By Jim Freer and Barry Unterbrink
Friday on our blog we said we expected that wet conditions would result in a bigger than usual number of tickets with all six winners in the Gulfstream Park Rainbow 6.
We were on target. There were 53 winning Rainbow 6 tickets and each paid $511.82 on the 20-cent only bet.
That was the highest number of winning Rainbow 6 tickets since this past Aug. 9. That day there were 59 winning tickets and each paid $413.00.
With multiple winning tickets the carryover grew from $69,302 to $81,024 and is six days old.
On Saturday the Rainbow 6 will be on races seven to 12 with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:52 p.m.
The card has twelve races with first post of 12:45 p.m.
Gulfstream has two stakes races on Saturday.
The $75,000 Trinniberg is six furlongs on dirt for 3-year-olds and up. It is the fifth race with scheduled post of 2:47 p.m.
The $100,000 Sheer Drama is seven furlongs on dirt for Florida-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. It is the 11th race with scheduled post of 6:03 p.m.
We will have a preview on our blog later this morning, along with a report on Friday’s two stakes races.
Deland won the $75,000 Mo Exception at one mile on dirt for 3-years and up.
One of a Kind won the $75,000 The Vid for 3-year-olds and up. It was 1 1/16 miles on dirt—originally scheduled for turf. Scratches reduced the number of starters to four.
Friday Rainbow 6
As rain fell, Gulfstream late Friday morning moved its five scheduled-for-turf races to the dirt track that was listed as sloppy and was sealed. That gave bettors ample time for wet-track handicapping the Rainbow 6 sequence that began on the fourth race at 3:30 p.m.
Scratches reduced the number of Rainbow 6 starters to 40, the lowest starter tally since May 6th, when 36 horses ran those 6 races. That lessened the chance of a single ticket with all six winners that woud take down the jackpot of the full carryover plus 80 percent of the day’s Rainbow 6 bets.
Wagering on the Rainbow 6 was a low $48,856.
Gulfstream took out 20 percent, divided 56 percent among winning tickets and added 24 percent to the carryover.
Numbers on the winning horses were 5-7-6-7-7-11. None were at higher odds than 6-1.
In all nine races the winner was no worse than third after a half mile—making it still another day when speed held up in the slop.
For Saturday, the Weather Channel forecast is for a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms during racing hours. We will have reports on track conditions on our blog at insidefloridahorseracing.blogspot.com