The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved Friday at Gulfstream Park, ensuring a guaranteed pool of $100,000 for the popular multi-race wager heading into Saturday’s 10-race program.
No bettor had a unique ticket with the winners of the last six races on Friday. Including a carryover of 45,117 from Thursday’s card, the Rainbow 6 pool swelled to $97,970 with one horse in the finale, No. 2 Mitote, alive to take down the jackpot.
Five of six winners in the Rainbow 6 returned $1,643.70 to multiple ticketholders.
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 begins with race five and includes three of the day’s four $100,000 stakes: the El Prado, Harlan’s Holiday and South Beach. The first graded stakes of the Championship Meet, the Sugar Swirl (G3), goes off as race three.
In addition to the Rainbow 6, the Late Pick 4 spanning races seven through 10 will offer a guaranteed pool of $100,000 on Saturday and Sunday. Also, the 50-cent Pick 5 on races six through 10, will have a guaranteed $50,000 pool both days.
Post time is 12:35 p.m.
Catching Fireflies Can’t Be Caught in Feature
Breaking alertly from post one, 9-5 favorite Catching Fireflies went right to the front and never looked back to win the featured ninth race, a $37,000 optional claiming allowance at five furlongs on the turf.
Under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, the 3-year-old Illinois-bred daughter of Value Plus blazed through a quarter-mile in 21.60 seconds and a half in 44.25 and had plenty left to draw away in the stretch and win by 1 ¼ lengths in 56.14.
Spectacular Me rallied to take second by three lengths over Thisdanseistaken. Trained by Ralph Nicks for Polivka Equine Holdings and Brushy Hill LLC, Catching Fireflies paid $5.80 as the 9-5 favorite in a field of 12.
Who’s hot: Trainer Christos Gatis and jockey Manoel Cruz teamed up to win two races, taking the opener with Discreet Romance ($16.20) and the seventh with Bold Animaux ($8.80). Jockey Luca Panici won the fifth race on Determinate ($18.40) and the 10th on Mom’s a Cougar ($21.60).
Rainbow 6 carryover: $100,000
Super Hi-5 carryover: $4,838.23
Source: Gulfstream Park Communications