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Jose Ortiz Makes Triumphant Return from Surgery Thursday; Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $449,447 for Friday

Dec 28, 2017
Grade 3 Winners Hogy, Code Warrior Head New Year’s Day Stakes Noms
Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $449,447 for Friday


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Jose Ortiz made a triumphant return to the irons by winning Thursday’s opener at Gulfstream Park, his first mount since having minor knee surgery Dec. 3.

The nation’s leading jockey with more than $27 million in purse earnings, Ortiz guided Suzanne Stable’s 3-year-old filly Shar Ran ($6) to a front-running four-length triumph in the seven-furlong optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up.

Ortiz inherited the mount from jockey Julien Leparoux, who returned to Kentucky for the birth of his second child. Leproux is expected to return Saturday.

“She bobbled a little bit but she was the fastest horse from the gate. Passing the chute she was on the lead without asking her for much,” Ortiz said. “She relaxed very well the whole backstretch and by the three-eighths pole I knew I had a lot of horse under me. When I asked her she responded really well. I’m very happy [trainer Mike] Tomlinson gave me the opportunity to ride her, and the owner, and she was ready. She was ready to win.”

It was the 267th win of 2017 for the 24-year-old Ortiz, whose 351 victories were tops in the country last year. He had 43 wins and nearly $3.8 million in purse earnings from just 192 mounts during last winter’s Championship Meet, and is a leading candidate for his first Eclipse Award as top jockey, to be presented at Gulfstream Park Jan. 25.

“I love it. I love to be in the winner’s circle here in Florida and to come back right away with a win is just great,” Ortiz said. “I feel very good. To be honest with you the only day off I had was the day after surgery. After that I kept exercising. I couldn’t run right away so I did a lot of cycling and I got on a couple horses but not much, really. It was a very minor clean-up that I had, so I got very lucky.”

Ortiz was winless with his other two mounts Thursday, finishing second with Musical Heart in the fifth race.

Grade 3 Winners Hogy, Code Warrior Head New Year’s Day Stakes Noms

Michael Hui’s Hogy, winner of the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G3) Sept. 9 in his first start off the claim for trainer Mike Maker, heads 15 horses nominated to the $75,000 Janus Stakes for 4-year-olds and up on the grass.

The Janus is joined by another five-furlong turf sprint, the $75,000 Abundantia for fillies and mares 4 and older, on a special 11-race New Year’s Day program that begins at noon.

Hogy, an 8-year-old Offlee Wild gelding, was claimed for $80,000 out of a runner-up finish Aug. 3 at Saratoga. After winning the 6 ½-furlong Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint, he rallied to finish second in the 5 ½-furlong Woodford (G2) and was no factor in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) Nov. 4, his most recent start.

Also nominated are multiple stakes winner Extravagant Kid, exiting back-to-back fall turf stakes wins at Gulfstream; Rainbow Heir and Successful Native; and stakes winners Chestnut Johnny, Pool Winner and Sir Navigator.

Code Warrior, owned and trained by Mike DePaulo, is among 11 horses nominated to the Abundantia. The 4-year-old Florida-bred filly won the 6 ½-furlong Hendrie (G3) June 4 and last out was third in the Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3) Oct. 28, both over Woodbine’s synthetic main track. She was fourth in the Royal North (G3) July 29 in her only previous turf try.

Eddie Broome-owned and trained Brandy’s Girl, whose multiple turf stakes wins include the five-furlong Jupiter Beach Aug. 20 at Gulfstream is also nominated along with Girls Know Best, a winner of three straight, and 2016 Melody of Colors winner More Royalty.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $449,447 for Friday

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 15th consecutive program Thursday, growing the jackpot carryover to $449,447.88 for Friday’s 11-race program. First race post time is noon.

Cryogenic (8-1) was one of two horses live to take down the jackpot heading into the 10th-race finale and appeared on his way to victory in deep stretch before racing greenly and suddenly losing jockey Emisael Jaramillo approaching the wire.

Jaramillo was moving his extremities and taken from the track on a stretcher to Memorial Regional Hospital complaining of chest pain.

Tickets with five of six winners Thursday returned $1,935.52.

The Rainbow 6, which spans Races 6-11 Friday, was last hit for a $98,309.32 payoff Dec. 7, the fourth racing day of the 2017-18 Championship Meet.

The carryover 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.

There will also be a carryover of $12,011.19 in the $1 Super Hi-5 for Friday’s opener, a one-mile maiden claimer on the grass.

Who’s Hot: Jockey Nik Juarez posted a riding double aboard Nile Prince ($29) in the seventh race and Alaskan Prince ($13.20) in the ninth. Alaskan Prince was one of two winners on the day for owner Midwest Thoroughbreds and trainer Armando De La Cerda, along with Top of the Page ($14.60) in the fourth. De La Cerda also won the 10th with Revolving Son ($30.40).

Rainbow 6 Carryover: $449,447.88

Super Hi-5 Carryover: $12,011.19

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