The pool for Monday’s 20-cent Rainbow Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park could reach $16 million or more if it is not hit on Sunday (which seems unlikely), making it the biggest potential payoff in history.
I am not a big fan of these jackpot wagers that require having the unique ticket in order to take down the pool. But any time there is a mandatory payout, the wager is worth taking a big jump into the pool.
The record single payout to a Rainbow 6 winner is $3,591,245.44, which occurred on Feb. 22, 2013. On July 2, 2007 at Hollywood Park the Pick 6 pool hit $10,870,852.60. There were 13 winners and each ticket was worth $576,064.40.
Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow 6 had a mandatory payout on April 23, 2011 with a $1.4 million carryover. The total pool that afternoon jumped to $5.1 million after $3.5 million was bet into it. There were 1,311 winning tickets each worth $3,279.26.
Before scratches the six-race sequences has fields of 12-11-12-11-12-12, and several of the races have also-eligibles, and there are no free squares.
The first race of the sequence is the fifth race with a post of 4:05pm (ET), a maiden special weight race on turf for three-year-olds and upward. The Ralph Nicks trained Steel N Pack is the 3-1 morning line favorite off a runner up finish in his debut. However the colt made his debut for $50,000 and steps up in class.
The sixth race is also a maiden special weight affair, going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track for fillies and mares. The race features three first time starters, with Pekinesa the 5-2 morning line favorite. The filly is coming off three consecutive runner up finishes.
It is back on turf for the seventh race, a $62,500 optional claimer that drew a dozen along with one also-eligible. Philly Ace is the 5-2 morning line favorite but drew the 12 post, while second choice Joes Blazing Aaron (3-1) has lost 13 in a row.
The eighth race is the cheapest race on the card, with restricted $6,250 claimers going six furlongs on the main track. The Peter Walder trained Karla and Me is the 3-1 favorite and is taking the class plunge after running for $25,000 in his first start for the barn.
The ninth race features a full field of first level optional claimers going 1 1/16 miles on turf. Cage Fighter (5-2) comes in having won three of his last four starts for the Mike Maker barn. His biggest threat appears to be Balthazar (3-1) who makes his second start off the bench.
Good luck, as the finale is a $12,500 maiden race on turf. Maker sends out Tohaveandtohold (3-1), who was off poorly in her debut and came with a good late run to finish third. She may end up getting overbet, so this may be a race to spread.
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