04/23/2011 7:06PM

Gulfstream: Rainbow 6 pays $3,270


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - As expected, the total pool for Saturday's dispersal of Gulfstream Park's 10-cent Rainbow 6 exceeded $5 million.

Unfortunately, the expected big payday never materialized, as a series of short-priced winners in the opening five races of the sequence resulted in a final payoff of only $3,279 after the 10-1 shot Rachel's Girl won the finale.

A total of nearly $3.6 million was added Saturday to the already-existing jackpot of just over $1.4 million.

The winning combination of 6-4-10-9-3-5 results in 1,311 winning tickets. The winning horses were Captain Crunch ($10.40), Notonthesamepage ($10.20), Zero Rate Policy ($3.40), Performing ($5.80), Hariolus ($8.60) and Rachel's Girl ($22.60).

Rachel's Girl was ridden to victory by Ariel Smith, who picked up his first winner of the meet.

Total handle on Saturday's card, buoyed by the pick six, was more than $13 million, up 81 per cent from the same day a year ago.

"The overall energy in the building and around North America surrounding the Rainbow 6 was positive and great to see," said Gulfstream Park's president, Steve Calabro. "What we experienced today was what we focused on all season, and that was doing everything we could to improve the customer's experience."

To win the Rainbow 6 jackpot before Saturday, a player had to have the only ticket on the winning combination. The Rainbow 6 jackpot had been hit just three times during the meet, the first time for $221,677 on Jan. 27 and the last time for $81,868 on Feb. 16.

Gulfstream, faced with a mandatory dispersal of the entire pool on closing day, Sunday, to all correct ticket-holders, opted to disperse the jackpot on Saturday, because some tracks - notably those in New York and Kentucky - would be closed Easter Sunday, shutting out some bettors..