Noms for Florida Derby, 9 Stakes Close Sunday

March 20, 2022

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $300,000 

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. –  Nominations for the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) and nine other stakes to be run on the April 2 program at Gulfstream Park will close Sunday.

The 1 1/8-mile tradition-rich Florida Derby will be supported by five other graded stakes – $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2), a 1 1/16 mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies; $200,000 Pan American (G2), a 1 ½-mile turf stakes for older horses; $150,000 Orchid (G3), 1 ½-mile turf event for older fillies and mares; $100,000 Ghostzapper (G3), a 1 1/8-mile race for older horses; and $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Appleton (G3), a mile turf stakes for older horses.

The $100,000 Sand Springs, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for older fillies and mares; $100,000 Cutler Bay, a 1 1/16-mile turf event for 3-year-olds; $100,000 Sanibel Island, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies; and $100,000 Sir Shackleton, a seven-furlong sprint for older horses; will also be included on the Florida Derby Day card.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $300,000

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $300,000 Sunday at Gulfstream Park after going unsolved Saturday for the fourth racing day in a row since a lucky bettor hit the jackpot Sunday for a $342,836.75.

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 5-10, including a mile optional claiming allowance on turf for older fillies and mare that attracted a talent-deep field of 12. Christophe Clement-trained King’s Harlequin, a multiple group-placed 4-year-old filly, is slated to make her U.S. debut. Brendan Walsh-trained Havana Love, also a multiple group-placed 4-year-old in Europe, is scheduled to make her second U.S. start following an even fourth in her recent debut at Gulfstream.

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.

Who’s Hot: Jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr. and Luis Saez both won four races Saturday afternoon. Not only did Ortiz Jr. win the $100,000 Hutcheson aboard Provocateur, but he also won aboard Vive Bien ($2.60) in Race 4, Peace of Ekati ($3) in Race 7, and Bright Future ($10) in Race 9.

Saez won with Golden Isle ($5.60) in Race 2, Lucky Girasol ($5.80) in Race 3, Igloo ($3.60) in Race 8 and Fuerteventura ($6.20) in Race 12. 

Gulfstream Park Press Release

What a day for @jonathanstettin who had the Rainbow 6 twice! That’s why he’s the KING!

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