Queen Arella Provides Sire Speightster with First Winner
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – J Stables LLC’s Queen Arella overcame early trouble to score impressively at Gulfstream Park Friday, providing sire Speightster with his first winner from his first crop.
The New York-bred filly won by four lengths in the $65,000 five-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies carded as Race 2.
Queen Arella ($18.80) had to be checked sharply in early traffic by jockey Miguel Vasquez, but the WinStar Farm-bred filly recovered to make an extended wide run around the turn, pick up the leaders in mid-stretch and draw away while being eased up late. She ran five furlongs in 59.54 seconds.
Trained by Rodrick Rodriguez, Queen Arella was purchased for $1,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale. She is out of Unbridled Sonya, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song whom Rodriguez once trained.
Speightster, a son of Speightstown who stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY, began his racing career brilliantly, winning his first three starts, including the 2015 Dwyer (G3) at Belmont, before his career was cut short following an off-the-board finish in the Churchill Downs (G2) in his fourth start.
Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at 1.8 Million Dollars
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $1.8 million Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 13th consecutive racing day Saturday, when multiple ticket with all six winners were each worth $140,821.14. The huge payoff came when Sunsation ($112.20) won the 10th race and Atakan ($105.60) won the 11th race and final leg of the sequence.
The 11th race payoff also results in a Super Hi 5 carryover Sunday of $24,651.56.
The Rainbow 6 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.
Sunday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 7-11, including the featured six-furlong optional claiming allowance carded as Race 8. Multiple stakes-winners Royal Squeeze and First Deal are prominent contenders in the field of six older horses.
Spring Meet Stakes Action Gears Up Next Weekend
The Spring Meet stakes action at Gulfstream Park gears up next weekend with four stakes scheduled.
The $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up; the $100,000 Ginger Punch, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Florida-bred fillies and mares; and the $75,000 Game Face, a 6 ½-furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies, will be run next Saturday. The $60,000 Treasure Coast, a 1 1/8-mile overnight stakes on turf for fillies and mares, will be featured next Sunday.
Gulfstream Park Press Release
Photo: Queen Arella’s maiden win at Gulfstream on May 29. Credit: Coglianese Photos/Ryan Thompson