$7M Turf Race Added. Pegasus Tickets Open Today

The Stronach Group, owners of the Pegasus World Cup, announced an exciting new element to what has become, in just two short years, one of the premier events on the Thoroughbred racing calendar. The Pegasus World Cup 2019, to be held on January 26, will be adding a Grade 1 turf stakes to this year’s race-day festivities.

The addition of the turf race, which will be run at 1 3/16 miles, aims to attract and showcase twelve of the best older turf horses from around the world turning the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational into a Championship Invitational Series. The total purse for the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will sit at $7 million with $3 million awarded to the winner. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, to be contested on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles, will offer a $9 million purse with a $4 million prize waiting for the winner of the twelve-horse field.

“The appetite for a turf race is strong and the decision to include a premier turf race is part of the ongoing evolution of the Pegasus World Cup,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. “We are excited to expand this event for both horse owners and fans, adding to what is already an incredible day of entertainment and world-class racing at Gulfstream Park.”

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Any horse owner who purchases a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be given preference to purchase a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The cost to secure an entry spot and enter a horse is $500,000 per race.

“As an international owner I am thrilled that the Pegasus World Cup will include a turf race,” said John Magnier, Founder, Coolmore. “Coolmore, like The Stronach Group, believes in growing our sport and there is no better way to do that than to provide a new platform to showcase the world’s best Thoroughbreds.”

pegasus world cup logoAs an added incentive and as part of the commitment to provide new, lucrative opportunities for horse owners, The Stronach Group will offer a $1 million bonus to the owner who wins both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
The Stronach Group will also introduce a new wager, the Pegasus Pick 24. The Pegasus Pick 24 will offer up the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, adding another layer to the race-day excitement. A whopping $5 million bonus awaits the lucky fan who hits on the Pegasus Pick 24.

Blending entertainment, innovation and Thoroughbred horse racing like no other event of its kind, the Pegasus World Cup has captured the attention of the racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world. Past winners include Arrogate, the Horse of the Year for 2017 and the top earning Thoroughbred of all time, and 2018 Horse of the Year, Gun Runner.

Tickets for the 2019 Pegasus World Cup will be available at www.pegasusworldcup.com starting today October 1.

Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in South Florida

Gulfstream Park grandstand copyright All Star Press 2012Gulfstream Park’s 2018 Spring meet set new standards for total and average handle despite six fewer days of racing.

Is Horse Racing Dead?  Not in South Florida or many other locations throughout the country.

Gulfstream’s total handle for the Spring was a record $334 million, up $22 million over 2017. Total handle on the Spring meet has climbed approximately $88 million since 2015.

Average daily handle topped $6 million ($6.312) for the first time since Gulfstream began running in the spring. This year’s average was up $1.012 million from 2017 and $2.1 million since 2015.

Highlights of the Spring Meet included victories by Stormy Embrace in the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2), a ‘Win & You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup race, X Y Jet winning the Smile Sprint, and a three-way tie for leading trainer between Todd Pletcher, Oscar Gonzalez and Victor Barboza Jr.

“We continue building and shaping Florida racing’s Spring and Summer meets,” said Bill Badgett, General Manager of Gulfstream Park. “We’re building a strong, year-round program with quality racing and full fields, and fans and horsemen are supporting our program. There is still more to do and much more to accomplish as we continue to combine racing with entertainment events.”

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“Off the Charts” Horses to Watch and Trip Notes – April 21, 2018

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VIOLENT WAVE (Race 5 at GP, 4/6/18) – 3yo daughter of Violence closed willingly and sneaky good to just miss 2nd in a race won by the favorite.  Trainer Kathy Ritvo never has her firsters cranked up to win in their debut (5% win rate) so this was a very noteworthy effort by the well-bred filly.  Displayed some talent in the mornings, as well.

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ELECTRIC  FOREST (Race 3 at KEE, 4/7/18) – well bred firster was bet down to 5/2.  She broke slowly from the outside post and raced wide on the backstretch.  That didn’t stop this daughter of Curlin from continuing on in the lane and running down a frontrunner who had a great trip.  Big future ahead.

ANALYZE IT (Race 9 at KEE, 4/6/18) – what a surprise.  Trainer Chad Brown has another superstar turf horse in the making.  This 3yo son of Point Of Entry made easy work of a very good Grade 3 stakes field in his comeback race.  He has now won all three career starts by open lengths.  Total beast.

WHEATFIELD (Race 8 at KEE, 4/6/18) – this six year old mare was well meant on the drop in class and shipping in from Fair Grounds.  Jockey Luis Saez didn’t anticipate the trouble this one would encounter down the lane.  She was badly shut off and lost all chance at the 1/8th pole.  Needs pace to close into but she can rebound in the right spot.  She’s best at 6 furlongs and against non-graded stakes or allowance company.

ALMITHMAAR (Race 7 at KEE, 4/6/18)  – gelded son of Tapit for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin ran a bang-up race second time out and appears to have a bright future for Shadwell Stables.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see this guy in stakes company in the future.

DANCELAND (Race 8 at KEE, 4/11/18) – sneaky terrible trip on this layoff returnee for trainer Shug McGaughey.  This daughter of Tapit had “run” but was never given a chance to get into the clear and unleash her finish.  A winner last summer at Saratoga, she ended up well beaten in an effort that can be easily excused.  Moves forward second start back.

LADY APPLE (Race 2 at KEE, 4/12/18) – 2yo daughter of star Curlin, out of a Clever Trick stakes placed mare, ran a winning race but was second best behind the well-meant Wesley Ward firster Dragic.  Great pedigree and solid barn.  Should be very tough in second career start, pretty much anywhere.

 

“Off the Charts” Horses to Watch and Trip Notes – April 12, 2018

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FERDINANDA (race 5 at GP, 3/31/18 FL Derby Day) – this daughter of Giant’s Causeway is a nose away from being three for three since trainer Barclay Tagg added Lasix.  Facing stakes company for the first time she flew home to just miss by a bob to the wire-to-wire winner who benefited from modest fractions.  This one will be tough next time out on the lawn.

STYLE ICON (race 7 at GP, 3/31/18) – trainer Graham Motion has a nice one in this Tampa shipper.  She was the only runner to close in this race and she encountered lots of trouble en route to her third place showing behind the Pletcher trainee.  The daughter of top turf sire Artie Schiller has finished well in both career races.

RHODE ISLAND (race 9 at GP, 3/31/18) – well meant second time starter on the grass for Shug McGaughey lost his best chance at the very start of this race.  He never gave up and continued on well.  This was only his second race and his first with blinkers on.  Half to four turf winners.

REP IPSA (race 10 at GP, 3/31/18) – despite her first race since October and facing a solid group in the G3 Honey Fox, this 5yo mare finished like a shot to just miss to the talented Lull, who took this field gate to wire.  Daughter of English Channel could be set for a strong year for Ian Wilkes.

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TRUE SAINT (Race 1 at KEE, 4/6/18) – the first race of the spring meet featured an impressive performance from this Bret Calhoun two year old.  The colt was steadied as they turned for home behind the even-money Wesley Ward frontrunner.  Lost nearly two lengths in momentum and then re-rallied to run that rival down in the late stages.  A lot of professionalism and talent from this baby.

Big Week on Tap for 2018 Florida Derby

Gulfstream Park paddockHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The $1 million Florida Derby (G1) has produced the winners of a remarkable 59 Triple Crown events, including three of the last five Kentucky Derby (G1) winners.

But before the 67th running of the Derby Saturday, March 31, Gulfstream Park will offer a week of events.

The week kicks off Monday, March 26 with the Fasig-Tipton Breeze Show at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday, April 1 with Easter Brunch in Ten Palms. Admission and parking is free at Gulfstream Park. First race post time will be 11:30 a.m. on Florida Derby Day, which features seven stakes races including five graded.

Breakfast at Gulfstream begins at 8 a.m.

There will also be a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6, which is currently over $4 million, and a guaranteed $750,000 pool for the Late Pick 4 and a guaranteed $500,000 pool for the Late Pick 5.

Gulfstream’s Derby Day program will also include the simulcast of Dubai World Cup Day. Doors to Silks open at 8 a.m.

There are several dining options at Gulfstream, including Ten Palms, Fountain Club, Frankey’s Sports Bar and a barbeque buffet in Sport of Kings.

The official drink of the Florida Derby, the Maker’s Mark Orange Orchid, will be available in a souvenir glass for $12. The Divas and Dudes Hat Contest, sponsored by Maker’s Mark, will take place in the walking ring after the call to post for the eighth race. The Ketel One Make Your Mule Station will be located in front of the winner’s circle featuring three flavors of Ketel One.

Havana Club Room will have specials at Corona Beach the entire day along with a live DJ, cigar rollers and Cuban and Latin food specials.

For dining reservations at Ten Palms call 954.457.6201. For more information go to GulfstreamPark.com.

Monday, March 26: Fasig-Tipton Breeze Show, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, March 28: $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby Draw, 11:30 a.m. Frankey’s Sports Bar

Wednesday, March 28: Fasig-Tipton Selected 2-Year-Old’s in Training Sale, 3 p.m. Walking Ring

Friday, March 30: Cocktails and Horse Tales, 6-8 p.m. Walking Ring

Saturday, March 31: Florida Derby Day. Gates open at 8 a.m.

Sunday, April 1: Easter Brunch, Ten Palms 12-5 p.m.

$4,462,794 Rainbow Six Carryover for Thursday in Miami

And Who’s Hot at Gulfstream Park

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot for Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park grew to $4,462,794 when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved Sunday for the 41st consecutive racing day.

A total of $729,696 was wagered into the Rainbow 6 Sunday, adding to a carryover of $4,287,715 from Saturday’s program. Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $358.76.

Pegasus statue at Gulfstream ParkThe Rainbow 6 was last hit Jan. 28, when the mandatory payout of a North American record $19.779 million pool produced multiple winning tickets worth $15,566.

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.

A mandatory Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover payout is scheduled for Florida Derby Day March 31, when there will also be a $750,000 pool guarantee for the Late Pick 4 and a $500,000 pool guarantee for the Late Pick 5.

 

Saez Hot at Gulfstream Park

Leading jockey Luis Saez rode three winners Sunday, giving him 125 victories for the Championship Meet. The defending titlist scored aboard Little Irishdancer ($3.60) in Race 1, Althera ($6) in Race 8 and Perfume Lady ($4.80) in Race 9 to put him seven wins behind Javier Castellano’s 2013-2014 Championship Meet Record of 132 with four programs remaining.

Irad Ortiz Jr. enjoyed his fifth straight multi-win day Sunday, winning aboard Living Valentina ($9) in Race 3, Just Talkin ($3) in Race 10 and Auldwood Lake ($6.20) in the 12th.

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Latin American Stakes Day at Gulfstream Park a Big Success

Clasico Internacional del Caribe a Big Hit

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Noisemakers, drum circles, fans singing anthems, wearing the colors of their countries and waving national flags.

The Clasico Internacional del Caribe, the premier Thoroughbred event in Latin America and the Caribbean, arrived for the first time in 50 years in North America Saturday and it was a hit at Gulfstream Park.

The highlight of the five-race Clasico came just before 5 p.m., when the 3-year-old filly Jala Jala from Mexico carried jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. to a nine-length victory over Panama’s Fray Angelico and the Clasico del Caribe presented by Fasig-Tipton.

Horses participating in the Clasico Internacional del Caribe were from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Pegasus statue at Gulfstream ParkGulfstream was shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the day as on-track handle soared to $1.4 million compared to $947,000 over the corresponding Saturday last year. Total handle was $8.8 million, compared to $9.4 million the previous year. Total handle on the five Clasico races last year at Camarero was approximately $1 million, according to Camarero’s President and Principle Owner Ervin Rodriguez.

“We were honored to host such an incredible event,” said Tim Ritvo, President of Gulfstream Park and COO of The Stronach Group. “This truly was the brainchild of our founder and honorary chairman Mr. Frank Stronach. This has been two years in the making. [The Stronach Group’s President and Executive Board Member] Mike Rogers and myself traveled to Panama and Puerto Rico the last couple years in hopes of bringing the Clasico Internacional del Caribe to North America and Gulfstream Park, and the response was incredible. We hope to continue building on our partnership with the fans and horsemen from Latin America and the Caribbean and we thank them for participating.”

Gulfstream has been great, everything has been great,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve been very pleased with the entire organization at Gulfstream. Gulfstream has taken care of everyone. They have been wonderful.”

Gulfstream Park NHC/Pegasus Contest has Latin American Flaire

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Gulfstream Park announced the first Clasico del Caribe Betting Challenge Saturday, Dec. 9 which could offer up to four Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship seats and two National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) seats.

To be held in Gulfstream’s Sport of Kings, the live-money Clasico del Caribe Betting Challenge will have a buy-in of $2,000 ($1,500 bankroll, $500 prize pool). Players must wager a minimum of $250 on at least six races at Gulfstream Park and Laurel Park. Two of the six must include the Clasico del Caribe plus an additional stakes race at Gulfstream Park of the player’s choosing. There will be no maximum. There will be win, place, show, exacta or trifecta wagers only. Players must bet their entire $1,500 bankroll over the course of the contest.

Prizes, based on 100 entries, will be four Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship seats and two NHC seats.

Players can qualify at HorseTourneys.com. For more information, contact Nancy Berry at nancy.berry@gulfstreampark.com.

$.20 Base Wager Results in Monster $436,076.38 Payoff

Gulfstream Park paddockThe 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot was hit for a $436,076.38 payoff Thursday at Gulfstream Park.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for 15 consecutive programs before the only ticket with the winning combination of 1-2-1-7-5-7 broke the jackpot. The winning ticket, played through an off-track betting facility in Lewiston, Maine, was one of a large number of 20-cent tickets played by a single bettor.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket sold, 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.

Five horses were eligible in the 10th race to take down the jackpot, including the No. 2 Little John W., No. 3 Rizwan, No. 4 Forall the Marbles, No. 7 Parmel Landing and No. 9 Zipi Zape. Parmel Landing ($10) rallied from off the pace to prevail in the final leg of the Rainbow 6 to round out the winning combination.

The Rainbow 6 will start anew on Friday’s 2:15 p.m. twilight program. The six-race sequence will span Races 4-9.