HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – In addition to the winner’s share of their $75,000 purse, Saturday’s Sunshine Classic and Sunshine Sprint could be worth an additional $25,000 for the connections of six horses.
Both the 1 1/8-mile Classic and six-furlong Sprint, each for Florida-bred 4-year-olds and up, offer the $25,000 ‘win only’ bonus to state-bred runners that are also eligible for the Florida Sire Stakes.
Two horses in the Classic, Arindel homebred Hercules and Amaty Racing Stables, Inc.’s Nacho Papa, racing first time off the claim for trainer Mauricio Fuentes, are eligible for the bonus.
In the Sprint, eligible horses are Arindel’s multiple stakes-placed Gatsby and Michele and Lawrence Sargent’s stakes winner Legal Deal, both trained by Carlos David; Kenneth Fishbein’s Boca Boy, upset winner of the 2020 FSS In Reality; and defending Sprint champion Cajun Brother, racing third off the claim for David Bernsen and Jeffrey Lambert and trainer Bob Hess Jr.
The Classic and Sprint co-headline an 11-race program Saturday that kicks off at noon. Older Florida-breds will in the spotlight again next weekend in the $75,000 Sunshine Turf going 1 1/8 miles and $75,000 Sunshine Filly & Mare Turf at one mile Saturday, Jan 22.
20-Cent Rainbow 6 Solved Thursday for $159,442 Payout
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved by one lucky bettor for a $159,442.38 jackpot payout Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
Live Oak Plantation homebred Quality Review ($8.60) was one of four horses live to take down the jackpot heading into the 10th race finale, edging School Dance by a half-length to complete the winning 3-5-3-4-4-1 combination.
Other winners in the sequence were War of Ages ($13.60) in Race 5, Crumb Bun ($12.20) in Race 6, Make No Mistake ($11.20) in Race 7, Oriental Trigger ($53.80) in Race 8 and Mezcal ($3.40) in Race 9.
Thursday marked the third time in five racing days that the Rainbow 6 was hit. It was solved for a life-changing $1,200,305.88 on Jan. 7, one day before a mandatory payout returned $100,823.22.
The Rainbow 6 jackpot is 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.
The Rainbow 6 begins anew Friday with a $50,000 gross jackpot pool guarantee starting in Race 5, a claiming event for 4-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf that drew a field of 10 including morning line top choice Bright Devil, racing first off the claim for trainer Bobby Dibona.
The feature comes in Race 9, a 5 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance for Florida-bred fillies and mares 4 and up where Jacks or Better Farm’s American of Course is the 9-5 program favorite. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, the 5-year-old mare won three straight last spring and summer and returned from a seven-month layoff to run third Dec. 16 at Gulfstream.
Races 9 and 10, a 1 1/16-mile claiming event scheduled for the turf, are also respectively the second and final legs of the national weekly Stronach 5 wager that begins at Santa Anita and also includes Golden Gate Fields.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Paco Lopez visited the winner’s circle three times Thursday, with Uno Tiger ($31.80) in Race 3, War of Ages ($13.60) in Race 5 and Make No Mistake ($11.20) in Race 7.
Rainbow 6 Gross Jackpot Pool Guarantee: $50,000
Gulfstream Park Press Release