Gulfstream Today 3-28; Pass the Dice scores; Rainbow 6 Soars
Lead: Trainer Wayne Catalano made a fortuitous choice to bring Gary and Mary West’s 5-year-old Pass the Dice out of his Fair Grounds-based division to Gulfstream Park recently. The 5-year-old Kentucky-bred posted a mild upset in Thursday's sixth race, a $65,350 optional claiming allowance, rallying from off the pace to score by 1 ½ lengths over George Kerr’s pace-setting Good Morning Diva in the one-mile test.
Jockey Joel Rosario rode Pass the Dice to post his second winner of the afternoon. They sat last of six down the backstretch in the talented field before rallying around horses on the turn and wearing down dueling rivals in the deep stretch. Stonestreet Stable’s Hierro was sent out the 3-to-5 favorite for trainer Todd Pletcher and finished third, a half-length behind Good Morning Diva.
“He’s a stone runner,” said Catalano of Pass the Dice. “I brought him over from Fair Grounds as soon as I saw this race in the condition book. It was perfect at a one-turn mile and, as it turned out, he was the only four-time winner in the field. I needed this one. It’s been a little slow for us here. We’ll take him to Kentucky and look for the right race. I like him a lot.”
A homebred son of Lemon Drop Kid, Pass the Dice had won four of seven starts with a second. His two out-of-the-money finishes came when seventh on turf in the Hawthorne Derby (G3) as a 3-year-old in 2011 and sixth last out going two turns on the main track in an allowance race at Fair Grounds on Feb. 2.
Pass the Dice paid $12.40 for $2 to win and was timed the mile in 1:35:74 over the ‘fast’ track. The victory was the 10th of the Gulfstream meet for Catalano out of 46 starters with seven seconds and six thirds.
Rainbow 6 Pays $47K for a Dime; Carryover Near $1.5 Million
Two tickets were alive for the whole jackpot going into Thursday's final race. No. 4 Road to Babylon and No. 6 Century Gold were each eligible to return a $1,554,776 jackpot with a victory in the 10th race. The pair of long shots finished off the board, while Blazen posted a front-running score to finish off a $47,591,25 payoff for multiple tickets with the winners of the last six races on the card.
The Rainbow 6 carryover will stand at $1.459,593.91 for Friday's program. The entire pool is paid out when there is only one unique ticket with all six winners.
The carryover pool for the popular wager has built up steadily since a lucky New Jersey bettor cashed for $3,591,245.44 on Feb. 22. The winning ticket, which cost $3,118.50 in 10-cent combinations, was placed at the Meadowlands.
Who’s Hot: Apprentice jockey Edgard Zayas rode three winners. Zayas won the first atop Si Senora ($5.60), the third aboard Wildcat Lily ($46.60) and the 10th on Blazen ($14.80).