Total Pool Tops $7.4 Million For Mandatory Payout Of Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow 6

The mandatory payout of a 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool that approached $8.5 million yielded multiple payouts of $2,116.42 Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

A total of $7,404,674 was wagered into the Rainbow 6, which began with a carryover of $1,089,069 from Friday’s program.

The popular multi-race wager had gone unsolved for 18 consecutive racing days since the last mandatory payout of $25,914.88 Jan. 30.

La Maquina ($10.40) captured the Race 12 finale to complete the winning 3-10-11-6-3-1 combination. Other winners in the sequence were Unprecedented ($5.60) in Race 7, Propensity ($9) in Race 8, Iconic Avenue ($22) in Race 9, Star Seeking ($4.80) in Race 10 and Hierro ($4.80) in Race 11.

One race prior to the start of the Rainbow 6, St. George Stable’s champion mare Letruska made a triumphant 6-year-old debut in the $150,000 Royal Delta (G3), cruising to a three-length victory in 1:43.43 for 1 1/16 miles. It was the 18th career win and fourth in four tries at Gulfstream for Letruska, voted the Eclipse Award as the top older female of 2021 following a campaign of six wins – including five in a row, four in Grade 1 races – in eight races.

The Rainbow 6 begins anew in Race 6 Sunday with a gross guarantee pool jackpot of $50,000. The feature comes in Race 10, an optional claiming allowance for 4-year-old and up sprinting seven furlongs that drew a field of seven led by 2021 Dwyer (G3) winner First Captain, the 8-5 program favorite; Real Talk, third to 2021 champion sprinter Jackie’s Warrior in the Gallant Bob (G2) last fall; 2020 Challenger (G3) winner Trophy Chaser; and 2019 Iroquois (G2) winner Dennis’ Moment.

Post time for the first of 11 races Sunday is noon.

Irish-Bred Star Seeking Gets First North American Win Saturday
Michael Tabor’s 4-year-old Irish homebred filly Star Seeking, second in her North American debut last month, returned to Gulfstream Park with a front-running 4 ¼-length triumph Saturday.

Ridden by Jose Ortiz for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, Star Seeking ($4.80) covered one mile over a firm turf course in 1:35.16 for her second career win and first since coming to the U.S. from England last fall.

“She’s trained well since she’s been here,” Pletcher said. “I thought she ran a decent race but it wasn’t up to her capabilities the first time. Today was more of what we have been seeing in the morning.”

Favored at 7-5 in a field of 10, Star Seeking broke alertly from Post 6 and outran Black Sand for the lead, holding it through fractions of 24.14 seconds, 48.15 and 1:12.08. Star Seeking remained firmly in control straightening for home and then opened up through the lane.

“I thought we would be in a stalking position but she broke so well and Jose said she put herself there so easily, so he took advantage,” Pletcher said.

Star Seeking registering her first U.S. victory at Gulfstream Park

Who’s Hot: Jockey Jose Ortiz registered four winners Saturday, starting with champion Letruska ($2.20) in the $150,000 Royal Delta (G3) and followed by Unprecedented ($5.60) in Race 7, Star Seeking ($4.80) in Race 10 and Hierro ($4.80) in Race 11 … Older brother Irad Ortiz Jr. had a riding triple aboard Conundrum Queen ($3.20) in Race 1, Miss California ($5.80) in Race 3 and Reinvestment Risk ($4.40) in Race 4 … Hall of Famer Javier Castellano and trainer Jose D’Angelo teamed up to win with Capturini ($4.20) in Race 2 and Fillmore East ($5.20) in Race 5. D’Angelo picked up a third winner with Hierro.

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