01/30/2017 11:16AM

Great Pegasus weather followed by wet, muddy Sunday


A major factor in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup being so successful was the weather. Temperatures hovered right around 70 amid bright sunshine all day as ontrack fans reveled in perfect conditions.

It was a stark contrast to the following day. Rain and temperatures in the low 50s descended on south Florida on Sunday, when all six turf races on the 12-race Gulfstream card had to be transferred to a sloppy main track.

◗ Two-time Eclipse Award champion Tepin was scheduled to breeze Monday at her Palm Meadows training center winter base, but the move was postponed until Wednesday after turf works were canceled because of wet ground. Julien Leparoux will be aboard for trainer Mark Casse for the breeze.

Tepin is being pointed to the Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes on Feb. 11 at Tampa Bay Downs for her 6-year-old debut. If all goes well there, she will be considered for a race on the Dubai World Cup undercard March 25.

◗ The first race in the Rainbow 6 sequence Sunday immediately eliminated most bettors when first-time starter Springdetti won at 56-1 for trainer Dave Kassen. Odds on the ensuing winners were 6-5, 2-1, 4-5, 6-5, and 7-1, with each perfect 20-cent ticket worth $2,713 on a single-day handle of $138,208. The rollover jackpot for Wednesday stands at $339,874.

Rainbow 6 handle on the Pegasus World Cup card Saturday was $469,172. A perfect ticket was worth $3,145.

◗ Jockey Joel Rosario took off Sunday when continuing to be bothered by an infection of the outer part of his ear. Agent Ron Anderson said the ailment has lingered for weeks, but he is hopeful Rosario will be able to resume riding this week as the problem subsides.