BALTIMORE, Md. – A Maryland state record carryover jackpot of nearly $1 million in the Rainbow 6 awaits bettors Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, and Maryland Jockey Club host and analyst Naomi Tukker and guest handicapper Scott Wykoff of WBAL Radio have some thoughts about the 20-cent wager, which begins in Race 3.
Tukker believes Pat’s Factor (5-2) in Race 8 is a horse that must be used when constructing tickets as the 3-year-old gelding returns to the turf for trainer Dale Capuano. His turf race on May 13 “was his career best performance, only getting beat by a head,” Tukker said. “I love him getting back to turf and distance” after finishing off the board on the main track May 30.
Tukker’s longshot play in the sequence is American Piper (12-1) in the fourth race, or second leg of the sequence. The son of Big Brown cuts back in distance to five furlongs. “Last time out he dueled the majority of the way in a very tough maiden special weight going a mile on the turf in New York at Belmont,” Tukker said.
Video Naomi Tukker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaUG7Wud1DM
Wykoff, who has constructed an $86.40 ticket, is counting on a single in the fourth race in Fake I D, a gelded son of Big Drama coming off a five-month layoff after finishing second by a nose in his turf debut against similar company back in January.
“I’m putting plenty of faith in my lone single coming off a layoff,” Wykoff admitted. “The 4-year-old gelding really upped his game when trainer Sarah Nagle moved him to the turf in his second career start in January at Gulfstream.”
Wykoff’s Rainbow 6 Ticket
Race 3: 1,2,4
Race 4: 1
Race 5: 1,3,5
Race 6: 3,4,6,13
Race 7: 3,6,7
Race 8: 5,6,8,11
First race post time Saturday is 12:40 ET.
Maryland Jockey Club Press Release
Photo: Naomi Tukker, left (Maryland Jockey Club) and Scott Wykoff (Scott Wykoff Facebook)