HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved by one lucky bettor Friday at Gulfstream Park for a life-changing jackpot payout of $1,200,305.88.
Jockey Corey Lanerie guided Lauren Robson, Naser Buresli and Gary Potter’s Canelo ($67.20) – a 4-year-old Gemologist gelding making just his second career start – to a front-running 32-1 upset of Friday’s Race 10 finale to complete the winning 3-3-8-7-5-3 combination.
Other winners in the sequence were Souper Legacy ($4.60) in Race 5, American Starlet ($9.20) in Race 6, Bahamian Rhapsody ($25) in Race 7, Family Time ($30.80) in Race 8 and Collaborate ($7.60) in Race 9.
The Rainbow 6 had gone unsolved for 17 consecutive race days since last solved for a $407,067.66 payout Dec. 11. A total of $348,367 was put into the popular multi-race wager Friday, which had a guaranteed gross jackpot pool of $1.3 million.
Saturday’s 11-race program will feature a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6, which will have a guaranteed gross jackpot pool of $250,000.
The Rainbow 6 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.
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.
Saturday’s sequence – which starts at approximately 2:35 ET with the sixth race – features three turf races led by the $100,000 Tropical Turf (G3); a maiden special weight for 3-year-olds going one mile; two allowance optional claimers, and a maiden optional claimer.
Race 6 – $35,000 claimer for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles (turf)
The nine-horse field has a 5-2 favorite in Tackle, a second-place finisher in his last against similar at Aqueduct Dec. 5 for trainer Mike Maker. Both Holy Emperor (5-1) and Maker of an Empire (6-1) come out of the same race last time. Holy Emperor, fourth after going five wide, is ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., while Maker of an Empire, fractious in the gate last out, gets Luis Saez. Caribbean Gold goes first time out off the claim for Bobby Dibona, while Rally Squirrel goes first time off the claim for Mike Maker.
Race 7 – $60,000 maiden special weight for 3-year-olds at 1 mile
Calipari, a son of Curlin making his first start for trainer Todd Pletcher, is sure to attract attention. He’s out of the graded stakes-placed mare Centrique and comes into the race with a ‘bullet’ work Jan. 2. Irad Ortiz Jr., is named to ride. Pletcher will also saddle Charge It, a son of Tapit making his debut for owner-breeder Whisper Hill Farm LLC. Saez will ride. Touch Code, second in his debut Dec. 11 going a mile at Gulfstream, goes out for trainer Bill Mott. Volcanic returns to the races for trainer Mark Casse off a four-month layoff after a seventh-place finish in the Hopeful (G1). Trainer Shug McGaughey sends out first-time starter Trending, a son of Uncle Mo out of Theyskens’ Theory, a graded stakes-placed mare.
Race 8 – $100,000 Tropical Turf (G3) for 4-year-olds and up 1 mile (turf)
Largent, the 9-5 favorite, will use this race as a possible prep for the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1). But some may believe the 6-year-old is vulnerable since he will be making his first start since finishing second a year ago in the Pegasus Turf to stablemate Colonel Liam. Chad Brown will saddle Value Proposition, who will seek his first graded stakes victory. The 6-year-old won the Red Bank and Oyster Bay in the fall and is graded stakes placed. Calumet Farm’s Flying Scotsman makes his second start off a seven-month layoff. The son of English Channel finished fifth in his return in a race taken off the turf.
Race 9 – $54,000 allowance optional claimer for 4-year-olds and up state breds at 6 furlongs
There’s a 9-5 morning-line favorite in Twice too Many, who was claimed for $35,000 by trainer Rohan Crichton, broke his maiden against special company, and finished second last out under similar conditions. Twice too Many has one victory and six seconds and has been a beaten favorite in five of his last 10 starts. Raise the Rent will go out first off the claim for Kelly Breen, who is 22-percent first time in the barn. Doo Wop Don was just claimed by Mary Eppler for $6,250 and an 8 ¾ length victory. Saez has the mount.
Race 10 – $61,000 allowance optional claimer for fillies and mares at 6 furlongs
Ten go to post in a wide-open event. We Miss Susie, trained by Jane Cibelli, is five for seven at the distance and has three wins at Gulfstream. Stakes placed Psychic Ability returns after a seven-month layoff for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. Sprout Wings has won of three of four starts for trainer Terri Pompay. Michael Stidham saddles Wild America, a $400,000 yearling purchase for Phoenix Ladies Syndicate.
Race 11 – $43,000 maiden optional claimer for 3-year-old state breds at 1 mile turf
The Rainbow 6 concludes with another wide-open event. Donegal Racing’s Gooch Go Bragh gets Lasix and blinkers for trainer Todd Pletcher. He finished second and fourth in the With Anticipation in his starts on the turf in the summer. Arindel’s Globes returns after a 2 ½ month layoff. The gelded son of Brethren was fourth in the Journeyman Stud Juvenile in October. Christophe Clement sends out Charming Charlie, who enters off a fifth-place finish against open company at Aqueduct Dec. 5. Fans of Van Morrison’s will take a close look at Astral Weeks, a son of Mohaymen who makes his second start and first on the turf for Michael Stidham.
Collaborate Returns a Winner in Friday Featured Allowance
Three Chimneys Farm and e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Collaborate made a triumphant return to the races in his 4-year-old debut, splitting horses in deep stretch and sprinting clear to a 1 ¾-length victory in Friday’s featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park.
The optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up was the first race for Collaborate, a $600,000 son of Into Mischief, since finishing sixth in the Curlin last July at Saratoga. Ridden by Junior Alvarado for Championship Meet-leading trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., Collaborate completed 6 ½ furlongs over a fast main track in 1:15.49.
Alvarado, in a pickup mount from absent jockey Tyler Gaffalione, settled Collaborate in mid-pack as 19-1 long shot Violent City ran a quarter-mile in 22.51 seconds and a half in 45.11 under pressure from Bank On Shea with 3-2 favorite Mutasaabeq, who got shuffled back in traffic early on, in the clear three wide.
Collaborate was still stuck behind horses as the field left the far turn when Alvarado found room between Spun and Won and Mutasaabeq once straightened for home and accelerated through to quickly take command. Violent City dug in on the rail to hold second over a closing Chocolate Bar. Bank On Shea finished fourth and Mutasaabeq wound up fifth.
“I thought the whole race he was begging to get out for some room,” Joseph said. “As a big horse, he didn’t want him to get checked. It was impressive. He’s just a talented horse. His airway affects him goin two turns so he never gets to show his true ability, but he showed some of it today. We’ll just stick to one turn and hopefully he can have a big future. I think a one-turn mile is going to be his best distance. Today was a good comeback, as good as we can ask for.”
Collaborate was a 12 ½-length maiden special weight winner last February at Gulfstream in his second start, earning a shot in the Florida Derby (G1), where he ran fifth following a troubled start. Collaborate was then third in the 6 ½-furlong Roar in the spring and won an entry-level optional claiming allowance over the summer at Gulfstream prior to the Curlin.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. rode two winners for the second straight day Friday, notching back-to-back scores on Weight of Glory ($7.40) in Race 2 and Partner’s Hope ($3.40) in Race 3. Oritz was unseated when his horse, Shea On a Mission, reared in the starting gate before Race 8. Ortiz took off his final two mounts of the day but was reported to be OK. … Corey Lanerie also doubled aboard Family Time ($30.80) in Race 8 and Canelo ($67.20) in Race 10.
Gulfstream Park Press Release
Photo- Lauren King