Charge It Makes Long-Awaited Return in Sunday Feature

February 5, 2023

Charge It won the Dwyer by 23 lengths. (Dom Napolitano)

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $250,000 

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.  Whisper Hill Farm LLC’s Charge It is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to action in Sunday’s Race 8 feature, a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park. 

The 4-year-old son of Tapit has been away from the races since he rolled to a 23-length victory in the July 2 Dwyer at Belmont Park that left racing fans wanting to see much more of the abundantly talented colt.

The wait is over. Trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, Charge It is scheduled to meet six rivals in Sunday’s comeback in the $87,000 feature.

“He’s doing really well. He’s come back and trained the way you’d expect him to,” Pletcher said. “We’re happy to have him back and to get the season underway.

Charge It graduated by 8 ½ lengths at Gulfstream in his second career start last February before overcoming a starting gate issue to finish second behind White Abarrio in the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) in April. The Pletcher trainee finished off the board in the Kentucky Derby (G1), in which he encountered some road traffic, before rebounding with his spectacular showing in the Dwyer.

“It was frustrating because it was looking like he was putting it all together, but it was one of those things that he needed some time because he grabbed a quarter in the Dwyer and we just couldn’t get it healed up to continue racing and training,” Pletcher said. “Hopefully, the time off has done him well and he has a big year ahead of him.”

Luis Saez has the mount on Charge It.

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $250,000  

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $250,000 Sunday at Gulfstream Park. 

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved Saturday for the fourth racing day following last Sunday’s mandatory payout of an $828,941.81 carryover pool that generated a Rainbow 6 handle of $6,265,823.  

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.

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Hall off Fame trainer Todd Pletcher saddled three winners Saturday, scoring with King’s Fortune ($14.40) in Race 5, Tapit Trice ($4.60) in Race 8 and Major Dude ($4.80) in Race 9.

Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode a Gulfstream record-tying seven winners Friday, scored with King’s Fortune ($14.40) in Race 5 and Major Dude ($4.80) in Race 9.

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