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City of Weston Upsets Grande Shores in Blue Heron Handicap; Friday's Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Stands at $1,357,478; Three-Day Super Hi-5 Carryover of $38,062 Up for Grabs Friday; Leading Rider Edgard Zayas Out of Action with Right Hand Injury

Apr 23, 2015

Friday's Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Stands at $1,357,478

Three-Day Super Hi-5 Carryover of $38,062 Up for Grabs Friday
Leading Rider Edgard Zayas Out of Action with Right Hand Injury
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- The $60,000 Blue Heron Handicap came down to an extended stretch duel between a pair of seasoned, gutsy multiple-stakes winners, with City of Weston posting a mild upset over favored Grande Shores Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
Claimed out of his most recent start by Loooch Racing Stables and trainer Peter Walder for $62,000, City of Weston was the beneficiary of an outside dream trip under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado. The 5-year-old son of Holy Bull needed the trip to beat even-money favorite Grande Shores by a neck at the finish of the seven-furlong sprint.
As City of Weston obtained a forward position while clear on the outside, Grande Shores raced between horses to the inside during a pedestrian first-quarter of a mile. Asked for run by jockey Rodney Soodeen, who picked up the mount from injured Edgard Zayas, Grande Shores responded to vie for the lead leaving the backstretch and around the turn before hooking up with City of Weston at the top of the stretch. It appeared that Grande Shores took the lead inside the final sixteenth but City of Weston fought back to win the decision.
"I thought there would be more speed in the race, but I guess nobody wanted to go," said Prado, whose mount was second choice at 7-2 in a field of six. "My horse was very comfortable, very close to the leaders and started picking them up around the turn and he finished strong."
City of Weston ran the seven furlongs in 1:23.10 while winning his eighth career race and running his earnings past $500,000 with the $36,000 winner's share, offering a quick return on the investment of his new connections.
"He's always been a class horse. He won the Grade 3 Gallant Bob a couple years ago," trainer Peter Walder said by phone from Texas, where he's scheduled to saddle Sr. Quisqueyano for Friday's $200,000 Texas Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park. "He's right up my alley, being an older class horse."
The amazingly consistent Grande Shores, who finished 1 1/2 lengths clear of third-place finisher Purple Egg, ran his streak of finishing at least second to 14 consecutive races. The Stanley Gold-trained 7-year-old, who recovered from a bout with colic a few weeks ago, has finished first or second in 30 of his 43 lifetime races for Jacks or Better Farm.
Friday's Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Pool Climbs to $1,357,478
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 26th consecutive racing day Thursday at Gulfstream Park, leaving one program between bettors and the chance at making a life-changing score.
The carryover jackpot pool will stand at $1,357,478 heading into Friday's nine-race program.
Should the Rainbow 6 go unsolved again Friday, the jackpot pool can be expected to reach $5-plus million for Saturday's scheduled mandatory payout. There was a mandatory payout on April 23, 2011 with a $1.4 million carryover. The total pool that afternoon swelled to $5.1 million after $3.5 million was bet into it.
The Rainbow 6 jackpot was last hit on March 18, when a unique ticket returned $210,973.74.
Multiple tickets with the winning combination of  2-7-1-6-7-7 were sold Thursday, each worth $1,829.58.
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool. Yet, on a mandatory-payout day, the entire pool must be paid out to those bettors with tickets sporting the most winners in the six-race sequence.
Also on Friday, there will be a three-day Super Hi-5 Carryover of $38,062.16 available to bettors.
Leading Rider Edgard Zayas Out of Action with Right Hand Injury
Leading Gulfstream Park jockey Edgard Zayas, who was unseated in Wednesday's third race, will likely miss at least two weeks with a hairline fracture to his right hand, according to agent Tito Fuentes. 
Zayas was on the lead while riding Gotachancetodance in Wednesday's race when the 4-year-old filly ducked toward the inside rail, unseating Zayas.
"We saw the doctor (Wednesday) and it's nothing he thinks that will require surgery," Fuentes said. "We're going to go back Monday and see what the doctor tells us then and what we need to do from there. But the doctor saw the X-rays and we're thinking he's going to maybe miss two or three weeks."

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