05/23/2014 3:01PM

King: Rainbow Pick 6 great betting opportunity


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





Pete Dotto More than 1 year ago
These jackpots that payout only to a single winner should be banned. They turned horseracing into a lottery. I would never play any of these "scams". Its pretty much an unreachable goal. This isn't what horseracing is about. If I was to win I would expect to be paid the jackpot or divided up equally between multiple winners. Its just goes to show you the intelligence of horseplayers. This is the worst thing that ever happened to horseracing just to attract attention. But then, I guess desperate times calls for desperate measures.
harpharper . More than 1 year ago
Go ahead and bet it. You will be the ONLY one betting it now. IT WAS HIT TODAY!!!
Richard Cadena More than 1 year ago
Quickly looked at your numbers; $144 is considered the "budget" ticket? The target audience appears to be high end. The concept of $.20 base cost sort of makes you think you have more combinations/more chances of winning, but in the final wash it is a costly or costlier ticket than playing the straight Pick 6, at the $2 base price, though you would have fewer horses picked per race. Good luck.
Tony More than 1 year ago
RACE 7 Byron, you wrote: "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)." This doesn't appear to be reflected in your "Mid Level" ticket, however, as you leave in the 3,6,12 and toss the #8. What am I missing here?
will More than 1 year ago
lol budget ticket is 144.... a budget ticket is 30 dollars
Carlo Campanella More than 1 year ago
In the old days Pick 6s were based on $2 wagers, so at 20 cents, small players DO HAVE a chance to compete. With that said, on the rare days that we get a 10 MILLION PLUS carryover, you should get involved with a few other friends or players instead of trying to do this one on your own. Even if you a small bettor, you can put in $120 or get two friends and yourself at $40 each (and $40 bucks is like going to dinner at a cheap place so it should be no issue) but at 20 cents you still get a GREAT SPREAD.... 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 5 You have to take a stand and single, that's why it's CALLED HANDICAPPING. Once you single, you get still get two 5-horse spread races (which is almost HALF the field in 2 spots)
riconap More than 1 year ago
The large fields on this day favor the " big bettors' and the "groups" since they can afford to cover all the numbers. Once again, the average horse player is left out in the cold. A mix of small and average size fields would assure that the pool was more fairly dispersed.
Steven Wells More than 1 year ago
It takes $501,811.20 to cover all the numbers. That does not favor anyone. A mix of small and average size fields only assures that the payout would most likely be to more tickets. I would much rather be one of 20 winning tickets than one of 2000. This card does that. Good Luck!
Richard More than 1 year ago
I respectfully disagree. I think most "small bettors" would be quite pleased to collect the estimated $ 7,500 ( based on $ 15 million pool) each if there were 2000 winning tickets as you suggest. The problem with all large field races in this particular scenario is that the big wage makers will be able to cover enough numbers to win on several tickets while the small stake bettors need to " single" in a few races so as to cover more numbers in the large field difficult races.
Carlo Campanella More than 1 year ago
How can the small bettor be left out, it's a 20 cent ticket!!!! In the old days, we still had full fields and competitive races, but the pick 6 were $2 tickets! If a small bettor puts in only $100 bucks (or $50 each with a friend) it's like betting a $500 ticket on the former $2 wagers. That's a GREAT SPREAD! If you actually do some handicapping and take a stand and single your best play, you can play a ticket for a $120 that looks like this (And going 5 deep in 2 races gives a "small player" a very fair spread and chance to hit) : 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 5
Gregory Gian More than 1 year ago
Tough single on such a large ticket. Good luck it should be fun.
Paul Cavanaugh More than 1 year ago
Wow...if I had $784 to spend, i would hit tkt at least once a week. Also, your mid and small tkts are identical, $144 ea...
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
go to a loan shark....
Wayne Maloney More than 1 year ago
Next time you care to comment on someone else's mathematical prowess, try using all the fingers on both of your hands , when you do your counting!
Paul F More than 1 year ago
mid and small are not identical