Updated on 04/05/2013 12:32PM

Gulfstream Park: $2 million Rainbow 6 carryover up for grabs; payout mandatory


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Handicappers throughout the country will be burning the midnight oil on Thursday, trying to come up with the winning combination for Friday's Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park.

With a carryover of just under $2 million and a mandatory payout of the entire pool on closing day, track management is estimating the final pool will total somewhere in the vicinity of $7 million to $8 million by the time the last 10-cent wager makes it through the windows before  Friday's eighth race if the weatherman cooperates. The pick six sequence will encompass races 8-13 on a program that begins at 1:05 p.m.

The 10-cent Rainbow 6 is a unique wager in which the jackpot is paid out when a player holds the only ticket with all six winners. It was last hit, for nearly $3.6 million, on Feb. 22. All players with the correct combination on Friday will share in the total pool.

Here is a breakdown of races 8-13.

[Races 9, 12, and 13 have been taken off the turf because of rain.]

8th race
SWEET N DISCREET is the most logical choice for Pletcher/Castellano and likely the one to catch, although hard to single in a lineup that includes well-bred firsters FAME AND FORTUNE and CARNIVAL COURT.  Fame and Fortune is a full sister to Cross Traffic, a 4-year-old who has won both career starts with 90 Beyer Speed Figures, while Carnival Court is a half-sister to champ Royal Delta with a 47.80-second half-mile gate work on her resume.

9th Race - Off Turf
With this race switched to the main track, it’s hard to look too far past the too logical choices KING KHALIFA and WILD PERFECTION, both of whom have shown promise on the main track against better.

10th race
Another race where a big spread may be necessary. MORALITY is the likely favorite and one to catch stretching out to seven furlongs but certainly far from a lock in this wide-open mix. MONROE COURT has to be used coming off a victory over the same kind in his last start, but he benefitted from a perfect trip that day and chances are he won't get around quite as cleanly in this bulky lineup. POSITIVE ACTION finished third behind Monroe Court in their previous meeting despite being forced five wide turning for home, lugging in when changing leads late in early stretch. RUNNING WILDCAT eligible to be much closer to the pace and likely improve off his last start stretching to seven furlongs. JORDAN'S IMAGE bounced last time after defeating this same kind two weeks earlier and back in Angel Quiroz barn off the claim.

11th race
The scratch of FOGONAZO leaves Pletcher's first-time starter SILVER LINING JOHN as a possible single on some tickets; he shows back-to-back 48-second gate works at Palm Meadows last month that appear to have come in company with stablemate Sneaky Blowout, who finished a strong second in his debut over the weekend. Those looking to spread beyond that logical pick might try firster HERD MENTALITY, who has shown speed in the morning, or TRINNI HEART, who ran with the monstrous Zaikov to midstretch before proving second-best in his last.

12th race - Off Turf
Most of my original picks are now gone with this race off the grass. Inside posts have an advantage going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt, so CRAFTY UNICORN and DIEZ are probably a must use. Crafty Unicorn will likely try to wire the field from the rail, but is a bit of a question mark having been away since September. Diez has never raced on dirt and doesn’t have a lot of off-track pedigree but appears to have worked well over the main track with blinkers, and this barn always dangerous. BARTOLOME has the best main-track numbers and owns a win over an off track.

13th race - Off Turf
Once again the inside posts have an edge at this distance, so SWEET GATOR GIRL and HOW CHEEKY probably need to be used, although the How Cheeky’s breeding appears to be strictly turf. She does add blinkers for the occasion, and since there’s not a lot of obvious speed in this lineup, the equipment change could find her on or near the pace. BAHIA DE ORO comes off an improved effort on grass, and she did run well once, albeit in a slow race, over a sloppy track.

Good Luck!