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By Gulfstream Press Staff – Saturday’s 11-race program will be followed by an 11-race card on Sunday and a 12-race program on a special Memorial Day program Monday. First-race post time is set for 12:45 p.m. all three days.

The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the seventh straight racing day Friday, when multiple tickets were each worth $1,880.28.

The carryover jackpot 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.

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 6-11, kicked off by a 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight race with a pair of well-bred Todd Pletcher 3-year-olds – Ima Pharoah, a son of American Pharoah who finished a close second in his first two starts at Gulfstream, and Curlingo, a first-time starter by Curlin who brought a winning bid of $900,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September sale.

In Race 10, Pay Any Price, the popular 10-year-old gelding who has won 15 races over the Gulfstream turf, returns from a three-month layoff in a five-furlong optional claiming allowance on turf. The multiple stakes-winning son of Wildcat Heir holds the course record of 53.61 seconds, set while winning the 2017 Silks Run.

                        Swaggy George Second 2YO Winner for Sire Not This Time

J Stables LLC’s Swaggy George ($21.40) drew into Friday’s off-the-turf maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds and drew away to an impressive four-length debut victory at Gulfstream Park.

The Antonio Sano-trained colt was the second juvenile winner in two days for freshman stallion Not This Time, a son of Giant’s Causeway who finished second in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) before his racing career was halted by injury.

Swaggy George rated well off a moderate pace under Edgard Zayas, advanced inside of horses along the backstretch and on the far turn before making an eye-catching three-wide sweep to the lead on the turn into the homestretch. The Kentucky-bred colt drew away to win Race 2 comfortably over favored Congrats Again. The Sano-trained Espia closed from last in the nine-horse to finish third after a troubled start, a length behind Congrats Again.

“He had a great breeze the other day. I told Edgard that I really liked the horse,” said Sano, whose main-track-only winner ran five furlongs in a minute. “My other horse is also a good horse. I’m happy with him too.”

Hopeful Princess, a debuting daughter of Not This Time, won at Churchill Downs Thursday.

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