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Heading to Gulfstream, Chasing a Rainbow

Today I am heading to Florida on a 6pm flight from Newark Airport in New Jersey. I have been to Florida many times, but the only racetrack I have visited has been Tampa Bay Downs (I am not including several trips to the Derby Lane dog track to play poker). This figures to be an exciting trip, which will include my first visit to Gulfstream Park. The weekend will feature the Sunshine Millions, the Eclipse Awards, the ThoroFan brunch, and a visit to Hialeah Park.
 
I will also be escaping the wagering desert of New Jersey. Jersey residents are only permitted to wager at one of the state’s racetracks or through their online service, 4NJBets. The 4NJBets interface is very primitive compared to most of the other services. To make matters even worse we are excluded from exotic wagers like NYRA’s Grandslam and Gulfstream’s 10¢ Rainbow Pick 6. Thus, I am just as excited about wagering on Saturday’s Rainbow Pick 6.
 
As you know the Rainbow Pick 6 is a unique wager with unique rules.
From the Gulfstream Park website: “The Rainbow 6 requires selection of the first place finisher in each of six races. The entire net Rainbow 6 pool and carryover, if any, shall be distributed to the holder of a unique wager selecting the first place finisher in each of the selected six races. If there is no unique wager selecting the first place finisher in all six races, the major share of the Rainbow 6 pool shall be distributed as a single price pool to those who selected the first place finisher in the greatest number of races. The minor share shall be added to the, or create a, jackpot pool.”
 
I don’t fancy myself as the person who might hold that “unique wager” that would scoop the entire pool.  I am excited about trying for the consolation pick 6 that is funded when the unique wager does not happen because a “major share of the Rainbow 6 pool shall be distributed as a single price pool to those who selected the first place finisher in the greatest number of races.”
 
Normally the Pick 6 is out of my budget with its typical $2 base wager, but 10¢ is just right for this low roller.  The payouts for the daily 10¢ Pick 6 have been generous and I will be making a play at this Pick 6, which includes most of the Sunshine Millions races. 

 

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I never knew that about NJ wagering restrictions. You'll have a blast at GP. My only visit there was for the 2011 FL Derby. Place is beautiful, but packed. It wasn't built to handle a crowd of more than 20k. GL
This bet has SUCKER written all over it.......SYNDICATES are winning them and fleecing the rest of the crowd day in and day out.
Looking forward to a full couple of days in Florida with you, Matt!
Yea, amino, I searched and could not find what the actual % is that goes into the daily pool.
It would be nice if Gulfstream include what % of the daily pool constitutes the "major share", but your strategy could be an effective way of using the $ of the pot of gold seekers to line your pocket. Have fun and good luck.

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