(Tyler Gaffalione / Coady Photo)
From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione bagged four winners Wednesday at Gulfstream Park in his first day back after sitting out last weekend’s races after testing positive for Covid-19.
“My valet tested positive early last week,” Gaffalione said. “Instead of putting anyone at risk, I went ahead and took a test at home and sat out the necessary days. Unfortunately I missed out on a few winners, but we’ve all got to do our part.”
The Davie, Fla. native and 2015 Eclipse Award winner as champion apprentice, who said he experienced only mild symptoms, captured Wednesday’s opener on Slam Dunk Racing’s Banker’s Hours ($5.60), a mount he picked up from Irad Ortiz Jr., who has been out with a right knee injury.
Represented by agent Matt Muzikar, Gaffalione won Race 4 with Robert Cummings and Donna Cummings’ 4-year-old filly Jazzy T ($8), and followed up in Race 8 aboard Pocket Aces Racing’s 4-year-old gelding Critical Threat ($8.60) and Race 9 with Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Chacalosa ($6.20).
“My agent does a great job. He always puts me on live horses, I’ve just got to come out here and get it done,” Gaffalione said. “They’re running well today and I’m enjoying myself. I’m glad to get back to work.”
Gaffalione had not ridden since finishing third with Philzano in the 10th race finale Jan. 6. He ranks third in the Championship Meet standings with 27 wins, trailing Luis Saez (49) and Paco Lopez (30).
“It feels great. I was starting to run circles in my house with just not much to do,” Gaffalione said. “I’m really happy to be back.”
Thursday’s Rainbow 6 Gross Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $150,000
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $150,000 for Thursday’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park.
Magna Colors, sent off at 70-1, was the lone horse live to take down the jackpot heading into Wednesday’s finale, won by 3-5 favorite My Sunny Valentine ($3.20). Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $561.54.
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.
Thursday’s Rainbow 6 spans Races 5-10. Race 6 is a one-mile optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 4 and up led by 5-2 program favorite Fire On Time. The 4-year-old daughter of Not This Time was a half-length winner over elders last out Nov. 28 and is two-for-three lifetime.
Race 8 is an optional claiming allowance for 4-year-olds and up, also at a mile, that drew a field of nine including a pair from Championship Meet-leading trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. Steven Friedfertig’s Tapit to the Wire was a three-length debut winner Oct. 29 at Gulfstream, beating older horses, while Frank Calabrese-owned stablemate Disc Jockey is entered to make his first start since finishing second in Gulfstream’s American Fabius Feb. 17, 2020.
Bobby Flay’s Mezcal will be a short price in Race 9, an optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 4 and up scheduled for 1 ½ miles on the grass. The Pioneerof the Nile filly broke her maiden going 1 ¼ miles over the Belmont Park turf in mid-October and was second as the favorite in a 1 3/16-mile grass allowance Nov. 26 at Aqueduct for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher.
Who’s Hot: In addition to Tyler Gaffalione’s four-win afternoon, jockey Rafael Hernandez rode two winners Wednesday aboard Diligent ($18.20) in Race 5 and Yes I’m a Beast ($5.80) in Race 7. Championship Meet leader Luis Saez also doubled with Reinagol ($12) in Race 6 and My Sunny Valentine ($3.20) in Race 10.
Rainbow 6 Gross Jackpot Pool Guarantee: $150,000