Edited Gulfstream Staff Release – Jockey Edgard Zayas and trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. successfully defended their Spring/Summer Meet titles Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Zayas, who clinched his third-straight Spring/Summer Meet title outright with a victory aboard the Joseph-trained Baby Lion in Race 3, finished five wins ahead of Emisael Jaramillo, who took the Spring/Summer Meet title in 2018. Zayas, who went on to ride Joseph-trained La Chica Lateral in Race 9, finished with 124 wins, while Jaramillo (119) and Miguel Vasquez (101) also exceeded the 100-win mark.
“I have to thank all the owners, all the trainers for all their support all the time,” said Zayas, whose stellar meet was punctuated by his victory aboard Bill Mott-trained Outfoxed in Saturday’s $400,000 My Dear Girl, the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes finale for 2-year-old fillies sired by accredited Florida stallions. “I also want to thank my agent (Tito Fuentes) and my family. It’s the whole team, not just the jockey and the horse. It’s the whole team behind them.”
Joseph, who won the 2020 Spring/Summer Meet title with 59 wins, saddled a pair of winners on Sunday’s program to push his meet-topping total to 71 victories, 36 more than runner-up Carlos David and eight more than Antonio Sano.
Arindel led all owners during the Spring/Summer Meet with 17 winners, most notably Octane, a homebred son of Brethren who captured Saturday’s $400,000 FSS In Reality, as well as the $200,000 FSS Affirmed in his previous start. Moshe Mark finished second in the trainer’s standings with 10 winners.
The Fall Meet gets under way on Thursday, when the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $350,000.
The popular multi-race wager went unsolved Sunday for the 10th racing day since a Sept. 10 mandatory payout produced multiple payoffs of $313,299.84
The Rainbow 6 jackpot is 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 will span Races 3-8, including three races on the newly constructed Tapeta course. Race 3, a maiden claiming race for juvenile fillies at 5 ½ furlongs on the all-weather surface, will kick off the sequence. Race 5, a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies, and Race 7, a mile-and-70-yard starter allowance for 3-year-olds and up, will also be run over the all-weather surface.