Gulfstream Park Closing Day Rainbow 6: Mandatory Payout

Gulfstream Park Closing Day Rainbow 6: Mandatory Payout
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It is closing day at Gulfstream Park and that can only mean one thing, they must dish out that pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow 6. The carryover stands at 150k at the moment, and if I had to guess, I’d imagine it could close in on a million as the horses enter the gate for the kickoff leg. Let’s delve into this thing and kick around some ideas before you finalize those tickets…


Race 5 – What a way to start the afternoon. We have a field of 9 bottom-level maiden claimers going 5 panels on the green. This is not exactly the most trustworthy bunch. My advice this leg is do not be afraid to take a shot. If you see a horse that catches your eye in the paddock or that is taking some unexpected money on the tote you may want to include him. With that said, I think the winner of this race is either Antares, Sequestrate, or Rock Idol. Antares is going out third off of a layoff and ran an improved race while trying turf for the first time last out. He has every right to improve this race. Sequestrate stumbled last out and may be better than appears on paper. Rock Idol is dropping down from the 25k level and goes out for the second time without the shades today and second off of a layoff. He may find himself on the lead and is worth a long shot look.

Race 6 – We have ourselves another doozy here as this time we are dealing with bottom level maidens on the main. I think you must spread this leg. The horses I found interesting were Mini Brew, Regal Presence, Follow Me Dot, Chica Chapina, and R Lovely Lindsay. Mini Brew is a logical second time starter that flashed speed in his debut and has a right to improve today. Regal Presence is a first time starter who may be worth including just because this field is not that strong. Follow Me Dot I am taking a stab with. She hasn’t race in well over a year, but at 20-1 on the morning line and a trainer who has popped with a price off the layoff before, I think she is worth a shot. Chica Chapina is a very logical contender as she is a second time starter adding blinkers today. And lastly, you have to include R Lovely Lindsay coming in off the barn change to Kirk Ziadie who is very sharp off these types of moves.


Race 7 – We get back on the green for this leg with 30k claimers going 1 1/16th miles. I landed on Charlie in Charge, Handsome Jack, and Saturday Special. Charlie in Charge is the class of the field and should be tough getting back on the grass second time off of a vacation. Handsome Jack I found interesting because he has speed and seemed to wake up while trying turf for the first time in his previous start while running a game second. Saturday Special must be respected off the barn change to Peter Walder. He is very sharp with new acquisitions.

Race 8 - I found this leg pretty tough and I think it is wise to spread in here. I really have no strong opinion, other than to spread, and I ended up using Lucasta, Desirable Lady, Phoebe Moon, Blonde Cat, and Daddys Jewel. Lucasta seems to be the speed of the speed and that is always a fine quality to have here at Gulfstream. Desirable Lady is too sharp to ignore and is a must include. Phoebe Moon is coming in off of a vacation for a trainer with nice numbers on this move and has proven she can fire fresh. Blonde Cat is also coming in off a layoff with some sharp local works on her tab. Daddys Jewel has run well since the barn switch and should be tough if she can hold her form.

Race 9 – I really like a pair of horses in here. I think You Never Learn and Two Hearts in One are the horses to beat. You Never Learn is a 5 time winner, a 5 time Gulfstream Park winner at that, who is going out second off the layoff after overcoming the 1 hole for the win last out in a 30k claimer. Two Hearts in One also is getting off the rail after a nice second last out in an optional claimer. She goes out second time after the barn switch to Walder and should enjoy breaking from the outside today. If I had to add one more it would be Corner the Market for David Fawkes. She is lightly raced and may improve on the stretch out to 7 panels.

Race 10 – I seethe last leg as a two horse race. I will be all in with Little Bart and Skibo in July. Little Bart should be the speed and I believe if he is ready off the layoff he should be tough to catch. If however, he is not indeed ready, I envision Skibo in July sitting a nice pressing trip ready to pounce on him should he get fatigued.

As always, I wish all you the best of luck at the windows. I hope I helped you secure your own opinions or turned you onto something you may have missed. Go get that pot of gold, guys!!!

 Meet Michael Barry   


 It all started 5 years ago for me after a spur of the moment trip to Saratoga Springs with my future wife.  I had always bet on the Triple Crown races, and made a few trips to Suffolk Downs annually, but not until that journey to The Spa did things get serious for me.  I fell in love with horse racing right then and there and I haven’t looked back since.  The following year I read every handicapping book I could get my hands on.  I became, and still am, a very passionate student of the game. 


Through this blog I hope to take you guys through my favorite aspect of the game, which is breaking down races and doping out winners.  I focus my attention between the NYRA circuit (mostly), Gulfstream Park, and Keeneland.  I also plan to provide very thorough coverage leading up to the Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup.  I love analyzing the prep races leading up to both of those grand events. 


Wagering wise, I love playing pick 4’s and 5’s, and I have enjoyed some success in the past playing those types of exotics.  In any given race, I try to attack based on strength of opinion and value.  That may be in the form of an exacta, trifecta, superfecta, daily double, pick 3, or by laddering my choice across the board.  Every race is its own animal and must be played accordingly.


Personally, I am a graduate of Boston University and reside on the South Shore of Massachusetts with my beautiful wife Tara and wonderful son Finn.  I work as a technician for a communications company by day. 


I can be found on Twitter @mbarry24 and I’m always up to discuss anything horse racing related.

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