Turf Stakes up Next for Peter D after Tapeta Victory

December 13, 2021

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $100,000

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After roaring off the pace to register his third straight dominating victory over Gulfstream Park’s Tapeta course Sunday, Peter D ($3) clearly is in line for a stakes start for his next out

With Tapeta not an option on the Championship Meet stakes schedule, owner/trainer Andry Blanco will opt for turf for the 3-year-old son of He’s Had Enough’s next start. The $100,000 Dania Beach, a mile stakes on turf on Jan. 1, or the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy (G3), a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes, on Feb. 5, are upcoming stakes restricted to 3-year-olds.

“I was going to wait for a stake, but this race came up. I put him in and used it as a breeze,” Blanco said. “Turf will be next for him.”
Sunday’s effort in Race 6, a mile-and-70-yard option claiming starter allowance for 2-year-olds, should set up the gray gelding nicely for his next race. Peter D rated off the pace and raced in traffic behind a tepid pace before making a five-wide sweep on the final turn and continuing on to register a measured-length victory.

“I have a lot of confidence in my horse. I thought he’d run the same race he did last time,” Blanco said. “I felt pretty comfortable with my horse.”
Peter D, who ran the mile and 70 yards in 1:43.21 under Leonel Reyes, has run once on turf, finishing fifth in the five-furlong Hollywood Beach Sept. 5 at Gulfstream after breaking his maiden for a $25,000 claiming price on dirt in his debut at Delaware Park. The Florida-bred gelding has certainly appreciated the stretch-out around two turns for his next two starts on Tapeta, in which he kicked away from his rivals in the stretch to win going away.

The 40-year-old Blanco arrived in the U.S. from Venezuela in 2003. He rode 49 winners from 381 mounts during a career that included a seven-year break between 2005 and 2013. He has been based in Ocala in recent years while pinhooking and breaking 2-year-olds.
Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $100,000

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $100,000 for Wednesday’s program at Gulfstream Park, two racing days after a jackpot of $407,067.66 was taken down by one lucky bettor Saturday.
Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will be headlined by a mile optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up, featuring the return of Liam, who is unraced since finishing third in the Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park in September 2020. The son of Liam’s Map, who sold for $450,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September sale, is scheduled to make his first start for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher.

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: Jockey Leonel Reyes doubled, scoring aboard Adios Dixie ($12.40) in Race 1 prior to his winning ride aboard Peter D in Race 6. Julien Leparoux also rode a pair of winners, Askew ($13) in Race 3 and Cool Quest ($6.20) in Race 7.

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