Son of Champion Wait a While Sprints 6F in 1:08.76 Rainbow 6 Hit for $90,631 Jackpot Payoff
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – There was no stopping Wait in Sunday’s featured optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
Arindel Farm’s homebred colt drew off to score by three lengths while completing six furlongs in a swift 1:08.76, not far off champion Big Drama’s 2011 track record of 1:08.12. The son of Distorted Humor, who was ridden by Edgard Zayas, is out of Wait a While, the 2006 Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly champion.
“I told Edgar before the race, ‘Don’t think for one second that he’s not good enough to beat these horses, because he is good enough,’” trainer Stanley Gold said. “This was not a surprise; it was affirmation.”
Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, Wait a While comfortably pressed the pace set by 3-5 favorite Barry Karafin Bets, who ran fractions of 22.85 (seconds), 45.13 for the first half mile. Wait a While took the lead on the turn into the homestretch on his way to a convincing scored.
Gold took over as Wait’s trainer following his six-furlong maiden score against Florida-bred rivals in January. He finished a tiring third behind Todd Pletcher-trained Malagacy, who went on win the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn, on Feb. 12. In his most recent start, he faded to finish off the board while trying turf and two turns for the first time.
“His last race was a throw-out because he didn’t want to go two turns, The race before, he’d been off a while and he got a little tired and finished third behind Todd’s horse that won the Rebel after setting fast fractions,” Gold said. “This is him. After his race on the turf, we decided that maybe he doesn’t want to go the two turns.”
Mai Ty One On, ridden by Nik Juarez, finished second, a half-length ahead of My Friend and jockey Tyler Gaffalione.
Earlier on Sunday’s program, Jorge Ruiz notched a riding triple, sweeping the first three races aboard Zero Out ($7.40), Smart Jersey ($6.20) and Chiseled ($7.60),
Rainbow 6 Hit for $90,631 Jackpot Payoff
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved Sunday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $90,631.96 jackpot payoff.
There were five horses in the ninth race eligible to crack the jackpot, including race-winner All Hansens Ondeck ($9.60), who completed the winning combination of 5-1-6-4-5-1.
The popular multi-race wager had gone unsolved for three consecutive programs since being solved on opening day of the Spring Meet Wednesday for a $35,516.86 jackpot payoff.
During the Championship Meet, the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for 27 consecutive cards leading up to a mandatory payout last Sunday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $48,881.
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only 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.