HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Displaying a grit to match her speed and talent, Bridled Heiress outran Shogun Samurai down the stretch and held off late-running Miss Melinda to win today’s featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park. Favored at 4-5 in the field of eight, Bridled Heiress ($3.60) ran 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.77 in the $48,750 entry-level allowance, her first try against winners after a 5 ¼-length maiden victory here on March 2. “[Shogun Samurai] gave her a tough time, but she’s an awesome filly,” winning trainer Terri Pompay said. “I’m really proud of her.
That was the first time she got a little tested, but I liked how she responded to it.” Under Champions meet-leading rider Javier Castellano, Bridled Heiress raced three wide behind alternating leaders Wild N Clever and Shogun Samurai through a quarter-mile in 22.53 seconds and a half in 45.19.
Bridled Heiress began to move up rounding the final turn and hooked up with a stubborn Shogun Samurai in mid-stretch before determinedly edging clear late as Miss Melinda put in a furious rally along the rail. “I really liked the way she did it,” Castellano said. “She always showed speed but today there was a lot of speed in the race. I had a beautiful post and I wanted to do something a little different to learn something for the future and, at the same time, get the job done. I was very impressed. She was able to rate off today and she gave me a great kick. It was a great performance.”
A 3-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir, Bridled Heiress was bred in Florida by owner Wanda Polisenni’s My Purple Haze Stables. Pompay felt the effort earned her filly another step forward.
“Now, we can start to look for a small stake or something like that and go from there. We’ll see how she comes back and decide what we want to do,” she said. “She settled off and relaxed and she closed. I would have liked her to be able to get by that other horse a little easier, but we are very happy.”
Tough Maiden Test on Derby Undercard
In addition to Saturday's $1-million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) as the headliner, Gulfstream Park will host seven additional stakes races, as well as four deep maiden races for choicely pedigreed 3-year-olds.
The third race, a $57,000 test for 3-year-old fillies, will feature the career debut of La Madrina, a daughter of Tapit bred and owned by Emory Hamilton.
The gray filly has recorded a promising worktab at Payson Park for trainer Shug McGaughey, and she is a half-sister to millionaire Verrazano and graded stakes winner El Padrino.
"She's done everything right and it's time to run her," McGaughey said. "She's more of a heavy filly--that's why it's taken a while to get her to the races. "I think she'll run good. I don't know what the other fillies are like, but I think she's got a good future and she'll give a good account of herself on Saturday. She's got a world of pedigree and we'll see how she does."
La Madrina will be ridden by Javier Castellano when she breaks from post seven. She will have to contend with morning-line favorite Thirteen Arrows, who earned an 85 Beyer Speed Figure in finishing a close second in her career debut at Gulfstream on March 2. Jockey Joel Rosario will ride the daughter of Indian Charlie. Produced by multiple Grade 1 winner Stop Traffic, Thirteen Arrows is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Stop Traffic.
Also in the field is Make It Snappy, a first-time starter for owner-breeder Darley Stable and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. The Medaglia d'Oro is the first foal from Flashing, who scored in the Test Stakes (G1) and Gazelle Stakes (G1) during her sophomore campaign in 2009. Jockey Luis Saez has the mount aboard the bay filly, who will break from post two.
Saturday's fifth race is a $57,000 maiden for 3-year-old males contested at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track. WinStar Farm's homebred Charge Now finished second to the promising Dance Champion when unveiled on the Gulfstream turf on Feb. 15, and makes the move to dirt this time. A son of Tiznow from the mare Supercharger, the Bill Mott trainee is a half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver. He has recorded a pair of bullet drills at Payson Park since his first start.
Jockey Joel Rosario will take over the reins on Charge Now, who is drawn in stall five.
Also in the field are Legend and Lynx, who were narrowly edged when second and third, respectively, by Ring Weekend in a Gulfstream maiden on Feb. 8. Ring Weekend followed up that graduation by winning the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). Legend, fourth behind another subsequent stakes winner in Vinceremos in his opener at Gulfstream on Jan. 4, is trained by Jim Bond on behalf of William L. Clifton Jr. Lynx has shown steady progression for owner Peachtree Stable and trainer Roger Attfield, and his last appearance was his first race on dirt after several starts on synthetic.
Rainbow 6 Jackpot Carryover Grows to $4.2 Million
Unsolved for the 55th consecutive racing day, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $4,200,453.22 heading into Saturday’s $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) 14-race card. Post time is noon.
A total of $388,233 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 7-5-6-8-1-1 combination returned $1,800.66.
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 Joel Rosario won the third race when Phoenix Court ($4.80) was placed first following the disqualification of Rowdy Miss, and the seventh with Acting On a Feelin ($5).
Rainbow 6 carryover: $4,200,453.22