05/24/2014 12:18PM

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.