Thursday at Gulfstream: Rainbow 6 Carryover Nears $400,00; Old Times Sake Heads Feature

By Jim  Freer

Wednesday, Aug. 25 – A  carryover of $393,366  in the Rainbow  6 will  be a big attraction at  Gulfstream  Park on Thursday as it begins another four-day week of summer thoroughbred horse racing.

Thursday’s Rainbow  6 will be  on  the fifth through tenth races.  It is a 20-cent only per combination bet with a 20% takeout.

First post this weekend is 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 12:45 p.m. on  Saturday.

The Rainbow 6 carryover has been growing since July 16. That was 23 Gulfstream race days ago, and the last day on which there was just one Rainbow 6 ticket with the winners of all six races. The payoff was $164,483.

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, Gulfstream divides 70 percent of the day’s Rainbow 6 bets among the multiple winning tickets and puts 30 percent into the carryover.

Thursday’s  Rainbow 6 races have 53 entrants, relatively small for the sequence.

The feature ninth race  is a $16,000 optional claimer at one mile on  dirt for 3-year-olds and up.  It has a $44,000 purse.

The race has just six entrants and for that reason should be a leg where many bettors will go for a single on their Rainbow 6 tickets.

Old Times Sake likely will get the most attention,  Top alternatives  would  be Rich Daddy and Thunder Basin, trained  by Kristin Mulhall who is enjoying fast success on her trips in from California.

Trainer Kristin Mulhall

Old Times Sake, a 4-year-old gelding, is making his first start off a claim  by high  percentage trainer Peter Walder and Looch Racing Stables.  The claim  from trainer-owner Herman Wilensky was on July 11  at Gulfstream when  Old Times Sake finished third in  an eight-horse field at seven furlongs on dirt.

Old  Times Sake has  finished  third of better in  eight of nine starts on Gulfstream’s  main track, and  has the highest recent  Brisnet speed figures and most consistent  running times in  the field.  He has three  wins at a mile on  dirt  at Gulfstream this year – but all  at the $6,250 level  and for three different trainers.

Walder has tabbed Harry Hernandez to ride.  He is second in Gulfstream wins this summer to Tyler Gaffalione, Each is a five-pound apprentice.

Rich Daddy has two wins and three third  place finishes in  five  Gulfstream  dirt starts and the race’s highest Brisnet figures other than Old Times Sake. Emisael  Jaramillo,  the recently arrived top  jockey from Venezuela, will ride Rich Daddy for trainer Jose Garoffalo

Assistants  will saddle Rich Daddy because Garoffalo is at Saratoga with  Wildcat Red.  That 4-year-old Gulfstream fan  favorite is entered in Saturday’s seven-furlong Forego  Stakes (Grade 1) at Saratoga.

Mulhall has about 20  horses at Gulfstream, some in  from  Southern  California  and some with owners in Florida. She has three wins and one second place finish among  five Gulfstream  starts

Thunder Basin,  4-year-old gelding,  was her first starter and first winner a Gulfstream in a one mile $35,000 maiden race on  Aug. 6.  He is  facing winners for the first time. Eddie Castro has the return  mount.

Saraguano, another recent maiden  winner at one mile,  and Thunder Basin appear to be the early speed.  Saraguano  is  on the rail and Thunder Basin  is in post four in  he one-turn race

Mr.  Amos, winless in five Gulfstream  dirt starts, and Sonofaderbywinner, who has  never raced beyond seven furlongs, complete the field.

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