Racing last weekend produced no unique winners in Gulfstream
Park’s Rainbow 6 jackpot, so the carryover currently stands at $6,119,550 going
into today’s 8-race card. The weekend’s racing is highlighted by Saturday’s
Flying Pidgeon Stakes, featuring 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, Little Mike.
In an interesting plot twist, Gulfstream Park has decided to
move up the mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 to Monday Memorial Day, May 26th.
If no one hits it before then the carryover pool should be near $7,000,000.
“Since the end of our Championship Meet our guests, fans and
customers have been asking for us to move the mandatory payout, and many
specifically said Memorial Day would be the perfect weekend,” Gulfstream Park
President Tim Ritvo said. “In our effort to always listen to our customers, we
petitioned the state to change the date of the Rainbow 6 and we were granted
Other tracks will have high-caliber stakes races planned for
Memorial Day, but much of the country’s focus will be on the Rainbow 6 and the
potential of a total pool of $20 million and the largest payout in American
pari-mutuel wagering history.
“We believe having the mandatory payout on Memorial Day will
be a memorable one for one or several of our players. All the major tracks will
be in action on Memorial Day, there will be some big races, and it will provide
us the best reach to all our loyal customers. We’ll have some specials planned
that day on-track as well,” Ritvo said.
Though entries for Memorial Day’s races are released on
Thursday, May 22nd, glancing at the condition bood for that day, it
does not appear any special races will be added. It looks to be a 10-race card
that currently will have 2 turf races. If all the races don’t fill, 2 of the
possible 4 substitute races are carded for the grass. If this weekend’s entries
are any indication, expect full fields for the May 26th card. Since
Tampa Bay Downs concluded racing on May 4th, field sizes have been
on the rise.
Last week players were rewarded with payout that greatly
exceeded the parlay all three days. The same is expected this weekend, too, as
many players will be playing all sorts of combinations in order to be the lone
winner, which in turn creates inflated mutuals on logical outcomes.
Look for next week’s blog to be out Friday morning, where I
will discuss strategies for putting pick 6 tickets together and some horses to
focus on as you draw up your tickets.