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Red Crescent Returns to Form in Gulfstream Feature

Dec 3, 2020
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $150,000 
            
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Equine Authority Inc.’s Red Crescent, a 6-year-old multiple-stakes winner, returned to winning form in Thursday’s featured optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park, edging highly promising 3-year-old West Will Power.
            
The John Vinson-trained son of Overdriven visited the winner’s circle for the first time in seven starts since capturing the Millions Classic Preview at Gulfstream Park West in November 2019. His eighth career victory came in Race 6 less than three weeks since a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Millions Classic Preview over a sloppy track.
            
“He usually runs good over there, but he didn’t like that sloppy track. This is the first time in a while that I’ve been able to run him right back,” Vinson said.
            
Red Crescent pressed a solid pace set by Mexican Wonder Boy, who set fractions of 23.81 and 46.15 seconds for the first half mile, but drifted 10-wide turning for home, giving West Will Power more than enough room to mount a stretch challenge after slipping off the rail. West Will Power, the even-money favorite who was racing for only the third time in his career after a pair of wins at Monmouth Park, took over the lead in mid-stretch under Joe Bravo, but Red Crescent was far from done, rallying on the far outside under Paco Lopez to win by a half-length.
            
“The horse always tries,” Vinson said. “Paco said he was drifting but he never stopped trying.”
            
Red Crescent, who ran a mile in 1:36.47, is likely to start next in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park Jan. 16.
            
Kelly Breen-trained West Will Power finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Everfast, the 2019 Preakness (G1) runner-up, who dropped back after stalking the pace but re-rallied along the inside.
            
Fresh off winning the Gulfstream Park West title, jockey Edgard Zayas notched a triple Thursday, scoring aboard Hartling ($7.20) in Race 4, Uncle Fun ($5.60) in Race 7 and Awsum Roar ($14) in Race 9.
    
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $150,000    
            
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $150,000 Friday at Gulfstream Park.
            
The popular multi-race wager went unsolved on the second day of racing for the 2020-2021 Championship Meet Thursday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $16,784.64. 

The jackpot pool 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.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span races 5-10, including the featured optional claiming allowance in Race 9, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up. Jane Cibelli-trained Flowmotion returns to his favorite turf course, where he has won five of 14 starts and finished in the money 10 times. Michael Maker-trained Jolting Joe, who finished second in the Showing Up at Gulfstream Park West against 3-year-olds last time out, steps in against older rivals Friday.

There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $4,391.56 heading into Friday’s card.
 

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