Florida Tracks Looking to Weekend Stakes
HorseRacingFLA Staff Report
Racing will resume at Gulfstream Park and at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday afternoon, amid the excitement of a Rainbow 6 carryover above $1.35 million at Gulfstream and the anticipation of this weekend’s stakes races at both tracks.
The Wednesday action at Gulfstream will start at 11:00 a.m. with the draw for post positions for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (Grade 1). It will be one of nine stakes races on the Saturday card. Entries for the full Saturday card will be announced on Wednesday afternoon.
On the track on Wednesday, Gulfstream has an 11-race card with first post at 12:35 p.m.
The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $1,354,777. It is on races six to 11 with the sequence set to start at 3:02 p.m.
The carryover has been growing because Sunday was the 23rd straight race day without the jackpot payoff requirement of just one ticket with the winners of all six Rainbow 6 races. The jackpot on the 20-cent only bet consists of 80 percent of the day’s Rainbow 6 bet plus the full carryover.
At Tampa Bay Downs, the Wednesday card has nine races with first post of 12:55 p.m.
On Sunday, Tampa Bay will have the 15th annual Florida Cup with six stakes races. All of those races have $100,000 purses and are restricted to Florida breds. Entries for the track’s Sunday races will be announced Thursday afternoon.
We will be at Gulfstream on Wednesday and will have coverage, including the Florida Derby draw, on our blog which can be accessed on the menu bar at the top of this Web site’s home page.