$75,000 Not Surprising Headlines 12-Race Card; Video: Nicoletti’s Best Bet and Longshot in Rainbow 6 $464,802 Carryover
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 will be held Saturday at Gulfstream Park with bettors’ hopes of taking down a life-changing score riding high.
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot stands at $464,802.90 going into Saturday’s 12-race program that gets under way at 12:20 p.m. The pool is expected to grow to $2.5 million Saturday or more after Rainbow 6 betting.
The popular multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the 14 racing days since a lucky ticketholder broke the jackpot May 29 for a $400,000 payoff.
Gulfstream host and analyst Ron Nicoletti gives his Rainbow 6 ticket with a best bet and longshot:https://youtu.be/1dTEv1dwyRQ
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is usually 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 usually goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool. However, on mandatory-payout days, the entire pool is paid out to the bettor or bettors with the most winners in the six-race sequence.
The $75,000 Not Surprising, a stakes for 3-year-olds scheduled for a mile on turf, will be featured on Saturday’s program, as well as the mandatory payout that is always popular with bettors looking for a big payday.
The search for a ‘single’ in Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence (Races 7-12), may prove to be challenge for handicappers. The sequence will be kicked off by a $12,500 maiden claiming race for 3-year-olds and up. The 5 ½-furlong dash that drew a field of 10 will likely be a popular ‘spread race.’
Race 8 is a starter optional claiming allowance scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf. Efren Loza Jr.-trained Kartano, who finished a close third in the English Channel last time out, is rated as the 7-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 10. Tellington, who finished second in his first start for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., is likely to be included in many Rainbow 6 tickets. Should the Race be taken off the turf, Gods Promise, the only main-track only entrant, is slated to make his first start for trainer Jorge Delgado, who has been deadly with horses off the claim.
A $16,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs follows in Race 9. Kathern’s Joy, who missed earning his diploma by a neck against slightly weaker company, is rated as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a field of nine. Boldness, who had a troubled trip from the rail post in his debut against better, may be viewed as a solid value play for bettors who are fans of trainer David Fawkes.
Saffie Joseph Jr. figures to be well-represented in Race 10 weather the $12,500 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up stays on turf or is moved to the main track. Calabash will be looking to make amends after finishing an even fourth at 3-5 in his first start for Joseph. Berhanu, a main-track-only entrant, rated at 5-2, is slated for a drop from $25,000 company.
Union Gap has shown he knows how to win, having won three in a row but the 5-2 morning-line favorite is slated to jump from the bottom level to the $12,500 claiming level for Race 11, a mile race for 3-year-olds and up.
The Rainbow 6 sequence concludes in Race 12, a $12,500 maiden claimer for 3-year-olds and up that is scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on turf. Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Kick in the Gas, the 8-5 morning-line favorite formerly trained by Christophe Clement, drops from a fourth-place finish in his April 10 debut against $35,000 maiden claimers. With no main-track-entrants, handicapping the race should prove most testing should the race be moved to the main track.
Another Rainbow 6 mandatory payout is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30 on the final program of the fiscal year. A racing card will also be conducted on Thursday, July 1, the first day of the new fiscal year. There will be no live racing next Friday leading up to the Fourth of July Weekend. The holiday weekend will be highlighted by the Summit of Speed program on Saturday, July 3, featuring the $350,000 Princess Rooney Invitational (G2), a seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ sprint for fillies and mares; the $200,000 Smile Sprint Invitational (G3), a six-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds and up; and the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint, a five-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up, Sunday, July 4.
NOTE: Trainer Kathleen O’Connell sent three horses to the track Friday and all three were winners. O’Connell won with Well Defined ($3.20) in the second, World Gone Wild ($9.80) in the sixth and Gingeronmymind ($12) in the ninth.
Gulfstream Park Press Release
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