First Post for Summit of Speed Preview Card: 12:45 p.m. Stonestreet’s Perfect Kay Scoots to Impressive Debut Victory
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $300,000 at Gulfstream Park.
The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 17th consecutive racing day Friday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $173.36 .
The carryover jackpot 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.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 will span Races 7-12. The six-race sequence on the Summit of Speed Preview program includes the $75,000 Sea Lily (ninth race) the $75,000 Amelia Island (10th race) and the $75,000 Big Cypress (11th race). Seven stakes worth $525,000 will be featured on the 12-race program, including the $75,000 Parrot Key (3rd race).
The Sea Lily, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares, and the Parrot Key, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, are prep races for the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) and the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2), respectively, on the July 2 Summit of Speed program. Both graded-stakes will be Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ races.
Saturday’s first-race post time is set for 12:45 p.m.
Stonestreet’s Perfect Kay Scoots to Impressive Debut Victory
Stonestreet Stables’ Perfect Kay made an impressive debut victory in Friday’s third race, a $55,000 maiden special weight event for 2-year-old fillies. The Florida-bred filly stamped herself as an exciting candidate for the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes series for juveniles later this summer.
Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, the daughter of Kantharos broke from the starting gate a few steps behind Jacks or Better Farm’s Faith ‘n Works but quickly scooted inside the early pacesetter nearing the far turn. The Florida-bred filly continued on to register a comfortable two-length triumph while running five furlongs in 59 seconds.
“This filly is a good filly. She’s fast. I didn’t try to go to the lead. The other horse (Faith ‘n Works) broke much better, but this filly wanted the lead,” Velasquez said. “She can run. She knows how to run.”
The 4-5 favorite’s performance hardly came as a surprise to trainer David Fawkes.
“She’s done everything right, that’s why we expected her to run well. We weren’t surprised by her odds,” Fawkes said. “She was a tiny bit green, wandering around a bit, but she didn’t have anyone around to keep her busy.”
Perfect Kay ($3.60) provided Velasquez with his first trip to the winner’s circle since the veteran jockey returned from New York to ride full time at Gulfstream Wednesday. He had finished second five times from 12 previous mounts.
Velasquez, who has enjoyed considerable success in South Florida before riding year-round in New York for the past few years, captured the 2007 Championship Meet’s riding title at Gulfstream with 73 wins.
“It feels good to be back. I won the winter title here, but the last three years I didn’t come here in the wintertime. The program here is good, and for my family, I’m going to ride full time now,” said Velasquez, who has ridden more than 3750 winners.
Velasquez returned to the winner’s circle with Ari’s Pride ($6.40) after the seventh race.