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Gulfstream Today: 3.22.2013
The Lead: The 10-cent Rainbow 6 carryover pool swelled to more than $1 million heading into weekend action at Gulfstream when more than one bettor held tickets with all the winners of the last six races on Friday's card. The carryover will stand at $1,120,612.52 for Saturday's 10-cent Rainbow 6 wagering that gets underway on the sixth race of an 11-race card, highlighted by the $150,000 Pan American (G2).
There were two live tickets that would have paid off the entire pool of $1,238,726 had either the No. 4 Good Mother Fran or No. 6 Vision of Romance found the winner’s circle in Friday's 10th race. Favored Conquesta ($6.60) went gate to wire to capture the finale, finishing off a still-healthy $16,873.37 payoff to those bettors who held tickets with all six winners.
In order for the Rainbow 6 jackpot to be won, a bettor must be the only one holding a unique ticket with all six winners. If there is no single ticket sold, 60 percent of the day's pool is dispersed to the multiple winning ticket holders, while 40 percent of that day's pool is added to the carryover pool.
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.
Baffle Me ($7.20) went right to the front at the start of Friday’s ninth race, a $65,350 optional claiming allowance race, and continued on post a 2 ¼-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario. The Mark Hennig-trained 4-year-old filly ran a mile on turf in 1:33.06.
Winning for the third time in eight turf starts, Baffle Me prevailed over Suroof and jockey Edgar Prado. Peace Preserver, the 6-5 favorite ridden by John Velazquez, closed to finish third, another length back.
Who’s Hot: Edgar Prado continued his resurgence at the current Gulfstream meet, riding two more winners: Pleiadian ($18.80) in the first and Liz Lemon ($11.80) in the fifth. Veteran Joe Bravo also scored twice, visiting the winner’s circle with Jane of All Trades ($16.20) in the fourth and Drenched ($10) in the sixth. Paco Lopez, a two-time Gulfstream riding champ, doubled with Live on the Edge ($16) in the second and In the Beat ($12.40) in the eighth.