09/08/2014 3:13PM

Mandatory payout Thursday in Rainbow 6


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The dates agreement signed earlier this year between Gulfstream Park and Calder has inadvertently paved the way for an unexpected bonus for local horseplayers: a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool when racing resumes at Gulfstream on Thursday.

When the conflict between the two neighboring south Florida tracks ended in late June, Gulfstream revamped its summer-fall racing schedule, breaking it up into three separate meets beginning with the current 40-day “GTarp” session that began July 4 and ends Thursday.

The first of the split Tropical meeting opens Friday and runs through Oct. 4. Racing on the circuit will then move across town, where the Tropical at Calder session begins Oct. 8 and continues through Nov. 30.

The 2014-15 Gulfstream Park championship meeting opens Dec. 6.

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“These split sessions came about because we had to rearrange our schedule after the agreement was signed since dates had already been awarded to both Gulfstream and Calder for that period,” said Gulfstream Park president Tim Ritvo. “Now that the agreement is in place, this won’t happen next summer.  But because the  GTarp meet is coming to an end Thursday, we will have a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6, the pick five, and the Super Hi 5.”

There is a carryover in excess of $123,000 in the Rainbow 6 . There also is a carryover of nearly $44,000 in the $1 Super Hi 5.

The Rainbow 6 sequence begins in race 5, a bottom-level maiden claimer going five furlongs on turf. Antares is the likely favorite and is a must-use for most players, with Sequestrate and Picketts Corner as possible sleepers.

The sixth race is also for bottom-level maidens and drew a field of 11 going six furlongs over the main track, with Mini Brew, Chica Chapina, and R Lovely Lindsey the most logical plays and first-time starter Regal Presence a question mark.

It’s back to grass for the seventh race, a conditioned claimer going 1 1/16 miles that brings together a field of nine led by Charlie in Charge, Handsome Jack, Saturday Special, and Indian Nate.

Eleven filly and mare sprinters continue the sequence in the eighth race, a starter allowance carded at six furlongs on the main track with Daddy’s Jewel, Desirable Lady, Phoebe Moon, and Blondecat the top contenders.

The featured ninth event is a first-level optional-claiming dash at seven furlongs, with the red-hot You Never Learn looking for his fifth straight win, the most logical play along with Two Hearts in One and Corner the Market.

The afternoon’s finale, a bottom-level conditioned claimer going six furlongs on dirt, will not only conclude the Rainbow 6 but also determine the winning combo in the Super Hi 5. The speedy Little Bart appears to be the key to both gimmicks, breaking from the rail and dropping in class off an eight-week layoff.