05/23/2014 3:01PM

King: Rainbow Pick 6 great betting opportunity

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Provided there is no single winning ticket on the Rainbow Pick 6 at Gulfsteam Park Saturday or Sunday, a record pick-six pool could be up for grabs on Monday, Memorial Day. With a Rainbow Pick 6 carryover of more than $6 million going into the weekend and estimates of $10 million or more being bet into the pool on Monday, horseplayers would be wise to forgo traditional Memorial Day festivities – things like barbeques and trips to the pool – and focus on handicapping and ticket making.

Unlike any other point over the winter and spring, the Rainbow Pick 6 at Gulfstream on Monday does not require a single winner in order to collect the jackpot. There is a mandatory payoff on Memorial Day, hence the enormous appeal of Monday’s card.

Covering the fifth through 10th races, the Rainbow Pick 6 can be played in 20-cent denominations. Post time for the fifth race is set for 4:05 p.m. Eastern.

Included with this article are three proposed tickets – a high-combination play, a mid-level play, and a budget Rainbow Pick 6 wager.

Listed below are the suggested horses to use – in numerical order, not in order of preference – so as to not cause confusion when tickets are placed.

Race 5

Contention runs deep in this 1 1/16-mile turf race – so much that on the high-end ticket, it uses seven horses: Whats Up Big Guy (No. 2), Fehsenfeld (3), Skip’s World (4), Wall Street Kitten (5), Mon Petit Pote (7), Steel N Pack (10), and Simon Bar Sinister (12).

Even on smaller tickets, horseplayers should go deep in this race. Whats Up Big Guy (2) and Wall Street Kitten (5) were the only two I felt comfortable cutting in the mid-level and budget plays.

Race 6

Another puzzler follows, with the sixth being for mediocre maiden fillies sprinting on the main track.

Five plays are suggested for the large ticket: One Look (No. 4), Miss Away (5), Quinnkat (7), Pekinesa (8), and Distinctive Lady (11).

Although One Look (4) has twice worked quickly from gate, as a first-timer from a barn with poor recent stats with such types, she was reluctantly cut from the suggested tickets for smaller amounts.

Race 7

This optional claiming race on the turf is seemingly one in which fewer horses can be safely played.

Alley Oop Oop (No. 3), Roman Tiger (6), Joes Blazing Aaron (8), and Philly Ace (12) are the top foursome.

The first to strike if working to downsize ticket size is Alley Oop Oop (3), followed by Roman Tiger (6).

Take note that Lay It Down (13) is an also-eligible that merits use if he gets into the race. Check for scratches and changes Monday morning.

Race 8

$6,250 conditioned claimers are typically wide open, and this race is no different.

If going four deep the choices are Hot Cotton (No. 4), Javamine (5), Starship Melody (8), and Karla and Me (11).

Only on the budget ticket would I strike one – with that runner being Starship Melody (8).

Race 9

Time to take a stand and single one: Cage Fighter (No. 9). A winner of three of seven starts, he is confidently shipped to Gulfstream Park by trainer Mike Maker and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

Cage Fighter won over this course and 1 1/16-mile distance on March 30 and seems to be a horse that runs well fresh. Two sharp works this month at Churchill Downs Trackside also inspire confidence.

Race 10

Time to go deep again . . . which is generally a sound practice when dealing with low-end maiden claimers running on the grass.

The large ticket has seven recommended horses to use: Afleet Allie (No. 1), Schoolgirl Mia (2), Tohaveandtohold (5), Senorita Sangria (6), Sofialeonor (7), Tacu Tacu Girl (9), and Kimberly Is That U (12).

An also eligible, Diva With Taste (14), is also worth considering if she draws in. Check for changes Monday morning.

Those wishing to save some dollars and play a smaller ticket should consider cutting Schoolgirl Mia (2).

Good luck, and happy Memorial Day!

My 3 tickets:

High level, 3,920 combinations, $784:

Race 5: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12

Race 6: 4, 5, 7, 8, 11

Race 7: 3, 6, 8, 12

Race 8: 4, 5, 8, 11

Race 9: 9

Race 10: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12

Mid level, 1,680 combinations, $336:

Race 5: 3, 4, 7, 10, 12

Race 6: 5, 7, 8, 11

Race 7: 3, 6, 12

Race 8: 4, 5, 8, 11

Race 9: 9

Race 10: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12

Budget, 720 combinations, $144:

Race 5: 3, 4, 7, 10, 12

Race 6: 5, 7, 8, 11

Race 7: 6, 12

Race 8: 4, 5, 11

Race 9: 9

Race 10: 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12