$400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Finales Top Six-Stakes Saturday ‘Beer, Bourbon & Burgers’ Featured at Final Summer Soiree
A program of six stakes worth $1.1 million in purses is on tap for Saturday topped by the $400,000 In Reality and $400,000 My Dear Girl, the finales of the 36th annual FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds by nominated stallions standing in Florida.
The In Reality for colts and geldings is led by 3-5 program favorite Soutache, coming off an impressive victory in the FSS Affirmed Sept. 2. Maiden Dessert Honeys is the morning line favorite in the My Dear Girl for fillies over the winners of the series’ first two legs, Go Astray (Desert Vixen) and Starship Bonita (Susan’s Girl).
Supporting the FSS series on the 14-race program are four $75,000 turf stakes – the Armed Forces for 2-year-olds, Our Dear Peggy for 2-year-old fillies and Mr. Steele for 3-year-olds and up, all at one mile; and the 1 1/16-mile Monroe for fillies and mares 3 and up. First race post time is noon.
Also Saturday will be the conclusion of the Summer Soiree Series at Gulfstream’s Ten Palms restaurant featuring ‘Beer, Bourbon & Burgers’ from 1-5 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 at the Gulfstream box office and includes a program, $2 betting voucher and the opportunity to taste bourbon, domestic and craft beers while sampling a wide variety of burgers and sliders.
Sunday will be closing day of Gulfstream’s summer meet. A 10-race program will be offered that includes six stakes races and the presence of Breeders’ Cup-bound multiple Grade 2 winner Curlin’s Approval in the Barely Even Handicap.
Gulfstream will offer mandatory payouts in the 20-cent Rainbow 6, 50-cent Late Pick 5 and $1 Super Hi-5 wagers Sunday. On mandatory payout days, the entire pool for each wager, including carryovers, is paid out to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners.
Sunday is also Fan Appreciation Day at Gulfstream, with $2 burgers, hot dogs, chips and soda. First race post time is 1:15 p.m.
Tyler Gaffalione, Emisael Jaramillo and Edgard Zayas are battling it out for the summer meet jockey’s title, while Ralph Nicks and Antonio Sano are separated by one win atop the trainer standings.