Edited Release – In addition to being co-headlined by the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), Saturday’s 12-race program will feature a variety of all-graded-stakes multi-race wagers.
The Late Pick 4 (Races 9-12) and Late Pick 5 (Races 8-12), which will both have guaranteed pools of $750,000, as well as the 20-cent Rainbow 6 (Races 7-12), will offer all-graded-stakes sequences, as will all rolling Pick 3s in Races 7-12.
The Pegasus Turf (Race 11) and the Pegasus (Race 12) will anchor the sequences for the Late Pick 4 and Pick 5, as well as the Rainbow 6, which will be kicked off the $125,000 Marshua’s River (G3), a mile turf race for older fillies and mares carded as Race 7. The $125,000 La Prevoyante (G3), a 1 ½-mile turf race for older fillies and mares carded as Race 8, will be the second leg of the Rainbow 6 and kick off the Late Pick 5. The $200,000 Inside Information (G2), a seven-furlong sprint for older fillies and mares carded as Race 9, will start the Late Pick 4 while serving as the third leg of the Rainbow 6 and second leg of the Late Pick 5. The $150,000 W.L. McKnight (G3), a 1 ½-mile turf stakes for older horses carded as Race 10, will be the fourth leg of the Rainbow 6, third leg of the Late Pick 5 and the second leg of the Late Pick 4. The Pegasus Turf and Pegasus will wrap up all three wagers.
The $125,000 Fred W. Hooper (G3), a mile race for older horses, has been carded as Race 4.
Advance wagering on Saturday’s Pegasus Day program will be available Friday.
Rainbow 6 Hit for $636,311, Mandatory Payout Sunday
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was hit Wednesday for $636,311.50 on the day when post positions were drawn for Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1).
The jackpot pool is only paid out 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.
Thursday’s Rainbow 6 sequence, with a guaranteed pool of $100,000, will span Races 5-10, including a well-stocked maiden special weight race for older horses in Race 5. Caveat Emptor, a Joseph Allen homebred trained by Jimmy Toner, and Core Conviction, a son of American Pharoah trained by Chad Brown, are scheduled to make their respective debuts om the mile turf race. Voodoo Zip, second in his last four starts, will be saddled for the first time by Christophe Clement. While Phil Serpe-trained King Angelo will make his first Gulfstream start after finishing second on dirt his Dec. 20 debut at Aqueduct.
In Race 7, a mile optional claiming allowance on turf for 3-year-old fillies, Ron Spatz-trained I Get It will seek to return to winning form after finishing fourth in the Ginger Brew. The daughter of Get Stormy had won her three previous starts by a combined total of nearly 12 lengths.
There will be a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 Sunday.
WHO’S HOT: Junior Alvarado notched a three-win day Wednesday, scoring aboard Mary of Scotland ($17.60) in Race 2, Sososubtle ($38.80) in Race 4, and Celestial Cheetah ($12.20) in Race 6.