03/02/2015 12:16PM

Pick six, Rainbow 6 carryovers on Thursday


Horseplayers may have to factor in an off track when handicapping Thursday’s pick six sequence at Aqueduct, which begins the day with a $148,147 carryover after going unhit for three straight cards.

Rain and temperatures in the upper 40s were forecast for Wednesday, with the possibility of one to three inches of snow Thursday morning. It snowed throughout Sunday’s program, but the track was labeled “fast” all day.

Thursday’s pick six will begin with race 3 (2:18 p.m. Eastern) and includes three sprints and three routes. Four of the fields have eight entrants, while a starter allowance has seven, and the day’s feature, a New York-bred second-level optional claimer, drew 11, though only 10 will be permitted to run.

Favorites at Aqueduct were hitting at a 41 percent clip through last Thursday. Over the last three cards, favorites went only 4 for 26.

Trainer Robert Barbara is virtually single-handedly responsible for the carryover, having sent out Conspiracy ($40.40) on Saturday and Native Hero ($58.50) on Sunday. Barbara does not have any horses entered Thursday.

Linda Rice, the second-leading trainer at the meet with 19 wins, could have a significant impact on the sequence as she sends out the class-dropping Zippity Zoom in the fourth race and Gypsum Johnny, first off the claim, in the fifth. She also has Pretension entered in the seventh, but that horse would need a scratch to make it into the field.

◗ At Gulfstream Park, the Rainbow 6 carryover has grown to $437,933.90 for Thursday. The Rainbow 6, a 20-cent minimum bet, comprises the final six races on the 11-race card. First post is 1 p.m. Eastern, with post time for the first race of the Rainbow 6 (sixth race) at 3:30.