Take Time to Pray Takes Friday Feature
Gulfstream's 2-Year-Old Program Gets 'Awesome'
Derby Party Saturday
Rainbow 6 Carryover $5.78 Million
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – When trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. saw the 3-year-old Take Time to Pray in a $16,000 claimer in late January at Gulfstream, he liked what he saw.
He put in a successful claim on the son of Songandaprayer that day, and that investment has already rewarded him handsomely. Take Time to Pray has yet to lose for his new connections, and he ran his winning streak to three Friday, taking the feature at Gulfstream, an allowance optional claiming event at 6 1/2 furlongs over the main track.
“He’s been a good claim for us,” Joseph said. “He’s been good to us. He keeps improving and that’s a good thing.”
Take Time to Pray was bet down to 2-5 and ran like a heavy favorite should. Ridden by Paco Lopez, he led gate to wire, and although Joh’s Gone Wild closed well to be second, the win was never in question.
“Today, he looked like he did it pretty well,” Joseph said. “We were stretching him. It was the first time he was going 6 ½, and he seemed to get it well.”
Take Time to Pray ran the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.09 and paid $3.80 to win. He is now five-for-ten lifetime and four-for-five at Gulfstream Park. While Joseph does not yet have a race in mind for the colt’s next start, he said that the ultimate goal is to return Take Time to Pray, who contested the Laurel Futurity last September, to stakes action.
“Eventually...hopefully,” Joseph said. “One step at a time. We’ll take a look at the book and find a race for him.”
GULFSTREAM’S 2-YEAR-OLD SUMMER PROGRAM GETS ‘AWESOME’
Gulfstream’s fifth race saw 10 2-year-old fillies - eight of them unraced - go to the post for a maiden special weight event as a part of the track’s new 2-year-old summer program. Chester A. Bishop’s Awesomendensome took the race in her career debut, outlasting the favored and fast-closing Miss Amalita by a nose. Jose Alvarez rode the Florida-bred daughter of Mass Media and the Indian Ocean mare Rate Shock to the win for trainer Luis Ramirez. Awesomendensome covered the 4 ½-furlong distance in 52.29 and paid $15.20 to win.
The 2-year-old summer program will feature the $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes, which begins on August 9th.
GULFSTREAM HOSTS FLORIDA’S BIGGEST KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY
Gulfstream will host the biggest Kentucky Derby party in Florida tomorrow to go along with its own race card in honor of the 140th running of the historic Run for the Roses. The daylong event will feature giveaways, a hat contest, drink specials, a buffet in Ten Palms, and a chance to win up to $600 in Kentucky Derby betting vouchers.
Gulfstream will simulcast the full Saturday card at Churchill Downs throughout the track grounds starting at 10:30 a.m. The Kentucky Derby itself will also be simulcast on Gulfstream’s three high-resolution Daktronics LED boards in the walking ring. Gulfstream’s 10-race card, featuring the $75,000 Sir Bear Stakes and Preakness hopeful Social Inclusion, kicks off with a 1:25 p.m. post time. Silks will open at 9:30 a.m.
Gulfstream and its satellite training facility Palm Meadows will be well represented in the Kentucky Derby with 11 of the 19 starters having raced or trained on Gulfstream property, including Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Wildcat Red and Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod.
RAINBOW 6 CONTINUES TO GROW
The Rainbow Six Carryover continues to grow and now stands at $5,768,145.53 going into Saturday’s card. It paid $4,258.42 to those who correctly picked the winners of all six races. The Super Hi-5 also has a carryover of $3,356.22.