HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – De Luca and Sons Stable’s Boerne romped to her third straight open-lengths victory in Sunday’s feature race at Gulfstream Park, capping off trainer Juan Carlos Avila’s big weekend.
A day after Avila-trained and Gulfstream-based King Guillermo followed up his Tampa Bay Derby (G1) victory with a solid second-place finish behind heavily favored Nadal in a division of the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn, Boerne notched a 4 ¼-length victory in Race 9, a 6 ½-furlong allowance for 3-year-old fillies.
Boerne ($4.60) broke quickly from the gate to open up a clear lead on the backstretch under a motionless Edgard Zayas and continued on to notch a dominating score, running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.20 after posting uncontested fractions of 22.86 and 45.66 for the first half-mile.
“She does everything so easy. She breaks out of the gate fast and as soon as she takes the lead, she relaxes really good,” Zayas said. “I know she has more in the tank.”
The Texas-bred daughter of Fed Biz out of Seeking the Gold mare Seeking the Jewel, was purchased for $10,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall yearling sale, She debuted with a troubled off-the-board finish at Gulfstream Park West in November prior to romping in her next three at Gulfstream. She broke her maiden March 15 by 3 ½ lengths before capturing an April 11 optional claiming allowance by 7 ¼ lengths and winning her third straight Sunday.
“She’s a fun Texas-bred filly. She’s pretty fast and handles things really good. So far, she’s done everything we’ve asked her,” said Zayas, who rode three winners Sunday. “I think she has more in the tank. I’m very excited to see her future.”
Zayas came back to capture the Race 11 allowance for fillies and mares aboard trainer Gustavo Delgado’s Cory Gal ($7). The 4-year-old daughter of Corfu collected her third-straight win after pressing the pace and drawing clear through the stretch to win by 2 ½ lengths, running six furlongs in 1:11.06.
Zayas also scored aboard Competitive Saint ($14.60), a George Weaver-trained debut winners in Race 4.
Ortiz Jr. Rolls with Five-Winners Weekend
Irad Ortiz Jr. continued his hot streak at Gulfstream Park while riding three winners on Sunday’s program.
The reigning two-time Championship Meet titlist pushed his win total to 15 since returning from a hiatus on April 25 with his fifth multi-win day. Ortiz, who scored a pair of stakes victories aboard Network Effect in the $100,000 Big Drama and Gufo in the $75,000 English Channel during a three-win Saturday, came back Sunday to score aboard Etana ($2.40) in Race 1, Candy Crushem ($3.20) in Race 2, Tournesol ($10) in Race 6.
Thursday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at 1.75 Million Dollars
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $1.75 million Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the fifth racing eight straight racing day since an April 19 mandatory payout April 19. Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $15,693.30 Sunday.
The Rainbow 6 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.
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Photo: Boerne wins Sunday’s feature race at Gulfstream Park. Credit: Ryan Thompson