Mandatory Payout of Rainbow Six at Gulfstream on Saturday 9/11

Gulfstream Park grandstand copyright All Star Press 2012HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 will highlight Saturday’s 12-race Gulfstream Park program, which will also feature the $75,000 Sheer Drama Stakes and the $60,000 North Bay Village Handicap.

The mandatory-payout pool of the popular multi-race wager is expected to grow over $2.5 million Saturday. Following Friday’s program, the jackpot pool swelled to $588,559.89.

The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 21 consecutive racing days since a July 31 mandatory payout. The Rainbow 6 jackpot pool is usually 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 usually goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool. However, on mandatory-payout days, the entire pool is paid out to the bettor or bettors with the most winners in the six-race sequence.

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Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 7-12, headlined by the Sheer Drama in Race 11. The seven-furlong stakes for Florida-bred fillies and mares attracted a well-stocked field of eight sprinters, including multiple graded stakes-placed Sound Machine. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief is coming off a third-place finish in the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2). Kathleen O’Connell-trained Thissmytime, who set the track record for seven-furlongs at Gulfstream Park West last fall, will seek to improve on a pair of subpar showings that followed a runner-up finish in the Jan. 23 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream. Multiple-stakes winners Heiressall and Starship Bonita are also entered.

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The Rainbow 6 sequence is kicked off by a mile maiden special weight race for fillies and mares on turf in Race 7.  Tom Proctor-trained Free Data, who is working sharply at Palm Meadows after coming up short in the stretch last time out, is the lukewarm 3-1 morning-line favorite in what will likely be a popular ‘spread’ race with Rainbow 6 bettors.

Joe Orseno-trained Call Bros, a winner over slightly weaker rivals last time out, figures to receive solid support in Race 8, a 7 ½-furlong turf races for 3-year-olds and up in which there appear to be several upset possibilities.  Race 9, a six-furlong maiden special weight race for Florida-bred juveniles, is headed by Juan Carlos Avila-trained Spuntacular, the 6-5 favorite who ran second and third in his first two career starts under less-than-ideal trips. Georgina Baxter-trained R Big G, a son of The Big Beast, Bob Hess Jr.-trained Birdnote, a son of Noble Bird, and Patrick Biancone-trained Mr Rum Runner, a son of Uncaptured, are interesting first-time starters with strong series of works.

Rohan Crichton-trained Captain Ron, a turf sprinter who won two of his last three starts, is rated as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in Race 10, an optional claiming allowance at five furlongs on turf. Trainer Steve Klesaris, who has a deft hand with turf sprinters will be represented by The Virginian. Carlos David-trained Discreet Tune looked sharp last time out while facing weaker.

The Sheer Drama will be followed by a 7 ½-furlong turf race for $20,000 claimers in Race 12 that should pose a challenge to Rainbow 6 bettors. Richard Silvestri-trained Catching Fish is the 3-1 morning-line favorite on the strength of beating better last time out. Uno Tiger is scheduled to make his turf debut for trainer Kathleen O’Connell. The son of Macho Uno is out of a mare who won both on dirt and turf.

A maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds at 7 ½ furlongs on turf will kick off Saturday’s program. Trainer Mark Casse will unveil Michael Tabor’s War Strategy, a son of War Front out of Coolmore, a Group 3 stakes-winning daughter of Galileo. Trainer Herman Wilensky and Harry Orgo’s Harry’s Onthebeach, a half-brother to stakes-winner Harry’s Ontheloose, will make his second start after finishing a troubled second in his debut.

Tom Proctor-trained Summering will concede two and seven pounds to her rivals in the North Bay Village, a mile overnight handicap for fillies and mares on turf carded as Race 5. The multiple stakes-winning 5-year-old daughter of War Front, who will carry 124 pounds, will seek to rebound from an even fourth-place finish in the Ginger Punch.

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