Saturday, July 19 -- There was just one winning ticket, for $149,051, on Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow 6 bet for Saturday.
All other tickets were eliminated when 52-1 Eclipticalswildcat rolled to a gate-to-wire victory in the day’s 11th and final race, a $6,250 claimer at 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt. In addition, that longshot’s win prevented anyone from hitting the Super Hi-Five on the last race--leading to a third straight carryover.
The Rainbow 6 winning 9-9-5-9-6-12 ticket was purchased on Xpressbet, the Advance Deposit Wagering service owned by Gulfstream’s parent The Stronach Group. As of Saturday night, the winning bettor had not been identified.
Gulfstream is guaranteeing that there will be a payout of at least $50,000 if there is just one winning ticket on Sunday’s Rainbow 6. It begins with the fifth race abd scheduled post time of 3:21 p.m.
The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent only bet that requires picking the winners of each of the day’s last six races. Multiple horses are permitted in each race for the bet.
Gulfstream pays out the full Rainbow 6 pool (each day’s bets plus any carryover) only on days when there is just one winning ticket. On other days, winning ticket holders divide 70 percent of the day’s Rainbow 6 bets, with the remainder going into the carryover.
On Sunday, Gulfstream will have a carryover of
$54,480.81 on its Super Hi-Five bet on the tenth and final race. The $1 minimum bet requires picking the first five horses in the day’s final race--a superfecta plus one.
Saturday was the third straight day when no bettors hit the Super Hi-Five.
Holdinbullets, the 4-5 favorite, finished second behind the 52-1 winner. The odds on the third through fifth place finishers were 138-1, 32-1 and 16-1.
Gulfstream paid a consolation 12-6-ALL-ALL-AL of $136.50. There were winners of the superfecta, at $5,520.03 for a10-cent bet.
The race had 13 starters, on a day when Gulfstream had 105 starters in 11 races. That average of 9.5 has been reached by Gulfstream several times since July 1--after Calder Casino & Race Course stopped racing on the same days as Gulfstream.
As expected, the large field sizes have helped Gulfstream increase its average daily all-sources handle to almost $4 million this month, compared with about $3 million per day in June.
In many races, particularly claiming, longshots are coming in and bringing about huge payoffs.
This past Friday was an example, when 75-1 long shot Argavi won the ninth and last race.
That produced the rare situation of no Rainbow 6 tickets with all six winners. So, the bet paid off on five of six winners, with each ticket worth $5,334.20.
With no bettors hitting Friday’s Super Hi-Five, the consolation 4-10-ALL-ALL-ALL payoff was $154.70.