Gulfstream Park Barn Notes: Tiz the Bomb Heads for Jeff Ruby Steaks Next

(Tiz the bomb / Coady Photography)

From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:

Coach Kenny McPeek has been doing his best to keep his ranked-stakes-winning 3-year-olds separate on the road to the triple crown.

Rattle N Roll, the winner of Breeders’ Futurity (G1), is set to make his sophomore debut March 5 in the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream. Smile Happy, the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner and Risen Star (G2) runner-up, is heading to either the Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 26 at Fair Grounds or the Blue Grass (G1) on April 9 to Keeneland in search of Kentucky. Derby qualifying points. Tiz the Bomb, who finished the board at the February 5 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream, is headed to the April 2 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park.

The Jeff Ruby Steaks offer 40 qualifying points to the winner, but McPeek is currently considering a possible Guineas start on April 30, 2000 (G1) on the Newmarket turf with an eye on the Epsom Derby on June 4 (G1).

“I’m going to take him to Turfway and race him on synthetic. He was pre-nominated for the Epsom Derby and the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket,” McPeek said. “There is a better than average chance that he will go to Europe.”

Tiz the Bomb won the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile and Bourbon (G2) at Keeneland on turf before finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Del Mar last year before trying dirt in the Holy Bull.

Rainbow 6 Gross Jackpot Pool guaranteed at $1.5 million

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot will be guaranteed for $1.5 million on Friday at Gulfstream Park, where the popular multi-race bet has gone unresolved for 17 consecutive race days after a mandatory payout on Jan. 30.

Friday offers bettors one last chance to land the Rainbow 6 jackpot before a mandatory pool payout on Saturday. Several winning tickets on Thursday brought in $29,905.60.

The Rainbow 6 rollover jackpot is usually only paid out when there is a single single ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no single ticket, 70% of that day’s pool usually goes to bettors who hold the tickets with the most winners, while 30% is carried over to the jackpot pool. However, on mandatory payout days, the entire pool is paid out to the bettor or bettors with the most winners in the six-race streak.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 streak will span Races 5-10, kicked off by a one-mile race for $20,000 to claim on Tapeta in Race 5. Wesley Ward coached Six Feet Apart, a first 2 winner ¾ length on the all-weather course last time out, is considered the morning line favorite 6-5.

Todd Pletcher, Hall of Fame trainer, is to send Treasure King, the first runner, for Race 6, an optional 1 1/16 mile girl claiming an allowance for Florida-raised 3-year-olds. The Treasure Beach son will face a pair of 3-year-olds trained by Larry Rivelli, including Mr. Cellular, who was claimed $50,000 on a second-place finish on his debut; and Ironman Richie, a Field Commission rookie.

Positively Awesome, a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend, stretches a mile for Race 7, a mile event for 2,000 contenders which will also be contested by Disc Jockey trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., who will makes for a tag for his second start of a long layoff.

Race 8, an optional claiming allowance of 7 ½ furlongs on grass that drew a full field of fillies and mares, could well be considered an “extended race” by bettors. Race 9, a seven furlong starting allowance for 3-year-olds, featured four horses coming out of a claim, including 5-2 morning line favorite Backatya, trained by strong out-of-claim conditioner Kelsey Danner.

The Rainbow 6 streak will end in race 10 with a first 1 1/8 mile special weight race for older horses on turf. Nepotism trained by Jonathan Thomas, who finished a close third over Tapeta while coming off an 11-month layoff; and Bill Mott-trained Aussie Pride, which surged late to finish second on its Jan. 29 debut in Tampa; are favored in the morning line.

In addition to the mandatory payout on Saturday, Gulfstream will offer simulcast bets on Saturday’s Saudi Cup (12:40 p.m.), as well as the Saudi Derby (11:10 a.m.) and Riyadh Dirt Sprint (11:50 a.m.). Mandaloun is set to make his first start since being officially recognized as the 2021 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner in Saturday’s $20 million Saudi Cup, which also drew Art Collector, Midnight Bourbon and Country Grammer from the United States.

Silks’ simulcast facility will open at 10 a.m.

The $150,000 Royal Delta (G1), a 1 1/16 mile stake for fillies and older mares with the 2022 debut of Eclipse Prize champion Letruska, will be featured on Saturday’s card.

Who shot:
Irad Ortiz Jr. hit the 3000 North American win milestone with a winning run aboard Order and Law ($7.20) in Race 4, following his winning run aboard Pirate Life ($9) in Race 3. The three 29-year-old multi-Eclipse Award-winning jockey also scored aboard Amount ($5) in Race 7.
Jose Ortiz doubled with book-ending wins aboard Unknown ($2.80) in Race 1 and Charlotte the Brit ($43.60) in Race 9.

Dino S. Williams