HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Eased in her first race at the current Champions meet, Believe in Charlie has been perfect ever since.
A second-level allowance winner at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 16, Believe in Charlie came back to earn her first stakes victory by rallying from behind a wicked pace and take the 8th renewal of the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint on Sunday.
Trained by Tom Bush for Florida breeder-owner Westbury Stables, Believe in Charlie ($19.80) ran five furlongs in 54.73 seconds on a firm turf course as the seventh choice in a field of eight older female grass sprinters. It was the third stakes victory in two days for meet-leading rider Javier Castellano, who captured the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) and $150,000 Canadian Turf (G3) as part of a six-win afternoon on Saturday.
“The race just set up incredible for her,” Bush said. “Those were just speed-burning fractions. There was tons of speed and Javier, he’s so clever. He led the filly break a little sharp and then eased her back, and that’s what you want to do. You don’t want to take the break away from them.”
The race began with 3-2 favorite Runway Ready and Bounding Bi dueling through three-sixteenths of a mile in 20.28 seconds and three-eighths in 42.78. Castellano angled outside the leaders turning for home and drew away for a one-length victory.
Allwewantforxmas closed to be second, 3 ¾ lengths ahead of My Due Process. They were followed under the wire by Queen’s Award, Runway Ready, Bounding Bi, Flower Spell and Cor Cor.
“It worked out perfect,” Castellano said. “My filly she always showed speed in the shorter distance, but the way the race unfolded there was an extremely fast pace in the beginning. I think it worked out for my filly to come from behind a little bit and she found a little kick at the end. I’m very pleased with the way she did it. I think Tom Bush did a great job these last two races, and he deserves all the credit.”
Rainbow 6 Jackpot Continues to Grow
Despite having seven live tickets among 11 horses heading into Sunday’s 11th race finale, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 wager survived being hit for the 32nd consecutive racing day.
Get in Line ($9.80) rallied to beat Mr. Baker by a neck in the final 50 yards and ensure a carryover of $1,474,750.31 heading into the return of live racing. Wednesday’s 10-race card begins with a new post time of 1:05 p.m.
Mr. Baker, Barzini, N.B.A. Money, Jupiter, Fire Mission, Saturdayatbernies and Cairo Six were the horses that could have caused the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot to be paid out for the first time since it was cashed for $30,670.26 on Jan. 10. Barzini finished third.
A total of $506,578 was bet into the pool for the 20-cent Rainbow 6, the popular multi-race wager which requires a bettor to hold the only ticket with the winner of the days’ final six races to collect the jackpot.
The winning 11-1-10-5-6-11 combination was worth $141,796.74. Included in the sequence were long shots Analog Girl ($54.80) in the sixth, Successful Sweep ($41.60) in the eighth, and Believe in Charlie ($19.60) in the featured $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint. In the 10th, Two Minute Lick ($12.80) was elevated to the win when Dangerous Trick was disqualified from first to fourth for interference in the stretch.
Top Billing May Return in Florida Derby (G1)
Top Billing exited his third-place finish in Saturday's $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park in good order. Making his stakes debut in the 8 1/2-furlong event, the chestnut colt was last early, but put in a sustained rally to complete the trifecta, two lengths behind the dueling Wildcat Red and General a Rod. He was previously an impressive allowance winner at Gulfstream, and could make a fourth local appearance in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby(G1) on March 29. “He came out of the race well,” trainer Shug McGaughey said.
“The track was playing to speed and those two horses were out there and didn't stop. We just didn't get to them, going a mile and a sixteenth with a short run to the pole. I'm never happy when we don't win, but I wasn't disappointed in his effort. We'd like to run in the Florida Derby, but it's a little early, so we'll just have to wait and see.” Top Billing was one of two McGaughey trainees on Saturday's card.
The Hall of Fame conditioner also saddled Reload, who remained perfect in two infield outings by virtue of his determined effort in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3). McGaughey indicated that the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1) at Keeneland on April 11 would be “penciled in” for the 5-year-old's next start.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Julien Leparoux swept back-to-back races with Red Hot Randy ($5.80) in the fifth and Analog Girl ($54.80) in the sixth. Also winning twice were Paco Lopez with Successful Sweep and Two Minute Lick, and Castellano with Believe in Charlie and Get in Line. Rainbow 6 carryover: $1,474,750.31