Monday, November 11, 2019

GP West Rainbow 6 Carryover Passes $700,000

The Gulfstream Park West  meet's Rainbow 6 carryover is thirty days old and has grown to  $727,236. following a  Sunday of chalky winners.

The carryover will be up for grabs on Wednesday when the GP West meet resumes at Calder in Miami Gardens.

There will be eight races with first post of 1:20 p.m.

The Rainbow 6  will be on races  three to eight with the sequence  scheduled to start  at 2:20 p.m.  We plan to preview those races on Wednesday morning.

Note: Numbers in this  story are from HorseRacingFLA's review of Equibase charts on GP West races.

Sunday Results On Sunday there were 491 tickets with all six winners. Each  received $167.52 on the 20 cents per combination only bet.

Program numbers of the winning horses were 2-6-7-7-5-8.

Five of the Rainbow 6 races were won by favorites and the other was won by a 7-2 shot.

That helps explain why there was the lowest Rainbow 6 payoff and the largest number  of winning tickets during the current cycle that began on Oct. 2.  That was opening day of the GP  West meet.

The Growing Carryover The carryover keeps growing because the meet has not  had any days with the jackpot payoff requirement of just  one ticket with all six winning horses.

The jackpot consists of the entire coming in carryover plus 80 percent of the day's new Rainbow 6 bet.

On days with multiple winning tickets, such as Sunday, meet sponsor Gulfstream Park takes out 20 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet.  It then divides 56 percent among winning tickets and adds 24 percent to the carryover.

On Sunday, the carryover coming in was $691,990.  

The 40-day GP West meet will end Sunday Nov. 24 and the Gulfstream championship meet will open Friday Nov. 29.

A Florida law prohibits a pari-mutuel from extending  a carryover into another meet.

So on the last day of the  GP West meet there will need to be a mandatory payoff of the carryover--no matter the number of winning tickets.

It is likely that there also would be a  mandatory payoff on Saturday Nov.23--the heaviest betting day of the week.

If the carryover continues to GP West closing weekend, we expect it would be between $1 million and $1.2 million. In that  case betting on the Rainbow 6 would probably be $5 million or more--with  a large number of bettors who usually do not play the Rainbow 6 jumping in to chase money that others have lost.

The Gulfstream summer meet, which  ended Sept. 29, had a Rainbow 6 carryover that lasted 47 racing days.

It was hit by a single ticket on Friday Sept. 27, a non-mandatory payoff day, and paid $2,213,978 on a 20-cent bet.

The summer meet carryover after 30 days was $975,000 --34 percent higher than the current  carryover after 40 days.

In recent years, daily average total handle at the summer meet has been about $5 million, compared with about $4 million at the GP West meet.

The summer meet usually has nine races per day, with  four-day race weeks. GP West usually has eight races per day and five day weeks.

Because the summer meet is run at Gulfstream, it is more popular than GP West with simulcast  and ADW bettors.

Bettors at GP West have to  deal with makeshift conditions, since Calder tore down its grandstand in stages between  2015  and 2017.
--Jim Freer and Barry Unterbrink



Sunday, November 10, 2019

GP West Rainbow 6 Starts With Win By 4--5 Shot

Fortunate Friends (2), the 4-5 favorite, won Sunday's  fourth race at the Gulfstream Park West meet to start the Rainbow 6,

The carryover coming in was $691,990. Bettors added $146,888 to the pool.

Conditions are fast and firm.
The fourth race had just six starters, and there are just 43 starters in the sequence.

And with syndicates and computerized programs going deep in some races, it might require three double digit-odds winners to have just one jackpot-taking down ticket with all six winners.

We will keep you posted on this 29th day of the carryover.

GP West: Results of Saturday Stakes Races; Lopez, Camacho Each Ride Three Winners

The Gulfstream Park West meet on Saturday held its annual Millions Preview program, with nine stakes races among its eleven races.

All of the stakes had purses of $75,000 and were restricted to Florida breds.  The GP West meet is conducted by Gulfstream Park and is run at Calder in Miami Gardens.

This story has a list of the stakes winners, below.  Later this weekend, we will have stories with additional details on the stakes races.

In other GP West news from Saturday:
*Paco Lopez and Samy Camacho each rode three stakes winners.  

The winning jockeys, trainers and odds are listed below.

Lopez added a fourth win, in the fifth race which was a claimer for fillies and mares 3-YO and up.

The four victories moved Lopez into second place in the GP West jockey standings.

He has 23 wins through Saturday, the 29th day of the 40-day meet that will end Nov. 24.

Cristian Torres, a five-pound apprentice, leads with 24.  Defending GP West champion Edgard Zayas and Leonel Reyes are tied for third at 22 wins. Emisael Jaramillo is next with 20.

The GP West meet started Oct. 2.  Lopez was not there until mid-October.  Instead, he was at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., where he led jockeys in wins.  He has won multiple riding titles at Gulfstream and Calder.

At the current GPW meet, Lopez has his 23 wins in 79 mounts.  His 29 percent winning percentage is the best among the meet's jockeys who have ten or more wins.

On Sunday, Gulfstream has a nine-race card with first post at 12:50 p.m.

Lopez has seven mounts for the day. Torres, Zayas and Jaramillo are each listed on six mounts.

Reyes suffered a broken arm and broken chin in a spill during the seventh race at GP West  on Nov. 1.  It is expected that he will not be able to ride until late December.

Reyes was unseated when the 3-year-old filly Blue Eyed Beth hit the rail.  She was uninjured.

Camacho has eight wins in 55 starts at the GP West meet.  His achievements include leading  jockeys in wins at the 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Downs meet.

*On Saturday, GP West had six turf races and five dirt races.

Only one race was won by a horse leading at every call.

That was Travy Boy, at 21-1, in the Millions Sprint Preview (6th race) at six furlongs on dirt with Lopez riding.

Through most of the meet, the dirt surface has been favorable to front runners and horses from mid-pack and closers have won most turf races.

Stakes Results:
Here are results of Saturday's stakes at GP West--with trainers, jockeys and odds.

An asterisk indicates that the race was a prep for a stakes race with similar conditions and distance that will be on the Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream on Jan. 18.

*Millions Turf Preview (1 1/16 miles, 3-YO and up):  Galleon Mast--David Fawkes, Paco Lopez, 9-5

.Millions Distaff (7  furlongs. F&M, 3-YO and up):  Wildwood's Beauty--Scott Baker, Samy Camacho, even money

Juvenile Turf (1 mile, 2-YO): Captain D--Saffie Joseph Jr., Edgard Zayas, 1-2

*Millions Classic Preview (1 1/16 miles, 3-YO and up): Red Crescent, John Vinson, Samy Camacho, even money

*Millions Sprint Preview (6 furlongs, 3-YO and up): Travy Boy, Michael Arieta, Paco Lopez, 21-1

Juvenile Fillies Turf (1 mile, 2-YO fillies): American Giant, Michael Trombetta, Samy Camacho, 5-1

Juvenile Fillies Sprint (6 1/2 furlongs, 2YO fillies): Ceci Valentina, Angel Rodriguez, Marcos Meneses, 7-2

* Filly and Mare Turf Preview (1 1/16 miles. F&M, 3-YO and up): Picara, Jorge Delgado, Rajiv Maragh, 28-1

Juvenile Sprint (6 1/2 furlongs, 2-YO): As Seen on Tv, Kelly Breen, Paco  Lopez, 6-5
--Jim Freer

Saturday, November 9, 2019

GP West Rainbow 6 Carryover Stays Alive, and Will Be $691,990 on Sunday's Card

By Jim Freer and Barry Unterbrink

Kantharos' Image (1) passed Harry's Ontheloose (2) in deep stretch and went on to win by three-quarters of a length in the 11th and final race at the Gulfstream Park West meet on Saturday.

The result kept the Rainbow 6 carryover alive for a 29th  day (the entire GP West meet thus far).

The carryover will be $691,990 on Sunday.  

The GP West meet, run at Calder in Miami
Gardens, will have nine races with first post at 12:50 p.m

The Rainbow 6 will be on races four to nine, with the sequence set to start at 2:22 p.m.

If Harry's Ontheloose had won yesterday's 11th race, there would have been just one ticket with all six  winning horses in the the Rainbow 6.  That ticket would have taken down a jackpot of  approximately $800,000.

Instead, the win by Kantharos' Image left two tickets with six winners.  Both received $65,741.60 on the 20 cents per combination only bet..

Program numbers of the winning horses were 5-3-6-5-5-1.

Other Rainbow 6 and wagering notes:
*Bettors added $206,650 to the Rainbow 6--the most on any day in the current cycle. Twenty-four percent of that was added to the carryover.

*Going into the last race there were 16 live tickets on the Rainbow 6.

* Four tickets had a horse singled in the $16,000 optional claiming raee at five furlongs on turf turf for 3-year-old and up.  In addition to Harry's Ontheloose, the singled horses had program numbers 3, 8  and 10.

Meet sponsor Gulfstream Park pays out the Rainbow 6 jackpot (full carryover plus 80 percent of the day's new Rainbow 6 bet)  only on days when there is just one ticket with all six winners.

So, once again there was excitement in watching a last race at GP West, even if you were not alive in the Rainbow 6.

*Saturday  was Millions Preview day, with nine stakes races.

Two of those races had longshot winners, and both were part of the Rainbow 6.

Travy Boy (5) , at 21-1, shot out to the lead and went on to win the sixth race--the Millions Sprint Preview.

Picara (5)  at 28-1 won the ninth race--the Filly and mare Turf Preview.

*Betting on the Late Pick 5 was $124,888.

Tickets with  five winners made $8,884.90 on a minimum 50 cent bet. Tickets with four winners made $54.35.  The number of winning tickets was not readily available.

The  Late Pick 5 included Picara's win, but not Travy  Boy's win/

*Amid intermittent rain, conditions were listed as Fast and Firm throughout the day.

Total handle was  $5,530,719.

*GP West held its 2018 Millions Preview Day on Saturday Nov. 10.--with eleven races including the same nine stakes as this year.

Total handle was $6,321,759 on a clear day with Fast and Firm conditions.

The Rainbow 6 was hit by  a single winning ticket on the previous day.

Thus, there was a new Rainbow 6 pool with betting of  $60,517.  Of that, $14,518  was placed into a new carryover.

There were 43 tickets with all six winners and each received $726.92.