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Deland Overpowers Foes in Friday’s $75,000 Mo Exception

Sep 7, 2018
Marathon Stakes Nov. 2 at Churchill Could be Next 
One of A Kind Main-Track Attraction in $75,000 The Vid
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Swells to $81,023
Stormy Embrace Preps for Breeder Cup in Saturday’s Sheer Drama

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Bigger challenges are ahead of Ricardo Vallejo’s Deland in the aftermath of his overpowering triumph in Friday’s $75,000 Mo Exception at Gulfstream Park.
The Marathon Stakes presented by TAA, a Grade 2 1 ¾-mile race formerly known as the Breeders’ Cup Marathon and scheduled to be run at Churchill Downs Nov. 2, is a target for the 6-year-old son of Gottcha Gold, who drew off to an eight-length triumph in the mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up.
“The horse at the moment is in best possible condition. The owner would like to run on Breeders’ Cup Day in the Marathon race,” trainer Victor Barboza Jr. said. “It’s my opinion that he wants to run longer races.”
Deland, who notched his second straight stakes victory in a one-turn mile stakes, is a Grade 1 winner at 1 ¼ miles in Puerto Rico.
Deland pressed the pace set by longshot The Best Candy along the backstretch and into the far turn before taking over on the turn into the stretch and drawing off to a powerful triumph under Emisael Jaramillo. He ran a mile over a sloppy track in 1:36.97 while winning his 12th race in 22 starts. Hy Riverside finished second, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Hy Kodiak Warrior.
In the $75,000 The Vid earlier on the program, One of a Kind ($5.60) captured his fourth victory in six starts since being claimed for $16,000, successfully transferring his sharp recent turf form to the sloppy main track in the 1 1/16-mile stakes originally scheduled to be run on grass.
Trained by David Kassen for Hickory Woods Farm, One of a Kind pressed the pace set by Diamond Bachelor into the far turn before assuming the lead on the turn into the homestretch. The 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid received an outside challenge by favored Local Hero, the main-track-only entrant ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, but. One of a Kind held resolutely through the stretch to prevail by a neck over the 4-5 favorite.
Jockey Nik Juarez, who had ridden One of a Kind to victory in his first start for Kassen March 30, reunited with the Florida-bred colt, who ran 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track in 1:45.25. Local Hero finished second, a half-length ahead of Diamond Bachelor.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Swells to $81,023 

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot at Gulfstream Park swelled to $81,023.97     Friday, when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the fifth straight racing day.

Multiple tickets with six winners Friday were each worth $511.52.

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.

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 8-12 with the $100,000 Sheer Drama carded as Race 11.

Matalona Thoroughbreds LLC’s Stormy Embrace is rated as the even-money favorite in the seven-furlong sprint for Florida-bred fillies and mares on the strength of her six-length score in the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2), a ‘Win and You’re In’ event on the June 30 Summit of Speed program. The Kathleen O’Connell-trained 4-year-old daughter of Circular Quay, who will seek her fourth straight victory Saturday, earned a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs Nov. 3.

O’Connell, who enters Saturday only two wins away from her 2000th career victory, is also scheduled to saddle Bella Vincenza for a start in the Sheer Drama, Owned by Pinnacle Racing Stable and Stein Racing, the 4-year-old daughter of Biondetti has won her last three races, including the Added Elegance in her last start.

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