Choose Joy Rallies for Victory in Golden Beach
May 2, 2021
$500,000 Rainbow 6 Guaranteed Pool Thursday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Choose Joy, a 4-year-old filly owned and trained by Steve Dwoskin, rallied down the stretch to win Sunday’s $60,000 Golden Beach Handicap.
Choose Joy, a daughter of Munnings, covered a firm, five-furlong turf course in :55.34 under jockey Miguel Vasquez. Lagertha was second while favored Miss Auramet finished third.
Coming into the Golden Beach off a fourth-place finish March 6 in the Captiva Island, a race moved off the turf and contested over a sloppy track, Choose Joy has now won four of nine starts and nearly $120,000.
Vasquez rated Choose Joy off the pace while favorite Miss Auramet and jockey Paco Lopez shot to the front. But Miss Auramet was challenged through a :21.21 opening quarter by Bernie’s Mistress and then around the turn and down the stretch by Ms Meshak. After a :43.57 half, Miss Auramet couldn’t hold off a closing Choose Joy.
The Golden Beach was the third stakes race to be run at Gulfstream over the weekend.
On Saturday, Con Lima won the $75,000 Honey Ryder by four lengths under jockey Paco Lopez. Fourth in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and placed first through disqualification in the Herecomesthebride (G3), Con Lima, trained by Todd Pletcher, covered a 1 1/16-mile turf course in 1:40.57.
A 3-year-old filly by Commissioner bred in Texas, Con Lima has finished first or second in nine of 10 career starts and has won on turf and dirt.
The $75,0000 Big Drama at seven furlongs lost half of its eight starters to scratches Saturday and resulted in a 4 ½ length victory for Kathleen O’Connell’s Well Defined. The 5-year-old gelded son of With Distinction has earned more than $600,000. Well Defined, who covered the distance in 1:22.30 under jockey Emisael Jaramillo, won the 2019 Sam F. Davis (G3).
Thursday’s Rainbow 6 Guaranteed at $500,000
Gulfstream Park’s return to live racing Thursday will include a Rainbow 6 jackpot with a guaranteed pool of 500,000.
There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover going into Thursday’s first race of $12,010.22.
First race post for Thursday’s eight-race program is 12:50 p.m.
The Rainbow 6 went unsolved Sunday for the ninth consecutive day since an April 17 mandatory payout. Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $13,964.54.
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.