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Gladiator King Fights off Foe in Saturday’s Roar Stakes

Apr 20, 2019
A Bit of Both Wins Third Consecutive Race in Game Face
Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $377,788

 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Thoroughbred Champions Training Center’s Gladiator King fought off a late stretch bid by favored Garter and Tie to prevail by a nose in Saturday’s $75,000 Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
 
The Roar, a seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds, co-headlined Saturday’s 12-race program with the $75,000 Game Face, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies.
 
Sent to post at 5-1 odds despite holding the distinction of being the only graded-stakes winner in the six-horse field, Gladiator King quickly assumed the lead along the backstretch, pressed by Bronzed, the 9-5 second choice. Gladiator King set half-mile fractions of 22.71 and 45.59 seconds under Leonel Reyes while showing the way into the stretch. After shaking off the challenge of Bronzed, the son of Curlin opened up a clear lead in the stretch before Garter and Tie, who trailed the field on the backstretch, made a last-ditch bid for victory. Gladiator King fought on to win the bob of heads at the wire to follow up a victory in the March 23 Hutcheson (G3) with a hard-fought win in the Roar.
 
Garter and Tie, the 8-5 favorite who finished off the board in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) March 30, finished well clear of distant third-place finisher Café Du Monde and jockey Luca Panici.
 
A Bit of Both Wins Third Consecutive Race in Game Face

A Bit of Both, purchased privately in part by Bethleham Stables, Madaket Stables and Michael Dubb after winning her debut by 11 ¾ lengths in a $50,000 maiden claimer last September, took the lead shortly after the break and drew off down the stretch to win the $75,000 Game Face by three lengths over Karama. Getting Warmer was third.

Trained by Jason Servis and ridden by Paco Lopez, A Bit of Both, a 3-year-old daughter of Paynter, has won three consecutive starts by a combined 16 lengths.  A Bit of Both returned $3.40.

Warrior Princess and Brunette Princess were both scratched.

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $377,788
 
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot went unsolved for the 12thconsecutive racing program at Gulfstream Park Saturday, leaving a carryover jackpot of $377,788.38 for Sunday’s program.
 
Multiple tickets with all six winners Saturday were each worth $13,964.12.
 
A total of $224,456 was wagered on the popular multi-race wager Saturday, when a pool of $323,926 was carried over from Friday’s card.
 
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.




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