Race of the Week 2017

Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $383,045

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The carryover jackpot for the 20-cent Rainbow 6 swelled to $383,045.44 Wednesday, when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 18th straight racing day at Gulfstream Park.                       

The 20-cent Rainbow 6, which requires a bettor to hold the only ticket with all six winners in order to hit the jackpot, has been building since Jan. 10, when a single bettor cashed for $30,670.26.            

There were multiple tickets with the winners of the last six races on Wednesday’s card, resulting in a payoff of $5205.86 for the 20-cent base wager            

The Rainbow 6 has undergone two key changes for the current meeting. In addition to the base wager being raised from 10 cents to 20 cents, a greater portion of the daily handle for the Rainbow 6 has been returned to winning tickets on days when the jackpot goes unsolved, resulting in a carryover. If no one holds a unique ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors with the most winners, while 30 percent goes into the carryover pool. Previously, the split was 60-40 percent.             

Golden Lad Scores Third Straight in Wednesday Feature            

Golden Lad ($6) withstood a stretch-long challenge by Suns Out Guns Out to prevail by a neck in Wednesday’s featured ninth race, a $54,400 optional claiming allowance.            

The 4-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.17 under jockey Jose Lezcano while winning for the third straight time at the Gulfstream meeting.            

“I thought it was a very game performance. He was under a drive from a long way out and kept his head in front, kept on fighting,” Pletcher said. “I’ve always thought he was a nice horse. It’s taken a while for everything to come together, but it looks like it has in the last couple months, and he keeps moving forward.”            

Golden Lad, whose previous two victories were accomplished in one-turn mile races, was stretching out around two turns for the first time since finishing second in a Saratoga allowance last summer.            

“I’ve always felt he’d be a two-turn horse and that a mile and an eighth and farther wouldn’t bother him,” Pletcher said. “We’ll look for a stake of some sort. Maybe a race like the Skip Away (G3, March 29) here at the end of March would be on the radar.”            

Suns Out Guns Out and jockey Corey Lanerie finished two lengths clear of Atigun and jockey Javier Castellano.     

Who’s Hot: Jockey Luis Saez, who is scheduled to ride champion Will Take Charge in Sunday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream, rode three winners Wednesday. He visited the winner’s circle aboard back-to-back long shots, Goodboycharlie ($33.20) in the third and Elusive Success ($20.80) in the fourth, before winning the 10th-race finale with Malibu Blues ($9.40).             

Apprentice jockey Dylan Davis also doubled with victories aboard Cocoanut Row ($5.40) in the first and Saturdayatbernies ($6.20) in the sixth.            

Rainbow 6 Carryover: $383,045.44


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