Gulfstream Preview: Carryovers on Rainbow 6 and on Super Hi 5 are Attractions
HorseracingFLA Staff Report
Following this week’s rare dark day on a Wednesday, Gulfstream Park will resume racing on Thursday with 11 races and first post time of 12:35 p.m.
The dirt track is listed as fast and the turf course is listed as firm. Five races are scheduled for turf.
The main attraction for many bettors will be the carryover of $2,178,642 on the Rainbow 6 on the day’s last six races. The sequence begins on the sixth race with scheduled post of 3:05 p.m.
This afternoon on our blog, we will look ahead at several of the Rainbow 6 races.
In the first race there is a carryover of $20,111.02 on the Super Hi 5. It is likely that bettors will add $30,000 or more in the first race, and the pool should grow sharply if the bet goes several races without being hit.
The first race is a $40,000 maiden special weight at seven furlongs on dirt for Florida-bred 3-year-olds. It has seven entrants following the morning scratch of Sir Hannoun.
The Super Hi 5 requires picking the first five finishers in correct order. If there are no tickets with that order, Gulfstream puts the entire pool into the carryover. There are no consolation payoffs.
Gulfstream has the Super Hi 5 on all races with seven or more betting interests. It is a $1 minimum bet, with wheels and boxes permitted.
Nobody hit the Super Hi 5 in the 12th and final race on Sunday—which had a parade of long shots in a 12-horse field.
Brianna’s Bucket, at 8-1, was the winner. The next four finishers were at 20-1 or higher.
Thus the entire pool from that bet has been carried over to today’s first race.
The Rainbow 6 carryover has been growing because there have been 35 consecutive race days when there has not been just one ticket with the winners of all six races.
The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent per combination only bet. with multiple horses permitted in each race. For example, a ticket with two horses in each race has 64 combinations and costs $12.80.
Gulfstream pays out the full Rainbow 6 pool of the day’s bets (minus the 20 percent takeout) plus the carryover only on days when there is just one ticket with all six winners.
On other days Gulfstream divides 56 percent of the day’s bets among those bettors holding tickets with the most winners and adds 24 percent to the carryover.
The most recent day with a single Rainbow 6 winner was Jan. 13, when it was hit for $76,799.38.