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Gulfstream Today 2.15.2013
Lead: George and Lori Hall’s 5-year-old Pants On Fire was sent off the 9-to-10 favorite in a strong field of eight older horses in Friday’s $65,000 optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park, and was an impressive winner of the one-mile test on a ‘sloppy’ track after giving his connections and fans some anxious moments on the backstretch.
Pants On Fire broke from post one on the inside under jockey Paco Lopez and raced in fourth leaving the chute while not appearing all that comfortable. In a flash Lopez asked him to run and he slipped through along the rail to take command into the far turn and drew off from there to score by 5 ¼ lengths over Centaur Farm’s Megamove with E-Racing and Kevin Jacobson’s Eldaafer another 3 ½ lengths back in third.
“He doesn’t like dirt in his face, particularly mud,” said winning trainer Kelly Breen of Pants On Fire’s inside trip up the backstretch. “Paco said he had to get him going at that point and had to ‘take one shot’ to get through, and he did. I told him it looked pretty good to me. I don’t think he was comfortable down inside.”
A son of Jump Start, Pants On fire was a leading 3-year-old in 2011 when he won the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds and finished ninth behind Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby (G1) before winning two of five starts last year. He came back with a big effort to finish third, beaten a half-length for it all by Csaba, in the one-mile Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) last out here on Jan. 13.
Breen indicated the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) to be run at one mile on Saturday, March 9 was one “possibility” to consider. Pants On Fire paid $3.80 for $2 to win and was timed the mile in 1:37:91. Pants On Fire has now won six of 18 starts with earning now approaching $1 million.
Rainbow 6 Carryover Hits $2.6 Million: The 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Saturday of $2,605,670.51. There was no unique winning ticket on the 10-cent wager Friday. Those who had six-of-six winners were rewarded with $14,207.31. There was one live ticket going into Friday last race, but Moonlit Park was eased at the finish.
Who’s Hot: The number ‘6’ saddle towel was in the winners’ circle after each of the first five races, including Chasing Tails Stables’ 4-year-old filly Starship Truffles scoring her fifth straight victory in the third race with jockey Luis Saez, who also won the fourth race. Jockey Paco Lopez also won two races.