Gulfstream Park ends its Spring-Summer Meet today, with it’s 109th day of live racing dating back to early April. Next Wednesday the racing shifts to Gulfstream Park West (the former Calder Race Course, 8 miles West) for 40 days of racing. We are excited to enter Fall here when the weather cools and you can spend more time outside. The horses no doubt welcome the end of summer racing also. Check our blog this afternoon for race updates. http://insidefloridahorseracing.blogspot.com
Today’s card is 11 races, including 6 on the turf, with a 113 starters planned. Wager-wise, it’s mandatory payout day for the late Pick-5, Super Hi-5, and Rainbow 6 bets. That means that the carryover and new pool money will be paid no matter the number of winners.
The Rainbow 6 carried over on Saturday, and is the sole carryover at $137,215. Last year’s closing day tallied $162,000 as the pool with 5 winners, but the carryover was just $33,000 or so then. The six races (6-11) in the sequence include 2 two-year-old races and a field size of 68. The 6th race starts at about 3:52 PM according to Gulfstream.
Saturday’s action saw huge fields with 139 starters, and almost a $10 million all sources handle. The 14 races surprised a few of us, as just 4 races were won by the odds-favorite, and an 8:1 and 12:1 won the 9th and 10th races to increase the Rainbow 6 payout. It paid $21,386 for 6 of 6 with a pool of $114,580. Sixty-nine entrants ran Saturday.
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Barry Unterbrink and Jim Freer