Remsen (G2) Winner Mo Donegal Headed to Feb. 5 Holy Bull (G3)
Mandatory Payout in 20-Cent Rainbow 6 Returns $100,823
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm’s Life Is Good, dominant winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) in his most recent start, continues to train forwardly toward his 4-year-old debut in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park.
The return of the Pegasus World Cup and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) and debut of the $500,000 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf (G3) headline a Pegasus Day program featuring seven graded-stakes worth $5.2 million in purses. All three Pegasus races are for older horses.
Life Is Good was among two dozen horses breezing for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher Saturday morning at Palm Beach Downs. The Into Mischief colt was clocked 1:00.41 for five furlongs, fifth-fastest of 11 horses.
“He’s a phenomenal workhorse. He’s a very talented, gifted animal that when you watch him breeze you kind of look at your stopwatch and it doesn’t look like what you’d expect to see when he’s doing it. He’s doing it so easily,” Pletcher said. “He continues to train very impressively. We’re three weeks out and we’re happy with where we are.”
Fellow Pegasus World Cup candidate Fearless worked a half-mile in 50.04 seconds Saturday. Repole Stable’s Fearless exits a four-length victory in the Harlan’s Holiday (G3) Dec. 18 at Gulfstream, where he also won the Gulfstream Park Mile (G2) last February.
Among the stakes on the Pegasus undercard is the $150,000 Fred W. Hooper (G3) for 4-year-olds and up going one mile on the main track.
“Fearless continues to train really well. Happy with him,” Pletcher said. “We haven’t decided. I talked to Mike Repole and right now we’re leaning toward the mile race that day on the undercard.”
Pegasus Turf candidates Colonel Liam and Never Surprised were also on Saturday’s work tab. Robert and Lawana Low’s Colonel Liam, the defending champion, went five furlongs in 1:00.46 while Never Surprised, winner of the Dec. 26 Tropical Turf at Gulfstream, had a half-mile move in 51.01 seconds.
The Lows also own Sweet Melania, who earned her third career graded-stakes triumph in the Dec. 18 Suwannee River (G3) Dec. 18 at Gulfstream and is being pointed to the Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf. The American Pharoah mare worked four furlongs in 50.32 seconds.
“Colonel Liam, very good breeze with him again this morning. We’re on a tight schedule, but everything has gone right so far and I think we’re approaching the race the way you’d hope. Never Surprised bounced out of the Tropical Derby very well, just a maintenance breeze this morning. Happy with him,” Pletcher said. “Sweet Melania, she was good this morning, too. So far, everything’s gone according to plan.”
Pletcher said Donegal Racing’s Mo Donegal, last out winner of the Dec. 4 Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct, will make his sophomore debut in the $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) Feb. 5, Gulfstream’s next stop for 3-year-olds on the road to the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) April 2.
Mo Donegal worked five furlongs in 1:00.46 Saturday at Palm Meadows, his third breeze since arriving in South Florida.
“Very good work, happy with him,” Pletcher said. “He’s right on schedule for the Holy Bull.”
Pletcher also provided an update on WinStar Farm and Siena Farm’s Emmanuel, a 3-year-old More Than Ready colt that debuted with a front-running 6 ¾-length triumph in a one-mile maiden special weight Dec. 11 at Gulfstream. He was scratched from a one-mile, 40-yard optional claiming allowance Friday at Tampa Bay Downs.
“He spiked a 102.5 temperature the morning after we entered,” Pletcher said. “It’s kind of frustrating. We were kind of hoping to get some two-turn experience at Tampa. He’s fine, he’s going back to the track tomorrow. Now we’ve just got to regroup and find out we’re going to come back.”
Mandatory Payout in 20-Cent Rainbow 6 Returns $100,823
A mandatory payout in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 returned $100,823.22 Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
A total of $1,260,473 was wagered into Saturday’s Rainbow 6. The mandatory payout came one day after the popular multi-race wager was solved for a life-changing $1.2 million jackpot.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 began in Race 6, won by Rally Squirrel ($7). Other winners in the sequence were Volcanic ($10.80) in Race 7, Clear Vision ($23.40) in the $100,000 Tropical Turf (G3), Thinkaboutit ($57.40) in Race 9, My Destiny ($10.80) in Race 10 and Tapthespeedofsound ($10.40) in Race 11.
The Rainbow 6 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.
However, on mandatory payout days the entire pool is paid out to the bettor or bettors with the most winners in the six-race sequence.
Who’s Hot: Championship Meet-leading rider Luis Saez registered three straight wins Saturday with Mouffy ($10.40) in Race 3, Iron Works ($4.40) in Race 4 and Dean’s List ($2.60) in Race 5. Edwin Gonzalez also tripled aboard Volcanic ($10.80) in Race 7, My Destiny ($10.80) in Race 10 and Tapthespeedofsound ($10.40) in Race 11. Julien Leparoux had back-to-back wins with Clear Vision ($23.40) in the $100,000 Tropical Turf (G3) and Thinkaboutit ($57.40) in Race 9. Iron Works and Dean’s List are trained by Todd Pletcher, while My Destiny and Tapthespeedofsound are trained by Mark Casse.
Rainbow 6 Gross Jackpot Pool Guarantee: $150,000
Super Hi-5 Carryover: $3,377.30
Gulfstream Park Press Release
Photo: Irad Ortiz, Jr. celebrates the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victory aboard Life Is Good. (Eric Kalet)