05/25/2014 6:12PM

Horse owner Borislow wins Rainbow Six jackpot to tune of nearly $7 million


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow Six jackpot, which had not been solved since Jan. 10 and had gained national notoriety with a mandatory payout scheduled for Monday, was hit Sunday for a record $6,678,939 by horse owner Dan Borislow, who purchased the winning ticket at the Palm Beach Kennel Club.  The payoff eclipsed the previous high of $3,591,245 collected by an unidentified player in New Jersey in February 2013.

Borislow, who invented Magic Jack in 2007, said he spent $15,206.40 to win the jackpot. He fashioned two nearly identical tickets using the “all” button in five of the Rainbow Six races. He played four horses in the sixth race, two on each ticket, including the winner Signofaffection (4-1). The tickets cost $7,603.20 apiece.

The Rainbow Six jackpot is paid out only if there is one single ticket on the winning combination. There were no favorites in Sunday’s sequence, with Callana (5-1) completing the winning combination when capturing the finale by a nose over Russian Night. Had Russian Night won, the jackpot would have carried over to Monday. The other four winners on Borislow’s ticket were Bagration (16-1), Cajun Breeze (10-1), Little Bart (5-1), and Cajun Sunrise (7-2). 

“I’ve probably played the Rainbow Six about six or seven times over the past several months,” said Borislow, who makes his home in the Palm Beach area and is a semi-regular at the Palm Beach Kennel club. “I played today because I’ll be at a high school graduation party for my son from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. I handicapped the races and liked one race in particular, the sixth. When I made out the original ticket, it cost $3,600. So instead of playing a regular ticket, I just decided to take an all in the five other races.”

Borislow is a long-term horse owner, getting into the business in 1991. Among his first acquisitions was Beautiful Bid, the dam of 2000 Eclipse champion Beautiful Pleasure. He also campaigned Toccet, a four-time graded stakes winner at 2 named after former NHL player Rick Tocchet, and Talk is Money, who finished last in the 2001 Kentucky Derby.

“I’ve probably been one of the bigger horse bettors in the country over the last 15 years,” said Borislow. “I guess if you work at something long enough, eventually you should get it right.”

Had the Rainbow Six jackpot survived one more day, and there was a mandatory payout on Monday as expected, the pool was estimated to exceed $15 million, which easily would have smashed the existing North American record for multiple-wager pools of $10,870,852 distributed July 2, 2007, at Hollywood Park.

Gulfsteam President and General Manager Tim Ritvo said while he was naturally disappointed to lose the potential to handle as much as $20 million on Monday’s card with the loss of the Rainbow Six jackpot, he congratulated Borislow for his big win.

“Obviously, we’re heartbroken and disappointed, like everyone else, losing the chance to see how high the pool might have gone to on Monday,” said Ritvo. “But the bet was originally designed with the hope of giving one of our customers the chance to make a life-changing score with the kind of payout we had today.”

Although the jackpot will start at zero, there will still be a mandatory payout Monday of the entire pool wagered, less the 20 percent takeout. Ritvo said the Rainbow Six would be seeded with $50,000 when racing resumes Friday with another mandatory payout scheduled for June 29.