HorseracingFLA Staff Report
Gulfstream Park will end the first week of its 2016 Spring Meet on Sunday with nine races and first post of 12:55 p.m.
The featured third race is a $75,000 optional claimer at 7 ½ furlongs on turf for 3-year-old fillies. The purse is $43,000.
It is one of five races scheduled for turf, and with a forecast of zero percent rain in the forecast it is likely that they will stay on that surface.
There is a carryover of $393,115.22 on the Rainbow 6. The 20-cent only per combination bet is on races four through nine.
The Sunday feature has six entrants for turf, plus two fillies listed as Main Track Only.
Gulfstream stakes veterans Golden Delicious, Rontos Lily and Born to Be Winner head the field.
Golden Delicious, trained by Todd Pletcher, is coming off a win at 7 ½ furlongs on turf in the Mrs. Presidents on Feb. 15. Edgard Zayas has the mount.
Born to Be Winner finished third in the one mile Sweetest Chant (Grade 3) on Jan. 30. Nik Juarez will ride for trainer Carlo Vaccarezza.
Rontos Lily finished second in the one mile Sanibel Island on March 26. But she was disqualified and placed seventh for interference in the stretch. Marcos Meneses has the return ride for trainer Enrique Sanchez.
Juarez rode three winners Saturday. Zayas, Eddie Castro and apprentice John Cruz each rode two winners.
Those results and a look at the standings point out that many of the leading jockeys from Gulfstream’s championship meet have returned to New York or to Kentucky where they spend most of each year.
Through four days of the spring meet, Zayas and Juarez are tied for the lead with six wins each. Elvis Trujillo is next with five victories.
Christophe Clement, Gustavo Delgado, Jason Servis, Jane Cibelli and Steve Dwoskin each have two wins and are tied for the lead among trainers.