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Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Offers $300,000 Guaranteed Pool

Dec 6, 2019
11-Race Program Features $1.11 Million Claiming Crown
Special First-Race Post Time of 11:50 A.M.
Hall of Famer Prado Off to Fast Start at Championship Meet
Defending Champion Irad Ortiz Jr. Registers Four-Win Day

– The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will offer a guaranteed pool of $300,000 for its all-stakes sequence to cap Saturday’s $1.11 million Claiming Crown program at Gulfstream Park.

Post time for the first of 11 races is 11:50 a.m.

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 will begin in Race 6, the $110,000 Rapid Transit going seven furlongs on the main track. The popular multi-race wager continues with the $110,000 Canterbury in Race 7, $110,000 Iron Horse in Race 8, $125,000 Tiara in Race 9, featured $200,000 Jewel in Race 10 and $125,000 Emerald in Race 11.

Completing the Claiming Crown races are the $110,000 Express in Race 2, $110,000 Glass Slipper in Race 4 and $110,000 Distaff Dash in Race 5. The five-furlong Distaff Dash ad Canterbury, and 1 1/16-mile Tiara and Emerald are all contested on turf.

This marks the eighth straight year in South Florida and 21st overall for the Claiming Crown, created in 1999 to honor the blue-collar horses that are the foundation of the racing industry nationwide. Total handle for the Claiming Crown has surpassed $10 million each of the past five years, topped by a record $13.612 million in 2018.

Hall of Famer Prado Off to Fast Start at Championship Meet

Just in time for the winter meet, Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado is heating up.

The 52-year-old Prado won with his lone mount Friday at Gulfstream Park, guiding 19-1 long shot Fritzi ($41.20) to a one-length maiden special weight triumph in the 3-year-old Graham Motion-trained filly’s second career start.

It was the sixth victory from 14 mounts (43 percent) through the first six days of the 2019-2020 Championship Meet for Prado, putting him third in the early standings behind Emisael Jaramillo and Jairo Rendon. Prado has already banked $173,965 in purse earnings.

“It’s unbelievable. This business is crazy,” Prado said in the winner’s circle. “It goes up and down and I’ve been doing this for many years. I’m happy that we’ve had a beautiful start and hopefully it continues.”

Ninth all-time as one of only nine jockeys with 7,000 or more victories (7,039), trailing fellow Hall of Famer Angel Cordero Jr. by 18 wins, Prado went just 2-for-23 during last winter’s Championship Meet.

Gulfstream’s leading rider in both 2002 (82 wins) and 2005 (62), Prado arrived this winter with a new agent, Cliff Hopmans, handling his book.

“Cliff is working really hard. He knows a lot of people. He’s a straight-shooter,” Prado said. “He wants to win as much as I do and I think we’re working hard and we’re trying to accomplish something.”

Prado missed nearly two months earlier this year with a rib injury sustained in a last-race spill Aug. 16 at Gulfstream Park. He returned Oct. 11 during Gulfstream Park West’s Fall Turf Festival meet, where he won with two of 22 mounts.

“Unfortunately, sometimes when you’re not winning and your horses are running second and third, people suddenly think that you forgot how to ride,” Prado said. “But, it’s unbelievable how this business is and look at what’s happening now. I might as well enjoy the ride while it lasts.”

Who’s Hot: Defending champion Irad Ortiz Jr. registered four wins Friday aboard Barbadolla ($3.60) in Race 2, Carotari ($3.20) in Race 4, Miss Miami ($8.40) in Race 8 and Queen Nekia ($3.40) in Race 9.

Rainbow 6 Guarantee
: $300,000

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