Jockey Gabriel Saez Making Most of Opportunities at Gulfstream
Rainbow 6 Carryover Climbs Over $5.5 Million
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Gabriel Saez continued HIS winning ways during Gulfstream Park’s spring/summer meet Friday, guiding Chocolate Wildcat to a debut victory in a $48,000 maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds.
Chocolate Wildcat, the 8-5 second choice in the fourth race, ran 4 ½ furlongs in 51.80 seconds, giving trainer Jason Servis his sixth winner from nine starters and Saez his 13 victory for the current meet. The Florida-bred son of Wildcat Heir finished two lengths ahead of late closing Jack’s Comprise, who finished two lengths ahead of the Wesley Ward-trained Boozin Time.
“This little colt looks like he can run a little bit. He broke a step slow but he got going,” Saez said. “I was expecting to follow Wesley Ward’s horse, but he dragged me to the lead. I said, ‘I’m already here,’ so I just kind of held him together from there.”
Saez, who entered the weekend action with a 40-percent win rate, got off to a slow start during the Champions Meet due to a six-week layoff with a broken shoulder.
“That was one of the reasons I was kind of slow. Gulfstream is a tough meet over the winter time. All the big riders are here. After a while I got going and they went on to Keeneland and I’m trying to take advantage of that,” Saez said.
Saez had enjoyed much success earlier in his career while riding first call for trainer Larry Jones, for whom he rode Proud Spell to victory in the 2008 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Alabama (G1) and ill-fated Eight Belles to a second-place finish in the 2008 Kentucky Derby (G1).
“I thank God I’ve been getting the opportunity to build my career back up,” Saez said. “I’m really excited. I’ve been riding some really nice horses lately and starting to win some races. That’s what it’s all about.”
Saez made a wise career move last spring when he gave Corey Moran his book and moved to Monmouth, where he finished the meet in fourth place with 54 victories.
“I was in Kentucky not doing really good and he gave me a call and asked me to come up to New Jersey,” he said. “It worked out really well.”
Although he has become a frequent visitor to the Gulfstream winner’s circle, Saez is scheduled to leave for Monmouth on May 5.
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Rises to $5.5 Million
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Saturday of $5,518,224.13.
The popular multi-race wager which requires a bettor to hold the only ticket with the winners 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. Multiple ticketholders with the winning combination of 2-6-7-2-2-1 received $2,215.20.
The record payout for the Rainbow 6 is $3,591,245.44 cashed by a New Jersey bettor on Feb. 22, 2013.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $5,518,224,13