HALLANDALE BEACH, FL- Coffee Clique, making her first appearance since August, got the nod over a stakes-quality group of older fillies in Wednesday's $54,500 featured eighth race going a mile on turf. The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro broke alertly under jockey Joel Rosario and raced three wide throughout. She pounced on pacesetter She's Spooky turning for home and had just enough in the tank to fend off Orion Moon's late surge by a head. She was timed in 1:34.45. Sent off as the second choice, Coffee Clique ($6.20) is now 4-2-1-0 over the Gulfstream grass course for trainer Brian Lynch.
Coffee Clique broke her maiden in her turf debut at Gulfstream last February before finishing fourth in the Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) and second in the Secret Grace Stakes. Sent up to join Lynch's string at Woodbine, the bay filly won the Selene Stakes (G3) on Polytrack in May and was benched following a third in the Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) on Aug. 17.
"She's always been a filly that we had a lot of hope for," Lynch said. "She had a few ankle chips at the end of last season, so we cleaned them up and we're hoping to have a good year with her up at Woodbine. This was a great start back for her."
Lynch admitted the final furlong was nerve-wracking.
"I wish Joel hadn't left it such a nail biter," Lynch joked. "I'm not really good with that sort of stuff, but thank God the nod of the head prevailed."
Rainbow 6 Carryover Tops $4 Million
Unsolved for the 53nd consecutive racing day, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $4,019,042.08 heading into Thursday's 10-race program.
A total of $436,066 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 7-3-3-6-2-7 combination returned $1,567.96.
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 to his lead in the standings with a pair of winners, Goodtimehadbyall ($2.60) in the fourth and Charade ($7.20).
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $4,019,042.08