Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $69,649 for Friday No Decision on Future for Multiple G1 Winner Sheer Drama
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – There will be a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot of $69,649.56 greeting bettors for Friday’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park. Post time is 12:35 p.m.
Several winning tickets were sold with Thursday’s winning 8-2-10-6-6-3 sequence, which returned $408.24.
Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span races 5-10 including the featured ninth, a one-mile optional claiming allowance for 2-year-olds on the main track that attracted a field of eight, including stakes-placed Brighton Lane, Sumpter and impressive debut winner Destin.
No Decision on Future for Multiple G1 Winner Sheer Drama
Multiple Grade 1-winning mare Sheer Drama remains on owner-breeder Harold Queen’s Ocala farm while trainer David Fawkes awaits word on whether she will race as a 6-year-old or be retired to the breeding shed.
Fawkes said Thursday he has yet to hear on the future of Sheer Drama, who has been with Queen since her fourth-place finish from post 13 in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
“I’m going to run up there pretty quick and see him. I don’t know what he’s thinking. He hasn’t told me yet,” Fawkes said. “She’s already had a month, so I’m guessing he’ll give her two months off anyway, at least.”
Sheer Drama won three of eight starts with four seconds and $1.2 million in purse earnings in 2015, taking the Delaware Handicap (G1) and Personal Ensign (G1) in succession prior to the Breeders’ Cup. She also captured the Royal Delta (G2) in March at Gulfstream.
Fawkes has visited the chestnut daughter of Burning Roma on Queen’s farm and come away impressed with Sheer Drama’s demeanor and condition.
“She’s doing great. I’ve seen her out in the paddock, and she looks fabulous,” he said. “Her weight’s good and her legs all look great. Everything’s great. She’s just relaxing out there, eating grass, getting some R & R, and she deserves it. Why crank her up right now when you’ve got the whole year in front of you? I think that’s what he’s thinking.”
Hall of Famer Prado Released from Hospital
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was released from Memorial Regional Hospital this week to continue his recovery from six broken ribs suffered in a spill at the start of Sunday’s seventh race.
“He’s out of the hospital. We were there a day and a half, almost two days,” Prado’s agent, Bob Klesaris, said Thursday. “Everything’s good. He’s going to be out six to eight weeks.”
Prado, 48, was injured when his mount, Legs Like Betty, bolted to the outside fence from post 16 in a 7 ½-furlong maiden turf sprint and dumped the rider before jumping the temporary outer rail onto the main track. After getting up, the 2-year-old filly ran to the top of the stretch where he was caught by outriders.
After original x-rays came up clean, a second scan revealed three broken ribs on each side, Klesaris said. Prado will need a period of inactivity before he can begin rehabilitation.
“He’s got to rest for two weeks before he can do anything, and it’s going to take six to seven weeks for the ribs to heal,” Klesaris said. “Like anybody else, he’s disappointed.”
Who’s Hot: Jockey Emisael Jaramillo, Venezuela’s all-time leading rider who is spending his first winter in South Florida, had a pair of winners with Forall the Marbles ($27.60) in the second race and Beautiful Sin ($10.60) in the fifth. Jockey Corey Lanerie was first with Peaky Blinders ($8.60) in the fourth and Pep the Champ ($5.60) in the eighth. Pep the Champ is trained by Joe Sharp, who also won with Muntij ($3.60) in the sixth. Four-time reigning riding champion Javier Castellano also had a double, scoring with Holders Season ($5.40) in the seventh and Break Away ($8.40) in the 10th.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $69,649.56