GULFSTREAM TODAY - 2.8.19
Feb 8, 2019
North American Record Holder Pay Any Price Wins 9-Year-Old Debut
Rainbow 6 Carryover at $1.5 Million for Mandatory Payout Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Averill Racing and Matties Racing’s Pay Any Price, the North American record holder for five furlongs on the turf,got his 9-year-old season off to a successful start with a front-running victory Friday at Gulfstream Park.
Ridden by Championship Meet leader Luis Saez for trainer Georgina Baxter, Pay Any Price ($2.60) was favored at 1-5 against five rivals in the $31,000 starter optional claimer for 4-year-olds and up. The final time was 55.11 seconds over a firm course, well off his record time of 53.61 set winning Gulfstream’s 2017 Silks Run.
“He’s so special to our barn and special to everyone, really. I have to thank Richard and Mr. Matties for letting me train him,” Baxter said. “It’s his first run of the year, so it’s good to see him in the winner’s circle. I always get nervous when he runs. You never know quite what he’s going to do.”
Don’t Be So Salty, left as the primary pace threat for Pay Any Price following the early scratch of Gran Malbec, broke in a tangle from the gate allowing Pay Any Price to establish the tempo, unhurried through a quarter-mile in 21.93 seconds with only mild pressure from 17-1 long shot Royal Squeeze.
Pay Any Price went a half-mile in 43.77 and straightened for home still in command, opened up on the field in the stretch and was geared down approaching the wire by Saez as Bushrod came running late to pass Royal Squeeze for second.
It was the 16th win from 26 career starts, and 13th of 18 at Gulfstream, for Pay Any Price, who was entered in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) last fall but left on the also-eligible list. He missed a start in the Turf Dash at Tampa when he broke through the gate, then dueled with Turf Dash winner Vision Perfect before tiring to third in the Janus Stakes Dec. 29 at Gulfstream, his first start in 3 1/2 months. He was entered again in the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Jan. 26, but was removed when the race was rained off the grass.
“He didn’t make the Breeders’ Cup, so we sent him to Tampa and he burst through the gate so we had to scratch. Then he needed the race when he got in a ding-dong battle up front last time. We were going to run him on Pegasus Day and it came off the grass so we didn’t want to risk him. The owners found a great spot for him here.”
Baxter said the $75,000 Silks Run March 9 at Gulfstream would be the next target for Pay Any Price. His win was the second of the day for his trainer, who also sent out R Next Roll ($7.60) in Race 3.
“Luis said he was galloping along, he didn’t even let him run,” she said. “That was just a prep race. I think he’s going to go in the Silks Run. We needed a confidence booster, for both the horse and me.”
Rainbow 6 Carryover at $1.xx Million for Mandatory Payout Saturday
There will be a carryover jackpot of $1,509,922.48 heading into Saturday’s mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6, after the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 23rd consecutive racing day Friday at Gulfstream Park.
The entire pool, including the carryover jackpot, could approach $10 million Saturday and will be paid out to all those holding tickets with the most winners, offering the potential for a truly life-changing payoff.
The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 7-12 on Saturday’s card and will feature the $100,000 El Prado Stakes in Race 11. Turf Stable, LLC’s Mr. Cub and Three Diamonds Farm’s Hembree headline the 13-horse field for the 7 1/2-furlong turf sprint for older horses.
The Ian Wilkes-trained Mr. Cub fell just a half-length short of holding off Bricks and Mortar in a Dec. 22 optional claiming allowance race prior to the Chad Brown trainee’s triumph in the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Jan. 26.Mike Maker-trained Hembree captured the Nearctic (G2) at Woodbine three starts back.
The El Prado will be preceded on Saturday’s card by a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds in Race 10. Sagamore Farm, LLC and WinStar Farm, LLC’s Global Campaign, a most impressive debut winner at Gulfstream Jan. 5, is set to return to action. The son of Curlin captured a seven-furlong maiden race by a going-away 5 3/4 lengths while wrapped up by jockey Luis Saez.
Stronach Stables’ Awesome D J, who won his Dec. 7 debut by nearly six lengths at Laurel, is set to make his first start for trainer James Jerkens in Saturday’s Race 10.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence, which will be kicked in Race 7 with a maiden claiming event with a 14-horse field, will also feature and optional claiming allowance at a mile on turf in Race 8 and a pair of maiden special weight races at one mile on turf in Races 9 and 12.
A total of $403,175 was bet into Friday’s Rainbow 6, which began with a carryover of $1,413,193 from Thursday’s card. Multiple tickets with all six winners Friday were each worth $7,782.78.
Since the 2018-19 Championship Meet kicked off Dec. 1, the Rainbow 6 has been hit five times, most recently for a $188,900.81 payout Jan. 9.
Who’s Hot: The Championship Meet’s top two riders each added a pair of winners to their totals Friday. Two-time defending champ and current leader Luis Saez was first with Pay Any Price ($2.60) in Race 8 and Benefactor ($11.20) in Race 11, while Irad Ortiz Jr. scored on Tuesday’s Rose ($3.60) in Race 2 and Mybigitalianfriend ($2.80) in Race 6.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $1,509,922.48