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Amelia’s Wild Ride Thrilling Winner of Friday Co-Feature

Jan 11, 2019
Total of 121 Horses Entered Saturday, 37 in Trio of Maiden Races
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $30,601
Saturday’s First-Race Post Time Set for 11:45 a.m.
Fan-Favorite Heart to Heart Returns in Tropical Turf (G3)
La Signare Program Favorite for Marshua’s River (G3)

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Broad Street Racing’s Amelia’s Wild Ride powered through the stretch with a steady run to nail High Hours on the wire and win Friday’s co-featured eighth race by a nose at Gulfstream Park.

Race 8 was the last of three $51,000 second-level optional claiming allowance events, all five-furlong turf sprints, on the 10-race program. Amelia’s Wild Ride ($6.80) was a narrow 2-1 favorite in the field of nine older horses.

Amelia’s Wild Ride, an 8-year-old gelding trained by Jane Cibelli, rated in fourth as Mineralogy set the pace before being passed by High Hours after a half-mile. High Hours cut the corner in front but jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. set Amelia’s Wild Ride down for a drive, needing the length of the stretch to win the head bob. The winning time was 55.86 seconds over a firm turf course.

It was the 13th win from 49 career starts for Amelia’s Wild Ride, who Cibelli claimed back for $20,000 last September at Monmouth Park. Cibelli also saddled Goodwood Racing V’s Super Spender, who finished fifth.

“He comes from off the pace, obviously, but he’s been training really good. I was a little disappointed in Super Spender because he had to go wide and really the two of them are very even, but, yeah, he’s a really cool horse,” Cibelli said. “I thought he got beat. It was so close. He’s been a nice horse for us.”

Gary Barber’s Eyeinthesky got her sophomore season off to a successful start in Race 2, snapping a five-race losing streak dating back to her debut victory last May.

Favored at even-money in a field of seven, Eyeinthesky ($4.20) settled along the rail in third for a quarter-mile before being steered outside by jockey Tyler Gaffalione for a sweeping move on the turn, powering past pacesetter Miss Auramet in mid-stretch to win by a length in 55.85 seconds.

Eyeinthesky, trained by Mark Casse, was beaten less than a length when third in the Astoria Stakes last June. After finishing off the board in three subsequent stakes tries, including the Schuylerville (G3) on dirt and Natalma (G1) on grass, she was third in a five-furlong turf sprint Dec. 15 at Gulfstream, her first start in three months.

“She broke real sharp,” Gaffalione said. “I was expecting [Jo Jo Air] to go but she didn’t get out of the gate too well, so I just let her be and she came back to me real nicely. She sat behind the leaders and when I asked her for run she really kicked on. I had plenty of horse and every time I asked her she kept responding, no problem, so I was pretty confident we’d get there.”

Michael Dubb’s Samara ($14.60) shot through an opening along the rail straightening for home and sprinted clear under jockey Nik Juarez to win Race 6 for older fillies and mares, covering five furlongs in 55.22 seconds. It was the second win in the past three starts for the 5-year-old mare, and third since being claimed by trainer Jason Servis for $40,000 last summer at Saratoga.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $30,601
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for a second straight day at Gulfstream Park Friday, producing a carryover jackpot of $30,601.79 for Saturday’s program 
Multiple tickets will all six winner were each worth $995.26.
The popular multi-race wager was hit for a $188,900.81 jackpot payoff Wednesday. After going unsolved for the first 12 programs of the 2018-2019 Championship Meet, there have been five jackpots paid out. The popular multi-race wager was solved Dec. 19 for a $580,349.19 jackpot, Dec. 27 for $288,350.74, Dec. 30 for $177,317.98 and Jan. 4 for $166,317 prior to Wednesday’s jackpot hit. 

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. 

First-race post time for Saturday’s 12-race program is set for 11:45 a.m.

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 7-12, including the $100,000 Tropical Turf (G3), a mile turf stakes for 4-year-olds and up, and the $150,000 Marshua’s River (G3) in Race 11, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for older fillies and mares.

Fan-favorite Heart to Heart, who captured the Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) last season, is rated as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the Tropical Turf. Trainer Brian Lynch is also slated to saddle 3-1 morning-line favorite La Signare, a graded stakes-winning French import, for a start in the Marshua’s River.

Total of 121 Horses Entered Saturday, 37 in Trio of Maiden Races

A total of 121 horses were entered, an average of 10.08 starters per race, on Saturday’s 12-race program that includes a pair of graded-stakes and a trio of $50,000 maiden special weight events for 3-year-olds.
Six races are scheduled for Gulfstream’s newly refurbished turf course, topped by the Tropical Turf (G3) in Race 9 and Marshua’s River (G3) in Race 11.

The three maiden special weight events drew a total of 37 entries, an average of 12.3 starters per race. Sixteen fillies were entered in Race 8 at one mile on the grass led by program favorite Hidden Facts. Lavish, a $320,000 yearling making her second career start, is favored at 9-5 on the morning line in Race 7, and Camgo is a narrow 3-1 choice in Race 10, both at six furlongs on the main track.

Rainbow 6 Carryover: $30,601.79

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