Gulfstream plans a 9 race card starting at 2:15 PM today for it’s Friday twilight racing schedule. Five turf races are planned. Last post is 6:34 PM, with music from 7-11 PM in the Sport of Kings Lounge on level 3.
A normal ho-hum summer Thursday turned very exciting after the third race, when Responding to Global won the 4th race at 12:1 – the start of the Rainbow 6. That was followed by Sweetheart Deal’s win of the 6th in the 2-year-old run at 26:1. Then the last race win by I Turn A Night Up at 8.7:1 odds was the clincher.
That combination of wins was enough to ferret out a single winner in the Rainbow 6 wager. The single winning 20 cent wager took down the carryover of $2,873,391 from Sunday’s racing, PLUS 80% of today’s pool of $347,510. Gulfstream’s takeout is 20% on the Rainbow 6. The winning post numbers were 4-8-7-3-2-4. Before tax: $3,151,249, enough to buy some quality race horses!
Our records from the Equibase™ charts show this as the largest Rainbow 6 payoff in at least 3-1/2 years.
The next highest payoff was May 10th, 2018 where $1,214,281 was hit. That was also a Thursday race day. Gulfstream will likely deliver a more detailed report on the win. We feel it’s a big syndicate that went “all in” or close to that on the race card. With 54 starters, it would cost $100,000 to cover all combinations of the wager ($99,792 to be exact); 498,960 twenty-cent wagers. Our congratulations to the winner or winners on this tough wager in thoroughbred racing.
The Rainbow 6 wager will start fresh Friday with no carryover. The mandatory payout still stands to be done on Sunday afternoon, regardless of the carryover or number of winners. We expect wagering to be light this early in the Rainbow 6 cycle, except Saturday’s Summit of Speed races.
The Late Pick 5 paid handsomely too: $24,707 and the Pick 4 paid $10,808.
The sole Friday carryover will be the Super Hi-5 wager in race 1 with $4,339.