By HorseracingFLA Staff
Saturday, July 11 – Gulfstream Park will have eleven races on Saturday, with first post time of 1:00 p.m.
There will be no stakes races. But there will be large guarantees and the prospect of some big payoffs on multi-race bets late in the afternoon. The featured ninth race, an optional claimer on turf, will be part of that mix.
Most notable is the Rainbow 6, which requires picking the winners in each of the day’s last six races. Gulfstream has guaranteed that Saturday’s payout will be at least $150,000 if there is a single winning ticket.
Gulfstream pays out the full Rainbow 6 pool (day’s bets plus carryover) only on days when there is just one ticket with all six winners.
On other days it divides 70 percent of the day’s Rainbow 6 bet among tickets with six winners and adds the remaining 30 percent to the carryover.
Friday was the sixth straight day on which there were multiple winners on that 20-cent only bet, thus raising the carryover for Saturday to $70,873.
It is likely that bettors at Gulfstream and around the country will wager enough on Saturday to bring the pool up to $150,000. If not, Gulfstream will make up the shortfall if there is a single winner.
The Rainbow 6 will start with the sixth race, which has a scheduled post of 3:30 p.m. The six races have 66 entrants, including horses that are Main Track Only and those that are Also Eligibles.
On Friday there were multiple Rainbow 6 winning tickets, with each getting $4,877.28
The Rainbow 6 is 20 cents-only per combination. A ticket can have multiple horses in each race, and thus multiple combinations.
For example, a ticket with two horses per race has 64 combinations and costs $12,80.
In addition to the Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot, Gulfstream has guaranteed that Saturday’s pools for both the Late Pick 4 (Races 8-11) and the Pick 5 (Races 7-11) will be at least $50,000.
The featured ninth race will be a key part of all of the late multi-race bets.
It is a $16,000 optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds and up, with a $40,000 purse.
There are 14 entrants, including two that are Main Track Only. There is just a 20 percent forecast of rain in the Hallandale Beach area this afternoon, indicating the race will stay on the turf.
My Cowboy and Browns Gap, both with early speed, and the late-running Concert Stage are among likely favorites.
My Cowboy is coming off an impressive third place finish in the $60,000 King Cugat Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream on June 20.
He led until deep stretch before being caught by the highly regarded My Point Exactly and by Black Martino.
My Point Exactly won by a neck over Black Martino, with My Cowboy another neck behind in third. The winning time was a fast 1:40.88.
Eddie Castro will ride My Cowboy today for trainer Monte Thomas.