06/17/2017 6:33PM

Mystic Sky (20-1) defeats My Point Exactly (25-1) in Soldier's Dancer

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Mystic Sky has now finished in the money in each of his last seven starts.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Rainbow 6 mandatory payout ended somewhat unexpectedly late Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park after 20-1 Mystic Sky ran down 25-1 My Point Exactly to upset the $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer Stakes.

The 3-5 favorite Enterprising was never a serious factor after encountering traffic issues on several occasions throughout the 1 1/16-miles, Florida-bred turf stakes.

There was even more drama after the race ended. Following an objection by the rider of fifth-place finisher Favorite Heir against My Point Exactly, the original runner-up was ultimately placed fourth for drifting late and interfering with Galleon Mast, not Favorite Heir, nearing the wire.

Mystic Sky was the second consecutive longshot winner in the Rainbow 6 sequence, following the 18-1 Fifth Avenue Flash, who had won the previous race. The Rainbow 6, which began with nearly a $1 million carryover and attracted $4.5 million in new wagers Saturday, paid $26,761 for a $.20 ticket.

Mystic Sky, a model of consistency for trainer Phil Gleaves since the fall, has now won four times and finished in the money in each of his last seven starts.

He was taken back to last and angled to the rail after being briefly carried wide by a rank Piloting into the first turn of the Soldier’s Dancer. Mystic Sky began his rally midway on the second turn, checked briefly and eased outside horses to continue his bid nearing the eighth pole, then finished full of run down the center of the track to post a neck decision over My Point Exactly.

Two Step Time rallied just behind and outside the winner, finishing another three-parts of a length farther back in third.

The multiple graded stakes winner Enterprising was shuffled to the rear of the field into the opening bend, appeared to be mounting a rally when forced to steady sharply near the rail after six furlongs, and was never a serious threat thereafter, finishing a disappointing sixth in a field of 10 older turf specialists.

Mystic Sky completed the distance over a firm course in 1:43.42 and paid $42.60.

“We made a big turnaround with him,” said Gleaves, who trains the homebred Mystsic Sky for the Vegso Racing Stable. “He had a breathing problem and last year, before Gulfstream Park West [meeting] we did a throat operation on him, a tie-back operation which is a normal procedure with breathing problems. Since then he’s been a monster. Now he can finally breathe.”

Gleaves also credited his regular jockey, Luca Panici, for a superb ride.

“Luca gave him an excellent ride. He rode him like a European horse,” Gleaves said. “He covered him up all the way. He didn’t let him see any daylight until he turned for home and he came flying. It was wonderful.”