Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 for Today: $58,791 Carryover with Deep Fields

By Jim Freer

Friday, July 10 —  There were multiple winners of the Rainbow 6 bet at Gulfstream  Park again on Thursday, thus increasing the carryover to $58,791 for today’s race card.

Today’s total Rainbow 6 pool,  of the day’s bets plus the carryover, likely will be more than  $100,000.

If the current five-day run of  multiple winning tickets continues into next  week, momentum could start building  toward another mandatory ‘million dollar-plus Rainbow 6  payout.

That happens several  times a year at Gulfstream. And the Rainbow 6 frenzy is especially important to the track between April  and November, by  helping it draw additional simulcast and ADW bettors during its non – Championship Meet months.

Gulfstream will have nine races today, with first post time of 1:00 p.m.

The Rainbow 6, a 20-cent only bet, will be on the day’s fourth through  ninth races,

Those six races are all  claiming races,  and have  a total  of 59  entrants.  That presents  a handicapping challenge that Gulfstream management often strives for in the Rainbow 6.

If there is no single winner today, the carryover could  be close to $100,000 on Saturday.

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.

Thursday was the  fifth day of Gulfstream’s summer meet and the fifth consecutive day on which there were multiple winners  of the Rainbow 6.

On Thursday, wagering on the Rainbow 6 was $52,168.

It was part of $3,153,315  in all-sources handle on the day’s Gulfstream  races. Each winning Rainbow 6 ticket paid $4,866.68.

The payout was buoyed by the win by Island Dude,  at 14:1, in the eighth and  final race.

Island Dude took the lead  coming out of the final  turn in the 7 1/2 furlong turf race and won by 4 1/2 lengths in the 11-horse field, where all had claiming prices of $25,000 or of $30,000,

Eduardo Nunez rode Island Dude, a 3-year-old gelding owned by Blackacre Farms and trained by Kathleen  O’Connell.

Most tracks’ Pick 6 is a $2 minimum bet.

Gulfstream’s version  is geared toward  the smaller bettor  and teams of those bettors,

It 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.

When  the carryover reaches a high level, often $500,000  to $1 million, or near the close of a  race meet Gulfstream will have a  mandatory payout  of the  entire pool–even  if there are multiple winning tickets.

The last  big  mandatory payout was on Sunday June 28.

The carryover heading  into the day was $383,473.  Bettors at Gulfstream  and around the country combined to wager an additional $714,825 on the  Rainbow 6.

That produced a pool of $1,098,298.  Each  winning ticket paid $30,929.94.

Gulfstream will have eleven races  on Saturday and  ten  races  on  Sunday. There are no stakes races  either day.

But there will be large fields  in  the Rainbow  6 races.

On Saturday, the Rainbow 6 races  have  66 entrants and  on  Sunday those races  have 73  entrants–both days including  Main Track Only  and  Also  Eligibles.

Daily first post time  is 1 p.m.  for the summer meet,  with  racing  on  Thursdays through Sundays until Oct. 3.



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