Gulfstream News & Notes

Gulfstream News & Notes

06/12/2014

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot $100,000 Guaranteed
Little Daddy Set for Turf Debut in Saturday’s English Channel Stakes
Notyouraveragejoe Ready for Comeback in English Channel
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot for Friday’s program at Gulfstream Park will be guaranteed at $100,000 if a lucky bettor has the only ticket with the winners of the day’s final six races.
 
Solved by a Palm Beach bettor for a record $6,678,939.12 on May 25, the popular multi-race wager’s pool has been building since May 26, when a mandatory payout produced a $12,798.04 payoff to multiple winners.
 
Another mandatory payout is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, the last program of the fiscal year.
 
Little Daddy Set for Turf Debut in Saturday’s English Channel Stakes
 
Little Daddy has shown an affinity for Gulfstream’s main track, but it was only a matter of time when trainer Carlo Vaccarezza would enter Little Dreams Racing’s 3-year-old colt in a turf race. After the New York-bred colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 over the turf course on Sunday, that time had come.
 
Little Daddy is scheduled to make his turf debut in Saturday’s $75,000 English Channel, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds.
 
“He worked really well. He loved it,” Vaccarezza said. “He’s bred to go long on turf. He’s by Scat Daddy, out of a Lemon Drop Kid mare.”
 
Little Daddy was quick to show that he possessed a lot of talent when he won the first two races of his career, both during Gulfstream Park’s Champions Meet.
 
The 3-year-old closed from off the pace to draw away to a 3 ¼-length victory in his six-furlong debut on March 15 and employed a similar scenario to win a 6 ½-furlong allowance two weeks later.
 
“When he was a 2-year-old he showed me a lot of potential. He had a little breathing problem that took a little while to treat. It was an allergy or something that was bothering him, so I took my time with him,” Vaccarezza said. “It paid dividends. He ran strong the first two times he ran.”
 
Little Daddy suffered his first defeat on May 3, when he ran evenly to finish third behind front-running winner C. Zee in the $90,000 Sir Bear Stakes, run over a sloppy track.
 
“He made a move here and there. He was on the outside and it was really soft and muddy,” Vaccarezza said. “It rained a lot before the race and he just didn’t handle the racetrack.”
 
Notyouraveragejoe Ready for Comeback in English Channel
 
Notyouraveragejoe is slated to make his first start since Nov. 30 in Saturday’s $75,000 English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream Park, as long as the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes is contested on the turf course as scheduled.
 
“I won’t run on the dirt, not coming off a six-month layoff. It’s been a long time and he’s probably one or two works short of running on dirt. Turf doesn’t take as much out of them,” trainer Stephen DiMauro said. “On the dirt around two turns, I’d want to have a couple more works in him before I did that.”
 
DiMauro had to deal with “a couple of issues” with Notyouraveragejoe since the Florida-bred colt finished second behind next-out winner Storming Inti in the $100,000 Pulpit, a mile stakes that was taken off the turf and run over a sloppy Gulfstream track. The runner-up finish followed a pair of victories at Gulfstream, including a maiden-breaking score on a sloppy track in an off-the-turf race at a mile and a triumphant turf debut in the $100,000 Juvenile Turf for state breds. The son of Discreet Cat closely stalked the pace into deep stretch before prevailing by a half-length at 33-1 for his first stakes victory.
 
“I can’t really say that I felt that he’d run that good, but we were hoping he’d move up on the grass. There were reasons in his training that we thought he’d move up on it,” DiMauro said. “It worked out.”
 
Notyouraveragejoe’s versatility figures to give his trainer options.
 
“I’m not sure which surface is better from him, but I think turf might be better for him,” DiMauro said. “I think he’s better running on it, but it’s nice to know that if it comes off, he’ll still be competitive as the year goes on.”