,769 was carried over from Thursday’s card.
The 10-cent Rainbow 6 pool on Saturday will include a carryover of $54,867 from Friday’s card. The 10-cent wager, which requires bettors to select the winners of the final six races on the card, pays off the jackpot when a single bettor has the winning combination.
Funny Sunny Wins a Laugher
After Funny Sunny crossed the finish line 10 ¾ lengths ahead of her closest rival in the fourth race Friday, her trainer’s attention immediately turned to the Gulfstream Park stakes schedule.
While running away with the $51,500 allowance race, the 3-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor ($3.60) certainly looked the part of a serious contender for stakes such as the $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (G2) on April 2.
“Right after the race, I looked at the stakes. It’ll probably be too much to go in the (Gulfstream) Oaks,” said Hess, who trains Funny Sunny for Amanda Pope. “I’ll need to talk to my client. We’ll consider that race, but she ran so well today we might need to wait six or seven weeks. She’ll tell us. She’s very healthy. She’s going to be a nice filly and she has a bright future.”
Funny Sunny, who ran six furlongs in 1:10 under jockey Kent Desormeaux, had run two times previous to Friday’s impressive victory, having captured her debut at Hoosier Park in October before finishing a solid second to Oh Carol at Gulfstream on Jan. 30.
“Her race last time was a really good race. The winner, Oh Carol, I think is going to crush them (in the Davona Dale Saturday),” Hess said. “We were legitimately beaten last time, but our filly improved for this race.”
Hess, who also saddled Floating Alone for victory in Friday’s fifth race, trains a string of 12 horses at Gulfstream Park while maintaining a 30-horse stable in Southern California. The 45-year-old California native expects to have a stronger presence on the East Coast this year, when his stable at Belmont Park will grow to 25.