04/23/2015 3:35PM

Big money up for grabs with Rainbow 6 mandatory payout

Benoit & Associates
Discreet Marq, winner of the Del Mar Oaks, will go in race 10 Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the fifth leg of the Rainbow 6.

There could be $5 million or more on the line when Gulfstream Park empties out the Rainbow 6 jackpot Saturday, a pot that has grown since March 18.

The Rainbow 6 will be conducted, as always, on the last six races on the 11-race program. That sequence includes a pair of stakes carded on the turf, the Grade 3 Miami Mile and the Powder Break. A single ticket costs 20 cents, and the pool will be paid out no matter how many people come up with a ticket containing all six winners. Normally, the Rainbow 6 jackpot is paid only if there is a single, unique ticket with the winning combination.

The following are some thoughts on how to approach the sequence Saturday.

Race 6

A full field of a dozen bottom-level maiden claimers can often prove formidable, but there are probably enough legitimate throw-outs to cut this group down to size. B. F. FOREVER is a must-use coming off a career-best effort that followed a sharp five-furlong work, with the caveat that he did get a perfect rail-skimming trip against a very weak bunch last out. STARSHIP VERDICT, who was hung wide and is likely to improve with blinkers and a couple of races under his belt, will be tossed in along with ROCKET BOULEVARD, who disputed the winner’s pace that day and held on bravely once displaced in front to finish third. I also would include TITOTIME, a stranger to this weak category who drops to the bottom for the first time and is coming off a bullet work.

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Race 7

CORDERO, coming off the layoff for trainer Todd Pletcher, looks like the lone speed and is hard to ignore at a short price. BULL ENSIGN looks interesting while adding blinkers for a barn with a huge $7.77 return on investment with this kind of equipment change. I have always liked BOCA SCUTTLEBUTT, and though he’s disappointed on a couple of occasions, I will use him on backup tickets along with AS YOU LIKE IT.

Race 8

MAJESTIC BREEZE drops into the category for the first time off a couple of improved efforts for Ralph Nicks and should get the right pace setup, which makes him a must-use. BOOM BOOM FRANKIE was floundering a bit when taken up nearing midstretch in his last, but the barn is red-hot, and he too is trying conditioned claimers for the first time today. SUM MIDNIGHT STAR is a question mark on grass but a new face to the category as well and could offer a little value. ALL MY MEMORIES demands respect off the claim and a near miss with the same kind.

Race 9

The stakes is wide open, and spreading here seems logical. STORMING INTI exits a pretty strong race and really figures to benefit from that outing. GRAND TITO has a little hang in him, but he’s been holding his own against much stronger and simply cannot be ignored. MIDDLEBURG never has been better and reunites with rider Jose Lezcano for trainer Christophe Clement, and that’s too potent an owner-trainer combo to leave out. HAMMERS TERROR steps up off a well-graded win, and after working well on the main track for his new connections, he might prove the sleeper for the Rainbow 6. INCHCAPE is parked out wide but is another logical contender in this race, which might be decided by who gets the best trip.

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Race 10

It’s easy to single DISCREET MARQ in this one since she holds a decided class edge over the field, with the lone concern all the speed in this lineup. For those wanting to back her up, BAFFLE ME would be the first option, with late runners like E B RYDER and LORI’S STORE also potential upset threats if the favorite is not up to her best.

Race 11

Being alive to an “all ticket” in the finale would be nice, but for those who cannot afford such a luxury, I’d narrow the field down to the logical choice BLUEGRASS JAM, who takes a big class drop after being bogged down on a dead rail in his last, and WROL UP, who earned a big number going a mile despite also racing in the deep going near the fence for much of the trip. MYBROTHERJOHNNYA, another against the bias in his last, might try to steal this one on the front end from the rail at a price, while MEGALITH ran well last time despite being closest to the dead rail among the top three finishers in the race.

Jim Page More than 1 year ago
DRF.COM . EQUIBASE.COM , BRISNET.COM , tvg.com , twinspires.com , trackmaster.com GOODBYE ... Until you fix the sport you wont get anymore of my money
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Im not even going to comment on the p6 its not worth a comment after some atrocious riding in the first race.Where are the stewards or the defenders of the integrity of the sport?.does such a thing even exist...but as a tie in i will offer you Jay Hovdey recent article criticizing the Singapore's racing club one year racing suspension on american jockey DAVID FLORES for basically pulling his horse. The fact that the racing form and its writter would go out of its way to defend a cheating jockey speaks volumes .according to MR Hovedey DAVID FLORES should be given a license to ride in california immediately and the 1 year suspension ignored. which of course is what we do ignore cheating and let the crooks ride. and they wonder why the sport is dying. ps the singapore stewards are extremely diligent they not only look at the race in question but document patterns and investigate abnormal betting activity.if they say D FLORES cheated in a race i believe them.
Jim Page More than 1 year ago
The sport lost chance to bring on lot of new players with that farce of a first race .. rewatch the first race , watch the final turn into the stretch ... lot horses hitting brakes going wide opening up a lane like Moses parting red seas for the #1 horse come thru .. that horse part greyhound part donkey romps to victory totally undermines handicapping and chased off thousands of part time new players to the sport. Clearly the fix was on .. the payout and the few races that magically restored some credibility to handicapping like rerun victory was not nearly enough overcome the stank of that first race of the pick6 ...
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
What a joke. Didn't take3 long to play games here.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
2/7/3/6,7,10/9,10,11/3 Pk6 small ticket.
The Beast More than 1 year ago
mutual pools are tampered with...IT insiders multi millionaires.
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
You shouldn't be playing horses.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
bet on someone hitting it today
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
That was crazy the other day. Jock fell in the first leg and the last leg the guy came over 5 paths and d/q. All he had to do was stay straight. Somebody is going to get seriously hurt if they keep doing that move late to block momentum. I didn't play because the forecast was rain. I hope Sat is sunny and no rain.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
yeah I had that 3 horse. AND I had the horse that was DQ too. looks chalky again today, but you never know. remember last year when Borislaw hit it before the big day
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
why did that Jock hit the FTS in that first race so much? He was out by 5 lengths, and hit him so hard the Horse threw him off, 5 length lead with half a furlong to go. what a way to get screwed out of a 7-2. And he was lucky he was not killed,
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Crazy. Should be suspended.