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Expert Picks for Saturday’s Rainbow Six Mandatory Payout – 6/30/18

Gun Runner 2018 PegasusHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Saturday’s Summit of Speed program, headlined by the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) and $250,000 Smile Sprint (G3), will featured a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool that grew to $898,654.42 Friday when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 28th straight racing day Friday.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $6,693.08 Friday.

The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

On mandatory payout days, the carryover jackpot is completely disbursed and shared by all bettors holding tickets with the most winners.

The Rainbow 6 was last solved for a $101,000 jackpot payoff on May 13, three days after a lucky bettor took down a $1.2 million jackpot through the Lewiston, Maine hub.

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 9-14, and will include the Princess Rooney in Race 12 and the Smile Sprint in Race 13. Curlin’s Approval is scheduled to clash with seven other fillies in mares in her quest to win back-to-back runnings of the Princess Rooney, a seven-furlong sprint that is a designated Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ race that will award the winner a fees-paid berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs Nov. 3. Multiple graded-stakes winner X Y Jet looms as an odds-on favorite in the Smile, a six-furlong dash in which he will make his first start since finishing second in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) at Meydan March 28.

First-race post time for Saturday’s 14-race card is set for 11:55 a.m.

Gaffalione Holds 3–Win Lead for Spring Meet Title

Defending champion Tyler Gaffalione holds a three-win advantage over Emisael Jaramillo, 62-59, in the jockey standings heading into the final day of the Spring Meet at Gulfstream Saturday

Jaramillo won three of the first four races Friday to close within one win of Gaffalione, scoring aboard Gran Malbec ($5) in the first race, Darwish ($7.60) in the second and Venezuelan Pegasus ($7.20) in the fourth.

Gaffalione came right back to win aboard Graydar’s Resolve ($3.40) in the fifth race and Incredible Grace ($5) in the sixth.

Gaffalione has 11 mounts, including My Miss Tapit in the Princess Rooney and Reason to Soar in the Smile Saturday. Jaramillo is scheduled to ride 10 horses, including Rich Mommy in the Princess Rooney and X Y Jet in the Smile.

Victor Barboza Jr. saddled Gran Malbec for his first-race win to take a slim one-win lead, 17-16, over defending champion Todd Pletcher, Oscar Gonzalez and Antonio Sano in the trainer’s race. Stanley Gold, Ralph Nicks, Ralph Ziadie, and Armando De la cerda, are two back with 15 winners.

Arindel holds a 14-10 edge over Bruno Schickedanz in the race for leading owner.

Hosts and analysts Jason Blewitt, Acacia Courtney and Ron Nicoletti take a look at Saturday’s Rainbow 6 and how they will play it.

Jason Blewitt’s Rainbow 6 Ticket

Phase one in the construction of my Rainbow 6 ticket for Saturday’s Summit of Speed centered on X Y Jet in the Smile Sprint (race 13). Just as I suspected, X Y Jet – an insanely gifted, classy and fast racehorse – cast an imposing shadow over the Smile. Single.

I bounced next to leg 1 (race 9) and attempted to figure out who was live. There are seven first-time starters in that 10-horse cast of 2-year-old maiden claimers. It’s a tough race, and add some of the trainers involved – Kathleen O’Connell, Ralph Nicks, Ralph Ziadie, Saffie Joseph Jr. – and you have got one tricky 2-year-old maiden heat. In the end, I opted for one runner with experience, Awesome Friday and two firsters, Sunshine Bay and Bargainaire.

I prefer the dropdowns, mainly Friend Zone and Iron Johnny in race 10.

It’s a similar situation in the 11th race as the three runners on my Rainbow ticket are each plummeting in claiming price (friendly reminder: the three trainers I used here in Victor Barboza Jr., Gustavo Delgado and Ralph Nicks are all in the running to win the spring meet training title). Each barn might be getting a little aggressive with their stock in the hopes of scoring a Gulfstream Park training title).

We’re back up in class in race 12, the Grade 2 Princess Rooney. I only used two here with Curlin’s Approval (the defending winner) and My Miss Tapit. I’m anxious to see how the public bets My Miss Tapit because I see her co-favored with the classy Curlin’s Approval. Excellent match-up.

Fast-forward to race 14. Coverage, coverage and more coverage. The final leg has 14 runners in the body and consistent and/or reliable form in this $10,000 maiden claimer is a little tough to come by. I opted for a five-horse spread in race that’s a real scramble in my eyes. No matter who you like or how you see things, I wish you the best of luck!

Race 9: 2-6-7

Race 10: 2-5-11

Race 11: 5-6-10

Race 12: 1-3

Race 13: 8

Race 14: 1-3-4-5-8


Acacia Courtney’s Rainbow 6 Ticket

When crafting this Rainbow 6 ticket, I wanted some coverage right off the bat with the maiden claiming race that kicks off the sequence. I ended up just using two horses in the second leg, although that is a race that I would potentially use more of a spread if I was putting together a more costly ticket.

I used three horses in the 11th race, but I am most intrigued by 6-1 shot Journey’s End, who is a re-claim for owner/trainer Jose Jimenez. The G2 Princess Rooney goes as Race 12, and I am using the inside three horses, with My Miss Tapit as my top pick. These three fillies all have outstanding resumes. The stakes action continues with the G3 Smile Sprint, where I used X Y Jet and Reason to Soar. In my opinion, if X Y Jet runs his race, he will be tough to catch. However, Reason to Soar has a different running style, where he can come from off the pace, and may be sitting in the perfect spot as they get closer to the wire. He is also 4-for-4 at Gulfstream.

I wrap up the sequence with three horses and some coverage in the nightcap, using the most logical chalks.

Race 9: 6-7-9

Race 10: 2-9

Race 11: 5-9-13

Race 12: 1-2-3

Race 13: 1-8

Race 14: 1-3-5


Ron Nicoletti’s Rainbow 6 Ticket

When constructing a Rainbow 6 ticket my main objective is try to find a single horse that I can use in my sequence so I can spread and use more horses in races that are more challenging to find a winner. That certainly is the case with super sprinter X Y Jet competing in the Grade 3 Smile Sprint, which is the penultimate race (13) on the ticket.

Race 9: 2-3-6

Race 10: 2-9-11

Race 11: 1-4-10-13

Race 12: 1-3

Race 13: 8

Race 14: 1-4-5-8


Tampa Bay Downs Opens and Closes this Weekend

2018 Summer Meet June 30-July 1, 2018

Two days of excitement-packed Thoroughbred racing provide the backdrop for a full weekend of entertainment – including the highly popular Corgi races – during the sixth annual Summer Festival of Racing and Music on Saturday and Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs.

A full slate of activity Saturday begins at 12:30 p.m. with eight races. The card officially concludes the 2017-2018 meeting. Sunday’s Thoroughbred action at 12:30 p.m. marks the official first day of the 2018-2019 meeting, which is expected to resume in late November.

Casual fans can enjoy a full day of fun Saturday, with a seafood festival featuring crawfish from 5-9 p.m. and musical entertainment supplied by The Super Stars and The Black Honkeys beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For the second consecutive year, the Summer Festival of Racing and Music will feature Corgi racing, with nine heats involving the agile, athletic (and cute) dogs vying for supremacy.

The Corgi races are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission on Saturday is $5, with children getting in free and no charge for parking. Admission is free Sunday.

Throughout the two days of Thoroughbred action, riders will compete in the $5,000 Jockeys’ Challenge, with points awarded based on their finish in each race. The high-scoring jockey during the weekend will receive $2,500, with $1,500 to the runner-up and $1,000 to the third-place finisher.

Longines Tracking System Used at Royal Ascot

Longines Tracking SystemLongines and Ascot Racecourse are proud to announce the official launch of the Swiss watch brand’s innovative Longines Tracking System, which was successfully inaugurated during the prestigious Royal Meeting, on Wednesday 20th of June.

Ascot Racecourse thus became the first racecourse to be equipped with the system. This game-changing timing and tracking system – a world premiere in the horse racing industry – provides instant data on the exact position of horses during a race, race rankings, the distance between horses as well as their acceleration and deceleration. In addition, it measures the horses’ covered and remaining distance in the race.

Entirely based on satellite data, the Longines Tracking System boasts extreme accuracy, without any permanent installation on the racecourse, as required by the currently existing tracking systems. Developed in collaboration with Swiss Timing, the system represents a technological break-through in the horseracing industry, as it enables the most prestigious racecourses across the globe – including those located in protected historical or natural sites – to have access to such advanced technologies.

Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing of Longines said: “For Longines, investing in technological advancements is the latest step in its long-term relationship with horseracing. The Longines Tracking System delivers a number of benefits to the sport and is a game-changer for the racing industry. We believe that live performance data enhances viewing experience and depth of understanding of the sport.”

Juliet Slot, Chief Commercial Officer, Ascot Racecourse commented: “We are delighted to have installed the new Longines Tracking System, adding valuable information to our racegoers and racing shareholders even now in the early days of its implementation. Longines as our Official Partner and Timekeeper has been committed to showcasing their system at Ascot and we are delighted with the results.”

Longines’ passion for equestrian sports dates back more than 140 years. In 1878 already, it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Seen on the racetracks as early as 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the second. Longines’ involvement in equestrian sports includes show-jumping, flat racing, endurance, dressage, driving and eventing competitions. Longines chose to support equestrian sports as a perfect illustration of tradition, performance and elegance, which are the key values of the brand.

About Ascot

Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and is constituted under a statutory trust contained in the Ascot Authority Act 1913. Three trustees (the “Ascot Authority”) are appointed by the Monarch and are ultimately responsible for the stewardship of the trust. The statutory purpose of the trust is to act for the benefit of racing at Ascot. All returns are reinvested in the business for the benefit of Horsemen (Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Jockeys and Stable Staff), racegoers and off course followers, both in the UK and Internationally.

Underneath the Trust, a corporate structure runs the business which employs around 200 people full time (directly and through our food & beverage joint venture with Sodexo known as 1711 by Ascot) and up to 6000 casual raceday staff.

Ascot hosts around 600,000 racegoers a year across 26 racedays (flat and jumps), 300,000 of whom come to Royal Ascot – a pivotal event on the racing and fashion calendar and a semi-state occasion – which equates to roughly 10% of the total number of racegoers attending in the UK from about 1.5% of the fixtures.

Ascot stages nine of the country’s Group One (elite) flat races in the summer, and a further four on the industry owned QIPCO British Champions Day. The Royal Meeting is the most international race meeting in Europe, regularly attracting runners from Australia, the USA, Asia and from within Europe.

Ascot currently turns over around £90m per annum and generates around £20m in net cash, all of which is reinvested into the business (1) to repay debt following the 2004-2006 £220m redevelopment (now under £60m), (2) in infrastructure and venue experience (currently around £7m per annum), (3) in prize money and (4) in general business development.

Alongside racing, Ascot runs a £2m a year conference and events business and from July 2018 will run its own pool betting business, AscotBet, in conjunction with the Tote.

Ascot’s overall direct economic impact has been measured by Deloitte as being around £150m per annum (excluding the very substantial off course betting).

Ascot is broadcast live in over 175 territories worldwide; at home on ITV and overseas, including NBC. International reach is pivotal to Ascot’s future business development and as a shop window for international investment in British Racing’s £3bn per annum industry.

Ascot engages with its wider community in a range of ways. Around 250 charities benefit in some way from Ascot’s support each year. Ascot’s Property Raceday raises just under £200,000 per annum for children’s charities and from 2015 – 2017, Ascot raised £1.1m for The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Ascot partners with the Berkshire Community Foundation to directly benefit regional charities.

Monster Rainbow Six Carryover Today at Gulfstream Park

June 29, 2018

With Saturday’s mandatory-payout looming, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 27th consecutive racing day Thursday at Gulfstream Park, leaving a carryover jackpot of $848,456.20 for Friday’s twilight card.

First-race post time for Friday’s nine-race program is set for 2:15 p.m.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $2,176.20 Thursday. There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover Friday of $4,491.85.

The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

On mandatory payout days, the carryover jackpot is completely disbursed and shared by all bettors holding tickets with the most winners.

Should the Rainbow go unsolved on Friday, the carryover jackpot could approach $1 million for Saturday’s Summit of Speed program that will be co-headlined by the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2), a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ race, and the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G3).

Los Al Carryovers for Day Two of New Meet

There will be a Pick 6 carryover of $10,268 when racing resumes Friday, the second day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos in Cypress, Calif.

The primary catalysts for the carryover were Swallows Inn Gal, who won the fifth race at 18-1 under apprentice jockey Kellie McDaid, and Cee Sam’s Girl, who rallied from far off the pace to win the eighth at $28 under jockey Kyle Frey.

There is also a Super High 5 carryover of $3,204. The $1 minimum wager, which requires a player to correctly identify the first five finishers, is offered daily in the final race.

Post time Friday is 1 p.m. The Pick Six will begin in the third race, which has a scheduled post time of 1:58 p.m.

Impressive Debut for racehorse First Mondays

Glenangus Farm LLC’s First Mondays, trained by John Servis and ridden by Roberto Alvarado Jr., was an impressive debut winner of the eighth race on Thursday. A 3-year-old son of Curlin out of the Awesome Again mare Formalities Aside, First Mondays drew off down the stretch to a 3 3/4-length victory while covering six furlongs in 1:10.50. First Mondays sold for $450,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale.

Source: Press Releases

“Off the Charts” Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – June 29, 2018

Put these free horses to watch in your Stable Alert or Virtual Stable Mail

Belmont Park

TAKE CHARGE AUDREY (Race 6 @BEL, 6/15/18) – this New York bred filly was making her third lifetime start for trainer Bruce Levine and her first start going long. Into the far turn she navigated her way through traffic to sit a close fourth behind a trio of runners, while she waited for room.  Once a hole opened up on the inside, she exploded under David Cohen and drew off to a devastating 9-length score.  Could have a bright future for Levine and Glencrest Farm.

Churchill Downs

DIVISIDERO (race 6 @Cd, 6/16/18) – Churchill Downs horse for the turf course suffered a brutal trip en route to a sneaky good 4th place finish in the $200k Wise Dan Stakes.  Javier Toledo gave an amateurish ride as he had him in all sorts of trouble before finally getting clear about 100 yards from the winner.  Came flying late to just miss 2nd and 3rd.   Wins back at Churchill, where almost all his wins are, with a new rider.

Sports Betting Play Churchill Downs Is Close To Scoring Breakout

A Sports Betting Play, the Churchill Downs Stock Has Been Down this Week in Trading.

The Kentucky Derby operator is leading the competitive Leisure-Gaming/Equipment industry group. It is trotting ahead of big hitters like Las Vegas Sands (LVS), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (MGM).

This is the IBD Stock Of The Day.

Investor’s Business Daily Full coverage

Source: IBD Stock Of The Day: Sports Betting Play Churchill Downs Is Close To Scoring Breakout

Handicapping Tip of the Day #44 – Millions of Ways to Lose a Horse Race

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by Rich Nilsen

It’s sobering, but true.  There are so many ways to lose a horse race, but, it seems, only a few ways to win.  Saturday, June 9 was on the radar for the entire horse racing community, and many outside it, for the prospect of Justify becoming the 13th Triple Crown winner.  There is little doubt that 53 year old Mike Smith had been thinking about it for the three weeks since Justify had captured the Preakness Stakes. In fact, it was reported on NBC that Smith had turned down all types of engagements leading up to the Belmont Stakes, spending a lot of time in the gym and staying strictly focused on preparing for the most important mount of his life.

Unfortunately for me, and several of my friends, Mike Smith also had the mount on my best bet of the day, a horse that would go off at 30-1.  This was a runner that was in the race right before the Belmont Stakes, the G1 Manhattan Handicap going 10 furlongs on the grass.  What follows in my write-up on the top choice at 15/1 on the morning line in my Belmont Stakes card analysis:

Pace Analysis: One Go All Go and Beach Patrol will ensure a quick pace in this 10 furlong turf route. 

Spot Play Selection: # 11 MANITOULIN (20/1) had a difficult trip off the bench last time out and can move forward in a big way on the stretch out to 10 furlongs.  He was a 16-1 value play winner for us last year on this sheet, and we’re going back to the well with this son of Grade 1 winner Soaring Softly.  Look for Mike Smith to sit this longshot in a good tactical position in mid pack and make a run for the lead turning for home.

While Manitoulin was taking the scenic route right from the beginning by staying to the outside 6 wide on the first turn, Edgar Prado was tucking his mount (#13) into the two path.  Manitoulin continued on the far outside the entire backstretch while Prado’s mount was riding the hedge.  Smith made a run for the lead at the top of the stretch but by then his mount has expended an incredible amount of wasted energy.  Despite that he battles gamely and loses by less than a length as Spring Quality comes storming on the outside to get up for the win.

It was a crushing blow 60 minutes before the Triple Crown attempt by Justify, and this loss cost me multiple big scores on the day.

We’ve all been the beneficiaries of bad trips by horses that should have won, but how often do we take notice of that? Let’s say you loved Spring Quality.  Do you really think you would be saying after the race, “boy, I got lucky. If Manitoulin had any type of reasonable trip, he would have won.”  Of course not.  You would patting yourself on the back for coming up with a really nice longshot winner.  It’s human nature to overlook the fortunate ways we benefited from a win, but instead dwell on the terrible losses and how unlucky we were.  It’s important to keep things in perspective.

I’ll put Manitoulin in my horses to watch list and hope to be more fortunate next time around.

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Virginia Legalizes Betting on ‘Historical Horse Races’

Breaking News.  Virginia Legalizes Betting on ‘Historical Horse Races’

Courthouse News Service Horse Race Betting Now Year-Round KJZZ Full coverage

Source: Virginia Legalizes Betting on ‘Historical Horse Races’

Los Alamitos to Feature July 4th NHC Qualifier

NTRA NHC logoThe Los Alamitos Racing Association will offer a cash prize and as many as three seats to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas with a live money handicapping contest Wednesday, July 4.

Cost to enter is $400. Of that amount, $100 will be placed in the contest prize pool with the remaining funds going towards a live-money wagering card.

Contestants must enter prior to 1 p.m. – post time for the first race – July 4. Players can begin entering the contest once track gates open at 9:30 a.m. that morning.

Tournament races will include the entire card at Los Alamitos with permitted wagers including win, place, show, exactas and daily doubles beginning in the first five races of the card. Each entry must bet at least $50 on six races, but there is no wagering limit.

The player with the highest bankroll at the end of the day will be declared the winner and the player with the second highest bankroll will be the runner-up.

The winner will receive 50% of the prize pool, which will be capped at $10,000. The remaining payoffs: 20% (2nd place), 15% (3rd place), 10% (4th place) and 5% (5th place).

Three NHC berths will be up for grabs if the contest has more than 60 entrants. If less than 60, two NHC spots will be available.

Another NHC qualifier at Los Alamitos is scheduled for Saturday, July 14.

For complete contest rules and any questions, contact or phone 714-820-2690.

The Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos will begin Thursday, June 28 and continue through Sunday, July 15.

source: Press Release

G1 Diamond Jubilee Sprint Headlines Final Day of 2018 Royal Ascot

The final Group One race of the week is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs, on Saturday.

There is an unusually small field of 12 for the race, which in fact reflects the quality – often there are a lot of speculative runners but those at the top of the market are so strong this year that many have stayed at home.

Harry Angel is many people’s idea of the best sprinter in the world, although he has yet to win at Ascot, unlike The Tin Man, who simply loves the place and is looking for a third Group One win over course and distance.

Redkirk Warrior represents Australia, which has a strong record in the Ascot sprints. He has won twice at Group One level in Australia this year, latterly with Merchant Navy, now with Aidan O’Brien, in third. Redkirk Warrior is especially effective on a straight track, and goes well fresh.

Bound For Nowhere, fourth in the Commonwealth Cup last year, runs for the USA and Wesley Ward was talking of him as his best chance of the meeting earlier in the week – his Shakertown form has worked out extremely well and he is a big player in a truly international contest.

The Royal Ascot Racing Club has the consistent Projection in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes following a very decent run behind The Tin Man at Windsor. His form from last year behind this year’s King’s Stand Stakes winner, Blue Point, demonstrates he has every right to be in this line up.

Source: Ascot