Saez Rides Four Winners on Friday’s Program; Rainbow 6 Jackpot Hit for $129,904.18 Friday; Super Hi-5 Carryover of $6,017.98 for Saturday
Dec 18, 2015
Rainbow 6 Jackpot Hit for $129,904.18 Friday
Super Hi-5 Carryover of $6,017.98 for Saturday HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Luis Saez won with four of his seven mounts on Friday, becoming the second jockey in three days to ride four winners on a single card at Gulfstream Park.
The 23-year-old Saez was first across the line with Lady’s Lunar Luck ($22.40) in the first race, Rockin Ronda ($8.80) in the third, M C Squared ($10.80) in the fourth and Vinny White Shoes ($7) in the seventh. He also ran second with 22-1 long shot Diplomatic Affair in the eighth.
“I felt like today we had a good chance,” Saez said. “We just tried to ride to win and all the horses were running good for me.”
Second to four-time Championship Meet-leading rider Javier Castellano in both wins (84) and purse earnings ($2.92 million) last winter, Saez has 11 wins through the first 10 days of the 2015-16 meet, five behind Castellano in first.
“We’re looking to keep doing better than the last year,” Saez said. “We’re working hard every day and trying to win all the races we can.”
Newly turned journeyman Tyler Gaffalione won with four of eight mounts on Wednesday’s card. Rainbow 6 Jackpot Hit for $129,904 Friday, Super Hi-5 Carryover Saturday
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 wager was solved for the second time during the Championship Meet on Friday, returning $129,904.18 to one lucky bettor.
Eight horses were live to take down the jackpot, which included a carryover of $69,649 built over seven racing programs since being hit for $44,230.54 on Dec. 9. Flash Jak ($15.40) won the 10th race finale to complete the 13-10-6-3-4-1 sequence, giving jockey Raul Mena his first victory in the United States.
The Rainbow 6 jackpot is only paid out 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.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span races 6-11 and includes a pair of $75,000 turf stakes, the Tropical Park Derby (race 9) for 3-year-olds and $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks (race 11) for 3-year-old fillies, both at 1 1/16 miles.
Highlighting the 11-race program is the 61st running of the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) in race 4. First race post time is 12:05 p.m.
Breakfast at Gulfstream will be held from 7-10 a.m. Saturday in Stretch’s BBQ and Tiki Area with free backstretch tram tours, guest speakers, giveaways, prizes and a $10 all-you-can-eat buffet. Who’s Hot:
Saez wasn't the only rider to win multiple races Friday. Jockey Julien Leparoux picked up a pair of winners Friday, with Moonlight Bandit ($6.60) in the second race and Flatlined ($19.60) in the fifth. Super Hi-5 Carryover: