05/24/2014 1:18PM

Ramsey might hold key to Rainbow Pick Six

Tom Keyser
Ken Ramsey owns horses entered in four of the Rainbow Pick Six races.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Monday’s Rainbow Pick Six payout at Gulfstream Park, with a jackpot that figures to exceed $15 million, has captured the attention of much of the country, including Eclipse Award-winning owner and breeder and avid horseplayer Ken Ramsey, who figures to have an edge when trying to solve the Rainbow Pick Six puzzle.

Ramsey, along with his wife, Sarah, dominated the owners’ standings during Gulfstream’s championship meet, which ended April 6. The couple owns horses competing in four of the six races in the Rainbow Pick Six on Monday. If Ken Ramsey had gotten his wish, he’d have had one in all six legs.

“Obviously, I’m really looking forward to the Rainbow Six, and there’s always a method to my madness,” quipped Ramsey, whose four Rainbow Pick Six horses are trained by Mike Maker. “They took entries for both Sunday and Monday’s card and picked out the six most difficult races from the two days to use in the Rainbow Six. We entered 16 horses over those two cards, hoping to be able to cover all the Rainbow Six races.”

None of Ramsey’s Rainbow Pick Six runners were on the grounds when entries were drawn for Monday’s 10-race card, where total handle for the special Memorial Day offering might reach as high as $20 million.

“We had to van one horse to Florida all the way from Chicago, two others from Louisville, and flew Joes Blazing Aaron down from New York for Monday’s program,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey said he plans to single two of his four starters – Joes Blazing Aaron in the seventh race and Cage Fighter in the ninth – on his Rainbow Pick Six ticket.

“I’m going to take two singles and wheel the other four races, hoping to get a big price or two,” Ramsey said. “I think Wall Street Kitten [in the fifth race] is ultimately going to be a stakes horse, but he may need a race on Monday. Tohaveandtohold is also very live in the last race. He had a bad trip in his only previous start, is training well, and looks about as good as anything else in that race. But I’m not singling a bottom-level maiden making just the second start of his career.”

Ramsey estimates that the cost of his main Rainbow Pick Six ticket will be $4,100. He also plans to take a few smaller tickets as well.

“If one of my two singles wins, I should hit the thing,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey’s enthusiasm for the Rainbow Pick Six mirrors that of just about everybody else eyeing a share of a jackpot that has grown since early January and will undoubtedly smash the existing record pick six pool of just more than $10 million distributed at Hollywood Park on July 2, 2007.

The sequence begins with a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds and up that, like all four turf races in the Rainbow Pick Six, drew a full field of 12. The event looks wide open, with as many as eight potential winners, including Skip’s World, Are We Not Men, Fehsenfeld, Whats Up Big Guy, Steel N Pack, and Simon Bar Sinister.

The second leg moves to dirt and is a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight dash for fillies and mares. This one also has many contenders, including Miss Away, Quinnkat, likely favorite Pekinesa, Distinctive Lady, first-time starters Lady Anita and One Look and longshot Sophia’s Pride.

Ramsey’s Joes Blazing Aaron tops the seventh race, with his chief rivals perhaps being Alley Oop Oop and Philly Ace. The latter is coming off a good third-place finish behind the red-hot Hey Leroy under tougher optional-claiming conditions here May 3.

The final dirt race in the Rainbow Pick Six is a bottom-level conditioned claimer for fillies and mares, with Javamine a likely single on many tickets and the most logical winner if she can repeat her easy win against similar company May 2. Should she falter, Karla and Me and Hot Cotton look like the major beneficiaries.

Cage Fighter likely will be favored for Ramsey in race 9, a first-level optional claimer on grass. The much-improved Start Up and Balthazar also figure to attract plenty of attention.

The finale in the Rainbow Pick Six sequence is a wide-open, bottom-level maiden claimer for fillies and mares on grass, with the “all” button likely to get plenty of use. Those looking to pare down the cost of their tickets probably will concentrate on Tohaveandtohold, Senorita Sangria, Sofialeonor, Kaluma, and Kimberly Is That U.

Ernest More than 1 year ago
great interview and story. your the best mike. best info ever. keep up the great work.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Not only did Borislow scoop the field by forging to the front of the line the day before the mandatory payout, he virtually bought the pot by wheeling 5 of the 6 races and covering the sixth race with four horses on two otherwise identical tickets. His $15K bet amounted to a $3,750 win bet on each of the four horses he used in the 6th race. With 40% of the field covered in the 6th, his real wager that he would be the only bettor holding a ticket with all six winners.....and when the dust finally settled he had turned $15K into $6.6 million........pure brilliance if you ask me!
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Ok so the 6 million is long gone taken yesterday. It was a case of the early bird taking the prize. Why wait for the last day if you can win the day before with much less competition.
woodurealee More than 1 year ago
Well Ken, ya might win a few races today but the jokes on you! The owner crown goes to Bordislew for sweeping up the place with a 15K investment the day before the "Main Event"! LMAO.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
Ken Ramsey. I give him a lot credit for shipping in for this. This guy gets it! He has fun an he supports the industry in by not doing the same ole' thing! I hope his horses reward him on Monday.
presidentwong1 More than 1 year ago
Good luck to everyone. I'm hoping for all favorites so that everyone gets a share of the big pot. Everyone deserves it since it's their money that's been carrying over since forever.
sumowled More than 1 year ago
What about those that won, like me. I'm already ahead 14k on this bet this year. Do I get a slice of the pie?
presidentwong1 More than 1 year ago
First off, congratulations on being ahead $14k. Second off, since you probably werent a single winner previously, you didnt get your true share of the pool cause part of the money was carried over. So some of your money is still in that $6.5M pool. So, of course you get a slice of the pie too.
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
Thanks Mike this is a useful article !
Pat Camoro More than 1 year ago
I never knew that about the owner not being able to play other horses other than their own. Dag gum on that one....
Richard Barton More than 1 year ago
Kinda wondering, what his ticket is REALLY going to look like?
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
if he say 4k .... u can safely add a 0 or two....(-:
TrackPhantom More than 1 year ago
He'll have none of his horses on his tickets :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know that most owners are oblivious to this, but Ramsey is only allowed to single his horses. If he spreads in a race where he has a horse, it is 100% illegal and any winnings will be taken in the form of a fine and a suspension of license is automatic.
sumowled More than 1 year ago
That's ridiculous. No spreading by owners in a p6, huh? lol Is their also a rule about exacta boxes...how about place/show wagers? Care to show us this no spread "rule"? I thought Ramsey's comments were genuine, refreshing, and perfectly legal.
a a More than 1 year ago
No spread rule per se, but an owner cannot bet another horse in any wager where he has a betting interest entered. Stupid outdated rule.
Labattdrinker More than 1 year ago
that's far from stupid! u want to bet his horse when he is betting another and telling his jock not to push it today, save it for the next race?! I think not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So if Ramsey had a couple of 1-5 shots in sequence and he went all in those races knowing that his horses were no good and they both lost to 30-1's while he won $5 million, I guess that would be OK with you?