Rainbow 6 to Offer $50,000 Guaranteed Jackpot Friday Notyouraveragejoe Set for 2014 Debut in Saturdayâ€™s Quality Road
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL â€“ The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will offer a guaranteed $50,000 jackpot for Fridayâ€™s card at Gulfstream Park.
The popular multi-race wager, which produced a $6.6 million payoff for a Palm Beach bettor last month, was solved last Sunday by a Lewiston, Maine player who cashed for $219,761.86.
The Rainbow 6 jackpot is only hit when a bettor has the only ticket with the winners of the day's final six races.
On Sunday, June 29, however, there will be a mandatory payout of the entire Rainbow 6 carryover pool, whether there is a single winning ticket or multiple tickets with the most winners in the six-race sequence.
A special live racing program at Gulfstream is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1, when the Rainbow 6 will start anew.
Notyouraveragejoe Set for 2014 Debut in Saturdayâ€™s Quality Road
At 3-5 favoritism in the morning line, Wildcat Red looms as a rather imposing foe in Saturdayâ€™s $75,000 Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Steve DiMauro is well aware of his competition, but heâ€™s not about to let it dissuade him from using the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds as a springboard for Notyouraveragejoeâ€™s 2014 racing season.
â€œIâ€™m not looking at the other horses that are going to run. Iâ€™m just going to think about my own horse. It really doesnâ€™t matter who else is in there,â€ said DiMauro, whose colt is rated third at 5-1 in the morning line behind Wildcat Red and East Hall (4-1). â€œMy concern is fitness more than competition.â€
Notyouraveragejoe hasnâ€™t run since Nov. 30, when he finished second at Gulfstream in the off-the-turf $100,000 Pulpit Stakes behind Storming Inti, who came right back to win the Kittenâ€™s Joy Stakes on turf. Although heâ€™d prefer to start his colt back on turf, DiMauro is comfortable with running him on the main track Saturday.
â€œIt came up a short field. Iâ€™m happy to be in it,â€ DiMauro said. â€œHopefully, I can build off of whatever he does here.â€
The son of Discreet Cat finished second once in three starts at 5 Â½ furlongs before graduating at a mile in an off-the-turf maiden race. He came right back to score a 33-1 upset victory in the one-mile $100,000 Juvenile Turf Stakes at Gulfstream on Nov. 9.
DiMauro had entered Notyouraveragejoe in the English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream on June 14 but â€œa small issueâ€ forced him to scratch the Florida-bred colt.
â€œI would prefer to be on grass, but he seems to handle it all, whether its dry or wet, turf or dirt,â€ he said. â€œOnce he went long, he seemed to be good no matter which way we went.â€
Naval Command Pointed to Stakes After Impressive Maiden Win
Impressed with Naval Commandâ€™s impressive maiden triumph last Saturday, trainer Bill Kaplan is pointing the juvenile daughter of Midshipman to the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes at Gulfstream on July 12.
Favored at 9-5 for her debut on the strength of a string of impressive workouts, Naval Commandâ€™s victory was hardly a surprise. The manner in which she got to the winnerâ€™s circle under jockey Juan Leyva was somewhat unexpected. After breaking from the gate ninth in the 10-horse field, she was a little slow to settle into stride before advancing along the rail and launching a strong stretch drive to win by a length over a sloppy track.
â€œI expected her to be on the lead. Sheâ€™s very quick out of the gate, but she got a little intimidated first time and she backed out a little. He got her going again and got her over to the rail. She backed out again a little when she got to the rail,â€ Kaplan said. â€œThatâ€™s what makes it so impressive in a 4 Â½-furlong race. It wasnâ€™t like she was all the way in front and won by five. This was more impressive.â€
Kaplan bought Naval Command for Pinnacle Racing Stables, H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice at the 2014 OBS April 2-year-olds-in-training sale for $60,000.
â€œWhen I go to a sale I put most of my judgment into how they move during the breeze,â€ Kaplan said. â€œThatâ€™s a good percentage of what I do, and then Iâ€™ll look at their conformation and all the other stuff, like breeding.â€
Kaplan has built a reputation for success with bargain purchases at auction, most notably with Musical Romance, whom he purchased for $22,000 and who went on to win the 2011 Breedersâ€™ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and the 2011 Eclipse Award as the countryâ€™s champion female sprinter.
Kaplan is hopeful that Naval Command has the ability to compete in major stakes. â€œWeâ€™ve got the race on the 12th, so weâ€™ll be nominating for that one,â€ he said. â€œIf she wins that, we might try something up north and get ready for the Breedersâ€™ Cup.â€