Chubby Star Shines Bright Sunday in Career Debut

Chubby Star Shines Bright Sunday in Career Debut

Rainbow 6 Solved for $31,157 Payoff, Super Hi-5 Carryover Friday

Meet-Leading Rider Toledo Avoids Injury in Second-Race Spill

Closing Weekend Opens with Friday Twilight Program


LAUREL, MD – Sagamore Farm homebred Chubby Star was a resolute winner of her career debut Sunday at Laurel Park, emerging from a stretch duel with She’slikethewind for a half-length victory in the featured fourth race.


A chestnut daughter of Malibu Moon out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Salsa Star, Chubby Star ran a 1:38.63 mile over a firm Kelso Turf Course in the $40,000 maiden special weight event.


Sent off at 8-1 in a field of 10, Chubby Star ($19.40) was reserved early and in the clear outside under jockey Horacio Karamanos as 50-1 long shot Brainchild ran a quarter-mile in 24.84 seconds and a half in 49.69, tracked by She’s a Hot One and even-money favorite Colby Cakes on the inside.


The leaders were unchanged through six furlongs in 1:14.41 when She’slikethewind began to launch her bid with Chubby Star glued to her right flank. Karamanos stayed outside as She’slikethewind split horses straightening for home, and the two hooked up in mid-stretch for a head-to-head drive to the wire.


She’slikethewind, a Ken Lowe Jr. Maryland homebred, was second, with $325,000 yearling purchase Colby Cakes third, both in their second career starts. Pacesetter Brainchild held on for fourth.


“My filly looked good. She did everything right. She broke good and I got position. On the first turn it was a little bit tight. My filly, the first eighth of a mile, I couldn’t relax her good, but on the backstretch, she relaxed so good behind [She’slikethewind],” Karamanos said. “I followed her and when I asked her at the quarter pole, she gave me a nice kick. [She’slikethewind] was coming through between horses, so I pushed a little bit. He made me float out a little bit but she gave me a good kick to the end. She was looking around a little bit as first-time starter, but I think she can improve a lot, this filly.”


Chubby Star showed a steady string of works at Laurel Park for trainer Horacio DePaz, who was at Saratoga Race Course Sunday where Sagamore-owned 2-year-old Recruiting Ready was disqualified from second to fourth for interference as the 2-5 favorite in the Saratoga Special (G2).


Rainbow 6 Solved for $31,157 Payoff, Super Hi-5 Carryover Friday


For the first time in 17 live race programs, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved by one lucky bettor Sunday for a jackpot payout of $31,157.38.


Four horses were live to take down the jackpot heading into the ninth-race finale, a 1 1/16-mile maiden event on the Fort Marcy Turf Course won by Phipps Stable’s Vagabond ($6.80) under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado.


A total of $13,328 was wagered into the pool for Rainbow 6, which had a carryover of $20,494.65 from Saturday. It was the first time the popular multi-race wager was solved since being hit for $24,250.10 on July 4.


The Rainbow 6 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, 60 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 40 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.


The Rainbow 6 will begin anew on Friday’s twilight program, which kicks off closing weekend of the 24-day summer meet. The Rainbow 6 will span Races 3-8 and includes four grass races on the All Along and Fort Marcy turf courses in distances ranging from 5 ½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. A $33,000 maiden claiming event for 2-year-olds at six furlongs on the main track in Race 6 will serve as the day’s feature.


There will be a carryover of $714.59 in the $1 Super Hi-5 for Friday’s opener. First race post time is 3:40 p.m.




Meet-Leading Rider Toledo Avoids Injury in Second-Race Spill


Meet-leading jockey Jevian Toledo avoided injury after being sent to the turf by his mount, I.E. Flash, in the stretch of Sunday’s second race.


Toledo was racing outside horses in the middle of the Fort Marcy Turf Course when I.E. Flash, a 7-year-old gelding co-owned and trained by Hassan Elamri, broke down. Toledo was clear of horses as he lost his balance and fell. I.E. Flash had to be euthanized.


After taking off maiden filly Fair Sally in the third race, Toledo returned to honor his remaining five mounts, winning with Happy Mesa ($18.80) in the seventh.


Maryland’s leading rider in 2015 in both wins and purses earned had won with four of his previous six mounts, including three on Saturday and Sunday’s opener aboard Enigma ($7.40). He enters the final weekend of the summer meet with 22 wins, ahead of Victor Carrasco (19) and Feargal Lynch (18).


Toledo, who turns 22 Saturday, earned his 500th career victory July 29 at Laurel.