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Joseph Eyes ‘Big’ Things in Ocala Stud Juvenile Sprint

Oct 28, 2021
Sharp Debut Winner to Clash with Firenze Fire’s Full Brother
Casse-Trained Duo Tops Co-Featured Brethren Juvenile Fillies   
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $200,000     

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Red Oak Stable’s Make It Big, who made a big splash in her debut, will try to make it 2-for-2 in Saturday’s $60,000 Ocala Stud Juvenile Sprint at Gulfstream Park while taking on the full brother to multi-millionaire Firenze Fire.

The Ocala Stud Juvenile, a seven-furlong stakes for Florida-bred 2-year-olds, will co-headline Saturday’s program with the $60,000 Brethren Juvenile Fillies, a mile-and-70-yard stakes for Florida-bred freshman fillies on Tapeta.

Make It Big rushed up along the rail to set the pace of his Oct. 9 debut, shook off two challenges on the turn into the stretch and drew off to score by 8 ½ lengths. Although the son of Neolithic was sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, the $120,000 OBS April purchase was still somewhat of a surprise to his trainer in the seven-furlong maiden special weight race.

“The debut was even more than we expected,” Saffie Joseph Jr. said. “I thought he would be behind in his debut but he actually showed a lot of speed, so I was quite happy with that.”

Make It Big breezed a half-mile in 48 seconds, the seventh fastest of 109 workouts at the distance Oct. 24, in preparation for his stakes debut.

“He’s trained good since. He breezed once and it was a good work,” Joseph said. “It’s a tougher class, but I think he goes into the race with a good chance again.”

Make It Big, who will be ridden back by Edgard Zayas, will concede experience to five rivals, including Mr. Amore Stable’s Just Leo, Firenze Fire’s little brother. While Firenze Fire, a Grade 1 stakes-winning earner of $2.7 career will make his final career start Nov. 6 at Del Mar in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) before starting his career at stud in Japan, Just Leo will attempt to win his third straight race in the Ocala Stud Juvenile.

The homebred son of Poseidon’s Warrior made his debut at Monmouth Park July 11 in a $25,000 claiming race, in which he showed speed before weakening to fourth. The Kelly Breen-trained colt bounced right back two weeks later to graduate by 11 ½ lengths at the same level before drawing away to a 5 ¾-length victory in a 5 ½-furlong starter allowance Sept. 19 at Monmouth.

Edwin Gonzalez is scheduled to ride Just Leo for the first time.

Lea Farms LLC’s Lightening Larry enters the Ocala Stud Juvenile Sprint off an optional claiming allowance in open company after making his first three starts against state-breds. The Jeff Engler-trained son of Uncaptured graduated in his second start before finishing off the board in the $200,000 Florida Sire Stakes Affirmed won by Octane, whom he had beaten while breaking his maiden.  Lightening Larry, who rebounded nicely from his subpar performance in the Affirmed last time out, will be ridden by Romero Maragh.

Al Rashid Stables LLC’s Spuntacular, a half-brother to multiple graded-stakes winner Thousand Words, enters Saturday’s stakes debut off an eight-length maiden-breaking victory in his third career start.

Hall of Famer Edgar Prado has the return call the Juan Carlos Avila-trained son of Hard spun.

Arindel’s Clapton and John Shaw’s The Green Crusader round out the field.

Mark Casse-trained Lemieux and Fish Moon top a field of seven Florida-bred fillies for the co-featured Brethren Juvenile Fillies.

D J Stables LLC’s Lemieux, who set the pace before tiring in the Sept. 18 Pocahontas (G3) in her two-turn debut at Churchill Downs, is scheduled to make her all-weather debut Saturday. The daughter of Nyquist had previously broken her maiden Aug. 18 at Saratoga.

Quintessential Racing Florida LLC’s Fish Mooney is coming off a three-length victory over Gulfstream’s Tapeta surface in a $35,000 maiden claiming race at 1 1/16 miles.

Edwin Gonzalez has the mount aboard Lemieux, while Emisael Jaramillo is scheduled to ride Fish Mooney for the first time.

Dorothy Raffa’s Yes I’m Spiteful, Rice Racing’s Runaway Breeze, Big Bang Racing’s Science Friction, Rancho Alegre’s Brittiz, and Golden Kernel Racing Stable’s Straight to Go round out the field.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $200,000                        

Friday’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $200,000 at Gulfstream Park, where the popular multi-race wager went unsolved Thursday for the ninth racing day following a $461,035.47 jackpot payoff Oct. 9.

The Rainbow 6 jackpot is 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 4-9, including a well-balanced five-furlong starter allowance on Tapeta in Race 8. Gilberto Zerpa-trained Henry’s World, who has been a specialist at five-furlongs on turf, is scheduled to make his Tapeta debut as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

Zerpa saddled promising Trikitraki for a 3 ¾-length victory in Thursday’s Race 7 feature, an about 5 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance for 2-year-old fillies on Tapeta. The daughter of Maclean’s Music, who had won her debut by 3 ½ lengths on dirt, remained undefeated in two career starts after stalking the early pace and drawing clear in the stretch under Emisael Jaramillo.  

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