Gulfstream Today

Gulfstream Today

08/14/2014

Naval Command Storms to Victory in Gulfstream Park Feature
Overcomes Slow Start to Dominate 6 Other Juvenile Fillies
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Guaranteed at $50,000
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Overcoming a slow start from her rail post position, Naval Command posted a dominating 9 ½-length victory over six other 2-year-old fillies in Thursday’s featured third race at Gulfstream Park.
 
Heavily favored at 3-5 in the 6 ½-furlong allowance, the daughter of Midshipman won for the second time in three starts that included a second-place finish in the Cassidy Stakes at Gulfstream last time out.
 
“She has all the talent in the world, but she needs to learn how relax a little better,” trainer Bill Kaplan said.
 
After standing in the No. 1 stall during a slow loading process, Naval Command came out of the starting gate last, but quickly got into the race under jockey Juan Leyva. The Florida-bred filly engaged pacesetter Bonne Nuit leaving the backstretch and around the final turn before responding to urging and powering away to a commanding triumph. Slava finished second under Jose Valdivia Jr., three-quarters of a length ahead of Bonne Nuit and jockey Edgard Zayas.
 
Naval Command ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:18.07 for the Pinnacle Stable, Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice.
 
“She needs to mature a little bit more. The talent – there’s no question about that,” Kaplan said. “She has unbelievable talent. She just needs to settle down a little bit more.”
 
Naval Command broke slowly in her debut at Gulfstream on June 21, when she rallied to win by a length at 4 ½ furlongs. She raced wide while chasing victorious front-running Coco’s Wildcat in the 5 ½-furlong Cassidy on July 12.
 
“We’ve got a couple spots we’re looking at, but we won’t be making any decisions for a few days,” Kaplan said. 
 
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Guaranteed at $50,000
 
The 20-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot will be guaranteed at $50,000 for Friday's program at Gulfstream. Heading into Thursday's 10th race, the last leg in the popular wager's six-race sequence, there were ‘live’ tickets covering No. 2 Candi’s Halo, No. 5 Duty Blues, No. 9 Sharkbait Ooh Haha and No. 11 Motin. Had any one of those four horses won the finale, one lucky bettor would have cashed for $43,870.
 
However, No. 4 Unleash the Humor prevailed over Duty Blues and Candi's Halo, who finished second and third, respectively, producing a $3,621.86 payoff to multiple ticket holders with the 10-9-9-3-5-4 combination.
 
Who’s Hot: Trainer Giuseppe Iadisernia saddled a pair of winners: Latent Fire ($4) in the eighth and Unleash the Humor ($6) in the 10th.  
 
Rainbow Six Carryover: $50,000