Sunday's Gulfstream Program Highlighted by Mandatory Payout of Rainbow 6
Rainbow 6 Carryover Pool Offers a $50,000 Guarantee to be Disbursed
Hey Leroy Has a Happy Homecoming at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – With the end of the fiscal year looming at Gulfstream Park, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a mandatory payout on Sunday's program.
Anyone who correctly selects the winners of the final six races on the eight-race card will win all or a share of a guaranteed pool of $50,000 or perhaps much more. Whatever is bet into the Rainbow 6 pool, even if that total exceeds $50,000, will be paid out in its entirety; there will be no carryover.
After no one hit the Rainbow 6 for almost five months between January and May, the Rainbow Six was solved for the jackpot three times, once for more than $6.6 million on May 25. The bet was also hit on consecutive racing days this past week for payoffs of $219,761.86 and $40,000. In addition a scheduled mandatory payout on May 26 returned $12,796 to multiple winning ticket holders.
Those who correctly picked the winners of the fifth through eighth races Saturday took home $319.46.
Following Sunday's mandatory payout, the Rainbow 6 will start anew on Tuesday, when Gulfstream will hold a special eight-race July 1 card.
Hey Leroy Has a Happy Homecoming at Gulfstream Park
Appleton (G3) winner Hey Leroy returned to his home base at Gulfstream Saturday to roll home the victor in the seventh race, a starter optional claiming event, to the delight of the Gulfstream crowd.
The former claimer has become a fan favorite at Gulfstream, having started in Hallandale 10 times with five victories. The 4-year-old gelding recently returned from a two-race road trip that saw him earn a second-place finish in the Dixie Stakes (G2) at Pimlico on Preakness Day before finishing a more disappointing ninth in the Manhattan Stakes (G1) on the Belmont Stakes undercard.
Roman’s Avenue, an allowance winner last time out, set the early pace and opened up an eight-length lead on the field after three-quarters of a mile. The field caught up with him, however, and Hey Leroy, second-last in the early going, easily passed his rivals while three-wide. Safely in front with an eighth of a mile to go, he edged away, crossing the wire 1 ¾ lengths in front. He covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.66 for trainer Manuel Azpurua and the Rontos Racing Stable Corp.
Jockey Luis Saez, who later on the card rode Wildcat Red to a popular 10 1/4-length victory in the Quality Road Stakes, picked up the mount on Hey Leroy and enjoyed the ride. When asked if he was confident heading into the stretch, the rider quickly and emphatically responded, “Yes.”
“[Azpurua] told me that he didn’t want him in front or on the speed, so I broke and got my position, and when I asked him at the half-mile pole, he responded,” Saez said. “In the stretch he went right by everybody.”
Hey Leroy paid $3.00 to win. Dynamic Boy ($12.80) got up for second, and Mutsadder ($5.60) was three-quarters of a length back in third.
Holywell Gets Maiden Victory in Preparation for Sire Stakes
Trainer Jose Pinchin earned a rewarding win when his home-bred Holywell took the eighth race, a maiden special weight event for 2-year-old fillies.
It’s a family affair for Pinchin. His wife Tracy is listed as Holywell’s owner and breeder, while he himself does the training.
After running a distant third in her debut two weeks ago, Holywell returned an improved racehorse. After being pressured by favored Awesome Ice through the early going, Holywell turned away repeated challenges from her foe to prevail by a length. She covered the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.22.
“We were expecting her to win,” Pinchin said. “I was very confident in her. She ran good. She’s a tryer.”
Holywell, by Exclusive Quality out of the Gold Case mare All Saint’s Day, is nominated for the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes, set to begin at Gulfstream on August 9th. Pinchin said he is targeting the series for his filly.
“Our next race will be in the Sire Stakes,” he said.
Holywell paid $19.40 to win. Awesome Ice ($3.60) was second, and Slava ($4.40) was third.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $50,000