Saturday’s Card Features Five Stakes and Nearly $550,000 in Purses
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – With an 11-race card featuring five stakes and nearly $550,000 in purses set for Saturday, Gulfstream Park is turning up the heat on its summer meeting over the Fourth of July Weekend.
Heated competition on the racetrack is no longer restricted to the historic Thoroughbred track’s Champion’s Meet.
“We’re proud of the high quality and full fields on Saturday’s card. It shows that Thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream can be a major player in the summer as well as the winter months,” Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo said. “Saturday’s card will provide a lot of momentum heading into the summer months that will include a lot more big days, especially Aug. 9 when we’ll host the Florida Sire Stakes for the first time.”
Saturday’s five $75,000 sprint stakes will be supported by six races with deep fields on both the main track and turf course, providing 11 strong challenges for handicappers, most notably in the six-race sequence of Gulfstream’s popular 20-cent Rainbow 6 wager. The Fourth of July Weekend will kick off with a $50,000 carryover jackpot guarantee for Friday’s program. On Saturday, the Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 6 through 11, which will include four of the five stakes.
The $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint, a five-furlong turf dash in which multiple-stakes winner Madame Giry is slated to take on 10 males, will kick off the stakes action in the fifth race. The $75,000 Paseana will launch the Rainbow 6 with a Marty Wolfson-trained quartet of fillies and mares, including Inside Information (G2) winner Heart Stealer, heading a field of eight. The Paseana and three subsequent stakes will be run at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.
A full field of turf runners is scheduled to contest the seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance, and second leg of the Rainbow 6 before the stakes portion of the program resumes with the running of the $75,000 Cash Run in the eighth race. Little Alexis is set to make her long-awaited return from a stunning debut victory over subsequent Grade 2 stakes winner My Miss Sophia on Feb. 9. The Carlo Vaccarezza-trained filly will face a strong field of 10 3-year-old fillies that includes Scandalous Act, who swept the filly division of the 2013 Florida Stallion Stakes (now known as the Florida Sire Stakes). Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado is scheduled to have seven mounts at Gulfstream Saturday, including Little Alexis.
The $75,000 Cherokee Run will feature multiple-stakes winner Bolita Boyz in a well-balanced field of 11 3-year-olds in the ninth race before Bahamian Squall makes his 2014 debut in the $75,000 Housebuster in the 10th. The Grade 1 stakes-placed Bahamian Squall is set to meet 11 older horses, including red-hot Mr. Baker, Dad’z Laugh and Grande Shores. Heart Stealer, who is the morning-line favorite in the Paseana, is cross-entered in the Housebuster.
The Rainbow 6 and the big day will be wrapped up with a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight event on the turf course, which attracted a full field of 12.
Post time for Saturday’s first race will be 1:25 p.m., as it will be for the first race on Friday and Sunday.