HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Unbeaten Constitution completed his major preparation for next Saturday’s $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) with a four-furlong drill in 49.30 seconds this morning at Palm Meadows. Campaigned by the partnership of Twin Creeks Racing and WinStar Farm, the son of Tapit is perfect in two starts at Gulfstream Park under the tutelage of trainer Todd Pletcher.
“I think we're in pretty good shape,” Pletcher said. “He went a half in 49 and galloped out great. He seemed to do it well and was very relaxed.” The nine-furlong Florida Derby will mark Constitution's stakes debut. Leading jockey Javier Castellano, who rode the 3-year-old in each of his first two outings, will have the reins once more on Saturday.
Constitution is expected to be joined in the starting gate by Miller Lite Holy Bull (G2) winner Cairo Prince (Kiaran McLaughlin), Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) victor Wildcat Red (Jose Garoffalo), Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod (Michael Maker), Swale Stakes winner Spot (Nick Zito), and Matador (Mark Casse).
Pletcher also sent out the 3-year-old filly In Tune for a half-mile move in 48.80 seconds in hopes of entering her in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on the Florida Derby card that includes eight stakes, including seven graded stakes.
Like Constitution, the daughter of Unbridled's Song is unbeaten in a pair of Gulfstream outings to date, having prevailed in a sprint on Jan. 12 before drawing off in an 8 1/2-furlong allowance on Feb. 27.
“We are planning to run In Tune (in the Gulfstream Park Oaks)," Pletcher confirmed. "I thought she worked really well this morning. It's her first step up into stakes company, but she's two-for-two and has been pretty impressive in her wins.” Bred and owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, In Tune is a sibling to stakes winners Affirmatif and Chitoz. The Gulfstream Park Oaks is also expected to attract America (trainer Bill Mott), House Rules (Allen Jerkens), Joint Return (John Servis) and Penwith (Kiaran McLaughlin).
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $3,793,865.82
Unsolved for the 51th consecutive racing day, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $3,793,865.82 heading into Sunday’s 11-race program.
A total of $688,773 was bet into the pool for the Rainbow 6, the popular multi-race wager which requires a bettor to hold the only ticket with the winner of the day’s final six races to take down the jackpot. It has not been paid out in its entirety since Jan. 10, when it was cashed for $30,670.26.
When there is no single jackpot winner, 70 percent of the pool is paid out while 30 percent goes back into the carryover. Today’s winning 2-1-10-5-6-3 combination returned $6,976.94.
The record payout for the 20-cent Rainbow 6 is $3,591,245.44 to a New Jersey bettor on Feb. 22, 2013.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Javier Castellano added three more victories to his meet-leading total aboard Rogue Lady ($4.60) in the fourth, Madaket Millie ($10.20) in the eighth and English Class ($5) in the ninth. Paco Lopez scored a double with Gladis True Love ($17.80) in the second and Phineus ($12.60) in the 11th.Trainer Chad Brown saddled a pair of winners: Tasmonia ($15) in the third and Madaket Millie.
Rainbow 6 carryover: $3,793,865.82