Roses in the South springs 11-1 upset in Melody of Colors Stakes

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February 25, 2018 06:37pm
Roses in the South wins 2018 Melody of Colors
Photo: Lauren King
Hustled to the lead from her far outside post, Roses in the South opened up on her rivals and kept going to spring an 11-1 upset in the $75,000 Melody of Colors for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Gulfstream Park, giving jockey Alvaro Donis his first career stakes victory.

Roses in the South ($25), co-owned by Patricia Julian and trainer Larry Bates, ran five furlongs in 55.89 seconds over a firm turf course for her fifth win from 10 starts and third in five tries since being moved to the grass last fall.

The milestone for Donis, a 26-year-old native of Guatemala, came nearly two years after riding his first North American winner, Lovely Elle, on March 10, 2016, also at Gulfstream.

“Since the day I started galloping horses, my dream is to stay in this profession as a jockey,” Donis said. “I want to ride in every race I can. I’ve been working for Larry in the mornings and he’s helped me a lot.”

A speedy Florida-bred daughter of City Place, Roses in the South broke running from Post 7 and shook loose on the lead through a quarter-mile in 21.49 seconds and a half in 43.66, with Treasure for Gold – making her first start since a maiden victory last summer at Gulfstream – a distant second.

Roses in the South never slowed down as she cut the corner on the far turn and maintained her advantage as stakes winner and 3-5 favorite March X Press, kept in the clear on the outside by jockey Jose Ortiz, made a belated stretch run to pass Todd Pletcher-trained stablemate Treasure for Gold for second.

“Miss Julian is the one who bought her at the sale,” Bates said. “She isn’t in the best of health. She couldn’t have come to the races at a better time. I’d rather win with this filly than win the [Kentucky] Derby.”

The Melody of Colors is named for the Florida-bred filly that won nine of 41 career starts, including two stakes, and banked $342,235 in purse earnings from 2001-06. Three of her victories came at Gulfstream, topped by the 2004 Bob Slater Stakes.

Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Carryover Tops $1,778 Million

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot swelled to $1,778,601.01 for Wednesday’s program after going unsolved for the 20st straight program Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

A total of $578,543 was wagered into the pool for the popular multi-race wager, which offered a $1,639,779 carryover jackpot heading into Sunday’s card. Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $1,638.64.

The popular multi-race wager was last hit Jan. 28, when the mandatory payout of a North American record $19.779 million pool produced multiple winning tickets worth $15,566.

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.

Who’s Hot:  Hot-riding Irad Ortiz Jr. registered his third four-win performance during the last four programs at Gulfstream Park Sunday, scoring aboard Fast Eddie E ($5.80) in the sixth race, Mo Smart ($3.60) in the ninth, Set Me Up ($4) in the 10th, and Passport to Chaos ($6.60) in the 12th.  

Leading rider Luis Saez notched win No. 100 for the 2017-2018 Championship Meet while winning Sunday’s second race aboard Indominus ($5.60). The 25-year-old jockey won his 100th race during the 2016-2017 Championship Meet on March 30, two days before clinching the jockey’s title with 102 wins, succeeding five-time defending champion Javier Castellano.

Castellano, who rode a winner trained by his brother Abel Castellano Jr. for the first time in Sunday’s third race aboard Nothins Free, set the record of 132 wins during the 2013-2014 Championship Meet.




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