Gulfstream Today

Gulfstream Today

05/24/2014

Tommy Turner rejoins Gulfstream Jockey Colony
Salamera Makes it Back to Winner’s Circle in Feature  
Rainbow 6 Carryover Climbs to $6,397,286.35
Super Hi-5 Carryover Swells to $30,142.88 
                  
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockey Tommy Turner, who's ridden 1,623 winners over his career, has rejoined the jockey's colony at Gulfstream Park.
 
Turner, who spent the 1990s and 2000s riding at Gulfstream in the winter and Monmouth Park in the summers, spent the past three years at Indiana Downs and was in Oklahoma last fall at Remington Park.
 
"I went home for Christmas and I wanted to come straight here for the winter, but every time I tried to leave we got two, three, five feet of snow," Turner said with a smile. "Then my mom and sister were throwing so much food at me I got up to 135 pounds. I figured I better leave quick or I was going to gain even more weight. So I packed the Corvette and made a pit stop in Ocala to ride seven or eight a day there and get back to my regular weight."
 
Turner, who won Gulfstream's 2000 Forward Gal (G2) with Inquisitive, the 2005 Palm Beach (G3) with Interpatation, and the 1993 Barbara Fritchie (G2) with Moon Mist, said he plans to make Gulfstream his home.
 
"I was going to come last year but I wasn't sure how many days we'd be racing," he said. "Now I see things are a little clearer, we're racing three days a week, so I can set up and feel good about it."
 
Salamera Back in the Winner’s Circle
 
Salamera, who launched her career two years ago with much promise, got back on track in Saturday’s featured eighth race, a $33,250 optional claiming allowance, at Gulfstream.
 
The 4-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal had won the first two starts of her career, a maiden score and a stakes victory, before finishing second behind Kauai Katie in the 2012 Adirondack (G2) at Saratoga. A subsequent injury sidelined her for nearly a year before she made a return to the races at Gulfstream in December.  Although she had finished in the money in four of her first five starts in her comeback, Salamera couldn’t find her way back into the winner’s circle until Saturday.
 
“It’s been a while. She had so many issues. I’m glad she finally turned it around. It was a little easier spot that she’d been running, but she’s taken a while to get into the shape she’s in now,” trainer Rodolfo Garcia said.
 
Salamara pressed early pacesetter The Royal Boot before easily moving to the lead on the far turn, only to be briefly challenged by It’s Mariah leaving the turn into the homestretch. The Florida-bred filly shook off that challenge and opened up in mid-stretch before meeting a late bid from Kipling’s Joy, the even-money favorite. Salamera, the 9-5 second choice, dug in under jockey Edgard Zayas to withstand the bid and score by a neck.
 
Salamera ran the six furlongs in 1:10.86.
 
Rainbow 6 Carryover Climbs to $6,397,286.35
 
The Rainbow carryover jackpot will stand at $6,397,286.35 heading into Sunday’s program at Gulfstream.  If the multi-race wager goes unsolved again on Sunday, a mandatory payout estimated at $16 million would be up for grabs on Monday.
 
Multiple ticketholders with the 1-3-6-4-4-6 combination cashed for $2,419.42 Saturday.
 
Who's Hot:  Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who is scheduled to ride throughout the Memorial Day weekend at Gulfstream, made three trips to the winner’s circle with Dolan’s Joy ($2.60) in the first, Red Hills ($7.60) in the third and Scorpion Al ($7.60) in the sixth.
 
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $6,397,286.35
 
Super High-5 Carryover: $30,142.88