(Justify / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
Leading up to the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) on Saturday’s Gulfstream Park program, a half-brother to Justify is scheduled to make his debut in Race 6.
By a sire of a Triple Crown champion, out of the dam of a Triple Crown champion, Stage Raider is scheduled to take on 11 other 3-year-olds in a well-stocked seven-furlong maiden special weight event that will be followed by six consecutive graded-stakes on the Pegasus Day card. The John Gunther homebred colt is the son of Pioneerof the Nile, the sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and Stage Magic, the dam of the undefeated 2018 champ Justify.
Chad Brown-trained Stage Raider has had a series of 10 breezes at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach county, leading up to his debut. Jose Ortiz has the mount.
Shadwell Stable’s Ghazaaly, a son of Curlin, will also make his debut in Race 6. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt was purchased for $1.05 million at the 2019 Keeneland September sale. Luis Saez has the call. Pletcher-trained Traveller, a son of Tourist, is also slated to make his first career start.
Godolphin’s Prevalence, a homebred son of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Brendan Walsh; WS Farish’s Marching, a Shug McGaughey-trained son Liam’s Map; will also debut in Race 6.
Late Pick 4, Late Pick 5 Pools Both Guaranteed at $750,000
The Pegasus Day program will feature graded stakes in the last six races on Saturday’s program, covering the Late Pick 4 (Races 9-12), Late Pick 5 (Races 8-12), and the 20-cent Rainbow 6.
The pools for the Late Pick 4 and the Late Pick 5 will both be guaranteed at $750,000.
The jackpot pool for the 20-cent Rainbow 6 (Races 7-12) will be guaranteed for $350,000 Saturday.
The popular multi-race wager went unsolved Friday, two days after a lucky bettor broke the jackpot for $636,311 on Wednesday. Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $5,161.24 Friday.
The jackpot pool 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.
A mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 pool is set for Sunday.
There will be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $2,801.34.
WHO’S HOT: Irad Ortiz Jr. rode two winners, scoring aboard Pugin ($3) in Race 1 and Angelcents ($7) in Race 8.
Jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. teamed for a double with No Commission ($3) in Race 6 and K’s Running Free ($9.80) in Race 10.