Florida Tracks: Today and What’s Ahead

HorseracingFLA Staff Report

The racing week will begin this afternoon at Gulfstream Park and at Tampa Bay Downs, with conditions listed as fast and firm at both tracks.

Gulfstream has an 11-race card with first post at 12:35 p.m.  There will be considerable national attention because of a carryover of $4,003,307 in the Rainbow 6 on the last six races.

Gulfstream will have its regular Wednesday through Sunday schedule with first post at 12:35 p.m. each day.

This week’s only stakes races in Florida will be on Saturday at Gulfstream.

The $75,000 Cutler Bay is one mile on turf for males 3-YOs and up. The $75,000 Sanibel Island is one mile on turf for 3-YO fillies.

Tampa Bay Downs has ten races today, with first post at 12:25 p.m.  Four races are scheduled for turf. According to the Weather Channel, there is a zero percent chance of rain in and around Oldsmar where the track is located.P1050943

Tampa Bay Downs also will have racing this Friday and Saturday with first posts of 12:25 p.m. But it will not have racing this Sunday March 27, which is Easter Sunday.

Rainbow 6

The Rainbow 6 is on races six to 11, with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m.

Six races, including four in the Rainbow 6, are scheduled for the turf which is listed as firm. According to the Weather Channel, there is just a 20 percent chance of rain this afternoon in and around Hallandale Beach where Gulfstream is located.

On our blog this afternoon, we will have a preview of the Rainbow 6 and will monitor it.

The carryover is second largest in Rainbow 6 history, trailing one that reached almost $6.4 million in May 2014.
It keeps growing because Sunday was the 49th straight day without the jackpot-hitting requirement of just one ticket with the winners of all six Rainbow 6 races.

Today, Thursday and Friday will be the final three race days before Saturday’s mandatory payout of the day’s pool and full carryover–no matter the number of winning tickets.
— Tampa Bay Downs Photo by Barry Unterbrink