Gulfstream Today

Gulfstream Today

07/20/2014

Gulfstream-based East Hall Exits Ohio Derby Triumph in Good Order
Carryover Generates Boost in Super Hi-5 Betting
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Guaranteed at $50,000 for Thursday
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Bill Kaplan reported Sunday that Gulfstream Park-based East Hall exited his late-running triumph in Saturday’s $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown in good order.
 
“He came out of the race great,” said Kaplan, whose trainee overcame his far-outside post position in the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and a wide trip to score by a head.
 
One of only two Triple Crown-nominated colts in the 11-horse field, East Hall was easily the most battle-tested entrant in the field, having run against most of the top 3-year-olds during Gulfstream’s Champions Meet. The son of Graeme Hall finished third in the Gulfstream Park Derby, fourth in the Fountain of Youth (G2) and fifth in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1). He prepped for the Ohio Derby with a second-place finish behind Wildcat Red in the Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream on June 28.
 
“He really ran against the best down here in the Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth. Gulfstream Park always has tough races and he always gave a good showing of himself,” said Kaplan, who visited the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle Sunday with fourth-race winner Celtic Stride. “I thought he was much the best in the field.”
 
Gulfstream Park-based Juan Leyva travelled to the suburban Cleveland track to ride East Hall, who is scheduled to van from Thistledown to Gulfstream on Monday.
 
Kaplan mentioned the $75,000 Monarchos Stakes at Gulfstream on Aug. 30 and the $400,000 Super Derby (G2) at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 6 as possible targets.
 
Carryover Generates Boost in Super Hi-5 Betting
 
A carryover pool of $54,480.81 generated a boost in Super Hi-5 betting Sunday, with $294,879 being poured into the pool for the 10th-race exotic wager.
 
Multiple ticketholders with the 10-7-3-9-11 combination each cashed for $4552.60.
 
The 20-cent Rainbow 6, which produced a $149,050.56 jackpot payoff Saturday, went unsolved Sunday. The carryover jackpot will be a guaranteed at $50,000 for Thursday’s card. Multiple winning tickets with the winners of the last six races were sold Sunday, each worth $429.02.
 
Who’s Hot:  Apprentice jockeys Michael Ritvo and Arny Fontanez each scored doubles. Ritvo tallied aboard Quiz Whiz ($7.60) in the second race and Celtics Stride ($7.20) in the fourth. Fontanez got to the winner’s circle aboard Guarimbero ($30.20) in the third and Ginebra ($6.40) in the sixth.
 
Trainer Kathleen O’Connell saddled a pair of winners: My Space Cowboy ($23) in the first and Florida Sire Stakes-eligible Jaiden’s Best ($6.40) in the eighth.                                                                                                                                __
 
Leading rider Edgard Zayas took off his mounts after riding the first two races, notifying officials that he wasn’t feeling well.
 
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $50,000