HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – What she lacks in experience, In Tune is quickly making up for in talent.Making just her second career start, the 3-year-old Unbridled’s Song filly stayed unbeaten with a front-running victory in the ninth-race feature, an entry-level allowance at 8 ½ furlongs on the main track. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, the current meet leaders in their respective standings, In Tune turned back an early challenge from 45-1 long shot Camille Claudel and drew off to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:43.08.
“With the way the race looked on paper, our strategy was to let her run away from there,” Pletcher said. “She had to work a little bit the first quarter, but she seemed to be comfortable and relaxed and kept finding more. I’m very pleased.”
In Tune ($6.20) led through a quarter-mile in :23.57 and a half in :47.26, running six furlongs in 1:11.36 with Camille Claudel in close pursuit. Castellano and In Tune began to edge away turning for home, while Camille Claudel was able to hold off 3-2 favorite Rosalind for second by another 2 ¾ lengths.
“I liked the way she relaxed today,” Castellano said. “I took advantage because I didn’t see much speed in the race the way I handicapped it. The two fillies I had to beat were come-from-behind horses and I thought I could get the jump. I love the way she did it. It’s her second time and she’s stretching out.”
In Tune didn’t debut until breaking her maiden at Gulfstream going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 12, beating Whomping Willow, who came back to romp in her next start. Among the horses In Tune beat on Thursday were Rosalind, placed in two Grade 1 stakes at 2, and Grade 2-placed Bird Maker, who finished fourth.
“There was some accomplished fillies in there. To do that in her second start is a pretty good accomplishment,” Pletcher said. “She was just later coming in. My dad broke her and since she’s come to us, everything’s gone according to plan. I think we’ll go to a stake next; I’ve just got to figure out which one.”
Rainbow 6 Jackpot Continues to Grow
There were no unique winning tickets for the 20-cent Rainbow 6, producing a carryover of $1,691,753.47 heading into Friday’s 10-race card. Post time is 1:05 p.m.
The popular Rainbow 6 wager requires a bettor to hold the only ticket with the winners of the day’s final six races to collect the jackpot, which has not been paid out in its entirety since being cashed for $30,670.26 on Jan. 10.
A total of $433,569 was bet into the Rainbow 6 on Thursday, pushing the pool over the $2 million mark for the first time at the meet to $2,021,306. Bettors who correctly put together the 6-3-7-1-5-7 sequence earned $685.10.
There was a carryover of $9,144.05 for the Super Hi-5 wager in Thursday’s finale, which returned $1,530.70.
Who’s Hot: Castellano moved within one victory of reaching 100 for the third straight winter, winning the fifth with Theatre Star ($4.80), the eighth with Eternal Ruler ($3.20), the ninth with In Tune and the 10th with Sapphire Blue ($4.80). Jockey Jose Lezcano won with Canny Nanny ($11.80) in the opener and Previous ($6.20) in the seventh. Trainer Dale Romans saddled back-to-back winners with Tarpy’s Gold ($6.20) in the fourth race and Theatre Star in the fifth, while Mike Maker also won twice with Eternal Ruler and Sapphire Blue.
Rainbow 6 carryover: $1,691,753.47