03/24/2016 1:36PM

Rainbow 6 jackpot will have to be earned

Barbara D. Livingston
Lira, winning the Ginger Brew at Gulfstream in January, is a possible Rainbow 6 key in race 11, the Sanibel Island Handicap.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Unless you’ve got an extra $638,668 hanging around to hit the “all” button in all six races of the sequence, winning the mandatory Rainbow 6 payout on Saturday at Gulfstream Park figures to be a pretty daunting task.

With a carryover that figures to be in the vicinity of $4.5 million going in – as long as it’s not hit Friday – the final pool could be eight figures before the last 20-cent ticket is punched on Saturday’s Rainbow 6, which encompasses races 7-12. The racing office certainly did not do Rainbow 6 players any favors, especially those with limited bankrolls, carding fields ranging from 11 to 14 horses in a sequence that includes five grass races, topped by the $75,000 Sanibel Island Handicap.

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Likely making results even more random is that six of the top seven jockeys in the local colony – Javier Castellano, John Velazquez, Emisael Jaramillo, Julien Leparoux, Corey Lanerie, and Joel Rosario – are either out of town for the day or out of action nursing injuries.

After spending many hours perusing the past performances; poring over speed figures, trip notes, and the DRF Clocker Report; and watching countless replays, here are some thoughts on how to take down a piece of what will undoubtedly be a record Rainbow 6 dispersal. All opinions have been made assuming a fast, unbiased main track and a firm turf course.

Race 7 (maiden special weight, 7 1/2 furlongs, turf)

No easy pickings just to get through the first leg, although there will be some who single SIR DUDLEY DIGGES off a near miss in his last start and a decided speed-figure edge on the majority of the field. MIGHTY MO ran well last summer in his only start, which came at Saratoga for Todd Pletcher against a strong field that included Matt King Cole. He appears to be working well off the layoff for his new trainer, Bill Mott. Among those who should be considered on spread tickets are HORNER MAN, off a troubled trip in a promising turf debut; FASTNET LATINA, who broke slowly and ran well in his only start; and BOURBON CITY, the potential pacesetter.

Race 8 ($16,000 claimer, five furlongs, turf)

Five furlongs on the turf usually means chaos and the chance for some wild results, although at least this is a bunch of seasoned grass sprinters who have established their form. GREAT ATTACK is coming off a big effort in defeating Starship Wildcat, who flattered the effort by beating the same kind four weeks later. He’s a must-use from an inside post with Luis Saez up. NOBLE PRINCE defeated Starship Wildcat two back before getting involved in a suicidal pace battle in his subsequent start and can surely win again, although he figures to be tested early by several of these, including RED FEVER, who comes off a huge effort in beating similar last time and is also a must-use. LITTLE BAKER should offer value and at his best could spring the upset if able to trip out behind the speed exiting the key (three next-out winners) Noble Prince dash on Feb. 18. Bigger tickets might toss in FRANKIE’S TRIGGER, who should come running late but may take the worst of it from an outside post.

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Race 9 (maiden $12,500 claimer, seven furlongs, dirt)

PRIME TIME TOMMY could be a single off his last try, as he would hold a decided speed-figure edge over the rest of the field if he can repeat the effort. But he was beaten that day as a 3-5 choice and breaks from the tricky inside post. Those looking to spread and beat the heavy favorite should look at UPPERTON on the drop off a troubled but promising debut, MR COUPONS off a good try at this level, and GO SALVATORE GO, who is winless in 12 starts but may prove the one to catch at a bit of a price.

Race 10 (starter optional claimer, one mile, turf)

Would advise spreading four or five deep here, starting with PARMEL LANDING and EL CICLON, who are exiting a tough $50,000 starter on March 11; COPINGAWAY whose last two turf tries were good and came against much better, including the graded-stakes-placed Ousby; and DECISIONSDECISIONS, who turned in a strong grass debut in a very good field last out and should have enough speed to overcome a tough post.

Race 11 ($75,000 Sanibel Island Handicap, one mile, turf)

From a class standpoint, LIRA and HARMONIZE appear to stand out in the Sanibel Island. Lira comes off a very good try against Breeders’ Cup winner Catch a Glimpse in the Herecomesthebride. Those with smaller bankrolls probably want to go no further. Other options for bigger tickets include SHAKE DOWN BABY, who ran a big number in defeating softer in her turf debut last out and is now in new and dangerous hands off a private purchase, and PANCAKE, who comes off a career-best effort at Fair Grounds, albeit in a relatively weak field.

Race 12 (maiden $25,000 claiming, one mile, turf)

Anyone fortunate to still be alive will probably want plenty of coverage in the finale – the kind of race that generally provides plenty of chaos. APPA broke slowly, was hung very wide early, and didn’t run badly in his only start, and he’s bred for the going. GIANT INKA’s only two grass races came against much better, and he could be a sleeper. The Christophe Clement first-timer RUNNING HOPLITE is a question mark but is a must-use. He is by Broken Vow and kin to a grass winner. ENGLISH MAHAVEER ran sneaky good behind Bibbo last time in a race that produced next-out grad Dynamite Kid (72 Beyer) from the also-rans.