04/05/2013 9:02AM

Gulfstream Park: Rainbow 6 turf races switched to main track

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HALLANDALE  BEACH, Fla. - All three turf races in Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence at Gulfstream Park will be taken off the grass and moved to the main course due to heavy overnight rains and a forecast for more rain later in the afternoon.

There is a carryover of nearly $2 million going into Friday’s card, and the pool is expected to climb as high as $7 million or $8 million by the time it closes before the eighth race. There is a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 pool on Friday, closing day of the meet.

{GULFSTREAM RAINBOW 6: Get PPs, watch the full card live]

“In an effort to protect the public, we’ve made an early decision to move all the turf races to the main track,” explained Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo. “We did not want to face a situation where we got hit with more rain this afternoon, as forecasted, and had to take the races off the grass either right before or during the Rainbow 6 sequence. We understand the importance of today’s Rainbow 6 wager and wanted the public  to know as early as possibly exactly the situation they faced when it came to handicapping those races, and believe this decision was in the best interests of all our customers.”

Ritvo said that the two earlier turf races on the card would remain on the grass for the time being in an effort to hold field sizes together, but acknowledged that with any additional rain, they too would have to be switched to the main track.

Scratches for Friday's Gulfstream Rainbow 6 sequence

Race 8
Big Belief scratched
Ivy Chain scratched
Silver and Smoke scratched
The Bookkeeper scratched

Race 9
Act of War (2) scratched
Ballymurphy scratched
Chilean Boy scratched
Macho Spaces scratched
Rey Rocket scratched
Third Martini scratched

Race 10
Moreapplauseplease scratched
Sexy Thunder scratched

Race 11
Best Man scratched
Fogonazo scratched
One Brave Warrior scratched

Race 12
Avenged scratched
Coexist scratched
Film Making scratched
Forever Conga scratched
Roars More scratched
Sarava's Dancer scratched

Race 13
Giacomo's Aria scratched
Hope's Dream scratched
Nora's Song scratched
Sparkling Soul scratched

russell More than 1 year ago
Chad and Ryan, they run on a soft turf all over the world. The turf is listed as YIELDING. Thats a reason for safety? You guys are wrong on this one. This is a huge card and they should keep it "as is". Run in the rain as well, it happens all over the world. Do you see Ireland or England cancelling racing because of rain. And in honesty its needed. Also cut the grass a little higher. We don't need putting greens to run races on.
Ryan Jones More than 1 year ago
This was a smart move. To the people commenting below with haste, you have to be kidding me! Number 1: SAFETY - just because they aren't using the course tomorrow doesn't mean it is safe; also it is likely the earlier races may get washed off as well. Number 2: How would you like it if after the first P6 race they were forced to switch the turf races to dirt when the storm that's expected to drop more rain comes? That makes a whole lot of ALL combinations (if in fact they become ALL's, and if they don't you are stuck with a turfer who may hate dirt/slop anyway). Number 3: Making this decision early allows handicappers MORE TIME to research and adjust their bets to the scratches and weather conditions. It's a great thing. Gulfstream looked out for the bettor, the horses, the horseman and the jockeys. Why complain? It's ignorant to see this was a great decision. And to be honest, it's still a very tricky sequence and there are LOTS of horses entered. early allows you more ti
Ryan Jones More than 1 year ago
wasn't*
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The weather can be cruel but Gulfstreams' decision to call the turf races early is as good a move that could'a been made. Sheez man, all those scratches might have filled a card at Aqu in February. Good luck players.
Anil More than 1 year ago
Lol
Eddie Smith More than 1 year ago
Absolutely ridiculous. What a complete joke.
Ronald Sanchez More than 1 year ago
They gonna run in july 1st, but anyway turf off means small fields for today rainbow six
russell More than 1 year ago
Who cares if the turf course is soft and gets torn up. Its closing day and they aren't running for 7 months.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
The Horses & the Jockeys damn sure care...Just the way it goes Bro...
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
they run on soft turf all over the world and the injury rates are a lot lower than here..the only reason they cancelled the turf races is because of the pick 6,wich is why the other earlier races are still on turf..get it bro.
Eddie Smith More than 1 year ago
yeah, right. Then why are some of the races on turf, and some off. TERRIBLE decision.