HorseracingFLA Staff Report
The Gulfstream Park West meet this afternoon will begin the final four-day stretch of its 40 days of racing.
Gulfstream Park is holding the meet at Calder, under a lease agreement with that track.
There will be ten GP West races today with first post time of 12:35 p.m. First post will be 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and 12:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The only stakes races during the four days will be on Saturday, when there will be four stakes for 2-year-olds.
(Note: The photo on the home page is of fans at GP West and was taken by Barry Unterbrink, business manager of horseracingFLA).
There will be a $55,905.76 carryover today on the Rainbow 6.
And there is the prospect of a much bigger carryover on Sunday, the meet’s closing day, when there would be a mandatory payout of the full pool if the Rainbow 6 “jackpot” is not hit prior to then.
The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent per combination only bet on the day’s last six races, today the fifth through tenth.
At its own track and at the GP West meet, 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 pool (minus the 20 percent takeout) among tickets with the most winners and adds the other 30 percent to the carryover.
There were no tickets sold with all six winners Sunday, the most recent GP West race day. Tickets with five of six winners were each worth $3,782.46. The carryover has been growing since Nov. 8, when there was one winning ticket that paid $75,095.92.
A state law prohibits a track from continuing a multi-race carryover from one meet to another. Thus there is the requirement of the full payout on Saturday. Because of the mandatory payout there is the prospect that $200,000 or more will be bet on the Rainbow 6–and that the pool would be $300,000 or more.
Gulfstream will begin its 2015-2016 championship meet on Dec. 5, and will start a new Rainbow 6 pool that day.