When Gulfstream Park resumes racing on Thursday, it will be the 68th day of the Spring-Summer meet that began back in April. A 10-race card is planned, with first post at 2:00 PM; twilight racing they call it, as last post is 6:37 PM. Sunday’s racing action saw 11 races with no off-turf races.
The weather is affecting the track conditions of late, as 8 races were moved off-the-turf last week. That produces more scratches, and makes handicapping harder. It does reduce the field sizes for the multi-race wagers (Pick-4, Pick-5, Rainbow 6) which is a plus for handicapping. 70 winners pocketed $1,212 Sunday on the Rainbow 6, as the favorites won 4 of the six legs of that bet.
To wit: Thursday’s Rainbow 6 has 54 horses entered, about average – but could decline to the mid-to-high 40’s after scratches. That’s worth noting, with a $448,229 jackpot up for grabs. The Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers have no carryovers, while the Super Hi-5 shows a $2,189 carryover, likely to be run in race 1 with 10 starters.
Race 5 kicks off the Rainbow 6 at 4:00 PM ET. That race is a maiden special weight for 2 year-old fillies on the dirt, a tough handicap to start off your wagers. We recommend to wager late as possible on the late races mentioned, as the weather and track conditions can change quickly.