Weekend Preview: Tampa Bay Festival; Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Carryover at $2.8 Million

HorseracingFLA Staff Report

Both Florida tracks are racing today, and both are in the national spotlight this weekend.

Tampa Bay Downs has a ten-race card today with first post of 12:25 p.m.  The dirt is listed as fast, and the turf is listed as firm.

On Saturday it will have its annual Festival Day, with four stakes races including the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2). Later today and on Saturday morning, we will have previews on this Web site and on our blog, and coverage on Saturday.

Gulfstream Park has a ten-race card today, with first post of 12:35 p.m.  The dirt is listed as fast and the turf is listed as firm.

There is a carryover today of $2,829,756 on the Rainbow 6 which requires picking the winners of each of the last six races. It is a 20-cent only bet.

It is on today’s fifth through tenth races, starting at 2:35 p.m.

The carryover is now among the five highest in the six-year history of the Rainbow 6.

It has grown because there have been 41 straight race dates without the jackpot-hitting requirement of there being just one ticket with all six winners.

The Rainbow 6 has a 20 percent takeout. On days with multiple winning tickets, Gulfstream divides 56 percent of the day’s bet among those tickets and puts 24 percent into the carryover.

Gulfstream has two stakes races on Saturday, both with $75,000 purses and both five furlongs on dirt.

The Silks Run is for males 4-YO and up. The Captiva Island is for fillies and mares 4-YO and up.