Harry’s Ontheloose Moves to Tapeta for Oakland Park Handicap
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fresh off adding Gulfstream Park’s Spring/Summer Meet to his extensive collection of South Florida riding titles, Edgard Zayas will branch out to Keeneland and Remington Park for stakes engagements during the next week.
“We have some horses lined up for the next month, so we’ll be traveling,” he said Friday afternoon before riding Mister Luigi to victory in the featured optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream.
The 28-year-old jockey, who has ridden a vast majority of his 1881 winners in South Florida, is scheduled to ride at Keeneland Sunday and Wednesday and at Remington Park next Friday night.
Zayas has been named to ride Robbie Medina-trained duo of Play Action Pass in $200,000 Bourbon (G2) and a debuting Spartina in a maiden special weight race for juvenile fillies Sunday. Zayas rode Play Action Pass to a third-place finish the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile Sept. 6.
“I picked up that mount from Corey (Lanerie) because he had a spill a few days before. I didn’t know the horse, and the horse ran a huge race,” Zayas said. “Coming off breaking his maiden – I didn’t know him, and he got pressured and went pretty quick – hopefully he can get a better trip this time. I think he should be better for this race.”
Zayas is also slated to ride Spartina, a daughter of Ghostzapper earlier on Sunday’s card.
The native of Puerto Rico, who was taken under Hall of Fame legend Angel Cordero’s wing shortly after arriving at Gulfstream Park in 2012, is named to ride Roderick Rodriguez-trained Opalina, whom he rode to an eye-catching 12-length maiden victory at Gulfstream in her most recent start, in Wednesday’s $200,000 Jessamine (G2), a mile turf stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
“I love Opalina. She’s a great filly. She’s not too big, but she has a lot of ability. I saw a couple of fillies that might be tough in that race, but I think she’s super, super solid,” said Zayas, who is also scheduled to ride Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Lady Clementine in a maiden claiming race earlier on Wednesday’s Keeneland card. “I think she’s going to run a great race.”
Zayas returns to action at Gulfstream Thursday before heading to Remington Park to ride in a pair of stakes for Oklahoma-breds, including Antonio Sano-trained Freccia d’Argento in the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Lassie for 2-year-old fillies. Freccia d’Argento is coming off a victory in a $50,000 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream. Zayas is also named on Karl Broberg-trained Graygirlgo in the $145,000 Oklahoma Classics Distaff.
“We’re waiting on them. Hopefully, we can stay on her,” Zayas said. “They still don’t know if she is going to go to the Breeders’ Cup, but hopefully, we get to go if she is.”
Zayas guided the Bill Mott-trained daughter of Valiant Minister to a 13 ½-length romp in the $200,000 FSS Susan’s Girl and a 9 ¼-length score in the $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl at Gulfstream.
Jockey Edwin Gonzalez will also travel to Keeneland to ride Mark Casse-trained Credibility in Sunday’s Bourbon. Credibility, a son of Nyquist, debuted with a victory in a mile maiden special weight race on turf at Gulfstream Aug. 21, before finishing fourth in the off-the-turf Armed Forces Stakes.
Patrick Biancone-trained Diamond Wow, who was scratched from Friday’s Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland, has been entered to run in Wednesday’s Jessamine. The daughter of Lookin At Lucky is 2-for-2, having broken her maiden in a five-furlong turf race before capturing the seven-furlong off-the-turf Our Dear Peggy Stakes at Gulfstream.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $500,000
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $500,000 Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where the popular multi-race wager went unsolved Friday for the 16th racing day since a Sept. 10 mandatory payout produced multiple payoffs of $313,299.84
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.
The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 5-10 Saturday, featuring the $60,000 Oakland Park in Race 8. Elizabeth Dobles-trained Harry’s Ontheloose, the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the 5 ½-furlong overnight handicap on turf, will make his Tapeta debut while carrying highweight of 124 pounds.
Claimed for $35,000 out of a winning performance in April by Imaginary Stables, the five-furlong turf specialist will seek to follow up on a pair of back-to-back victories in the North Miami Beach Handicap and a starter allowance. Leonel Reyes has the return mount aboard the 5-year-old son of Uncaptured in the Race 8 feature.
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Photo: Edgard Zayas ( Gulfstream Park Photo)