Saturday, September 22, 2018

Gulfstream: Huge Fields, 12:45 PM Post

Gulfstream Park hosts a big 12-race card Saturday, with an expected 135 starters!

First post will be 12:45 PM for the Hallandale, Fla. track, with 6 of those races on the turf course – race
numbers 1,3,5,7,9 and 11.

There is one stakes race in the mix:
The Bear’s Den Stakes, a $75,000 purse race with the morning line favorite Gemonteer at 5:2.

The Rainbow 6 wager on Friday paid a handsome $10,716 to 3 winners. Best Candy rattled the barns with a 44:1 odds win in the 8th race, by 1-1/4 lengths. The favorite finished 6th in the 7 horse field.

Surprisingly, the late Pick-5 paid a huge $37,620. It was a nine race card Friday, so the longshot was included
in both wagers.

The Rainbow 6 carryover grows to $40,393.
The field for today’s races in the Rainbow 6 is 71 entries, vs. just 50 starters Friday.

Total handle was $4.18 million Friday.

Good Luck !

Friday, September 21, 2018

Gulfstream's Friday Card

Gulfstream Park will host a 9 race card today with a 2:00 PM first post time. The popular Rainbow 6 will commence with race 4 with a 3:30 PM post time.

58 starters are expected in the Rainbow races.

Thursday's recap: Gulfstream ran 10 races with a $3.65 million handle. It was the second day in the new Rainbow 6 sequence, as the jackpot was hit on Saturday the 15th (see prior post on that data).

The Rainbow 6 pool was a normally weekday figure of $45,669, with 52 winning tickets each earning $487. The long-odds winner was Reagan's Odyssey at 8:1 in race 4, a $16,000 claiming race for 3 year-olds.

The carryover is $26,615 today, so we don't expect much wagering as the small pool discourages the larger betting dollars. However, you can have some fun with some low dollar bets.

To go ALL-IN with the 58 entrants would cost you $145,152 today, a foolish wager given the jackpot size currently.

The Super Hi-5 does have a carryover, and stands at $3,835. It will be run on race 1 today, as that race is scheduled for 7 starters, the minimum number to offer this wager.

Good luck ! 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Tamiami Handicap, at Five Furlongs on Turf, Tops GP Sunday Card

The Sunday feature at Gulfstream Park is the $75,000 Tamiami Handicap at five furlongs on turf for 3-year-olds and up.

It is the fourth race with scheduled post of 2:15 p.m. First  post  is 12:45 p.m.  for  the 12-race card.

On Saturday, American Frolic rallied from eighth and last place after a half mile and won the $75,000 Miss Gracie at  7 1/2 furlongs on turf for 3-year-old fillies.

We will have details of those stories and other Gulfstream racing news during the afternoon and evening on this blog.

Inside Saturday's Rainbow 6 Takedown

The Gulfstream Park Rainbow 6  had just one winning ticket on Saturday, and it paid $244,788.08 on the 20-cent only bet.

It was the only ticket with all six winning horses. The program numbers of those horses were 11-12-9-4-2-5. 

Gulfstream will begin a  new Rainbow 6 pool on Sunday. The 12-race card has a first post of 12:45 p.m.

The Rainbow 6  will be on races seven to 12 with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:52 p.m.

The Saturday winning ticket took down the entire carryover of $154,834 plus 80 percent of the day's Rainbow 6  bet of $112,457 (20 percent takeout).

The sequence began with Independent Worker (11) at 45-1 winning the sequence-starting seventh race.  It ended with First Off (5), the 1-2 favorite, winning the 12th race. In between, the winning horses' odds were 15-1, 22-1,s 7-1 and 2-1.

There were 61 runners in the six races. The combination of the large fields and longshot winners left  only six live  tickets going into the  12th race.

Each of those tickets had a horse singled out.  One ticket, and only one, had First Off as a single in the 5 1/2 furlong dirt race--a $10,000 maiden claimer for fillies and mare3-YO and up.

No doubt, numerous other tickets had First Off as a  single.  But those tickets  got knocked out earlier in the Rainbow 6.

That points out the biggest risk in the Rainbow 6--there are no consolation payouts.

First Off's credentials were obvious. The 4-year-old daughter of First Dude was dropping from  the $20,000 level, coming off a bullet workout at Gulfstream; and had hit the board in three of four starts.

 She also had these connections: owner Frank Carl Calabrese, trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. and jockey Paco  Lopez.

First  Off was the leader  at every  call and won in the respectable time  of 1:04.14.

The carryover had built up over ten days when there were multiple tickets with the winners of  all six winners.  On those days, Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the new Rainbow 6 bets, divides 56 percent among winning tickets and adds 24 percent to the carryover.

Gulfstream said the winning ticket was purchased on Xpressbet. That is the advance deposit  wagering company owned by The Stronach Group, the parent company of Gulfstream.

*On Saturday the Late Pick 5  paid $12,748.30 for the minimum 50 cent  bet.  Tickets with four of five winners paid $98.15.  The number of winning tickets was not readily available,=. The Late Pick 5 pool was $120,008.