A disqualification in today's tenth and final race at the Gulfstream Park West meet resulted in there being just one winning ticket in the Rainbow 6--for $79,095.52.
Tonite Tonite (6-5) came in first by a half-length over Dancin in the Heat (3-1) in the $10.000 maiden claiming race at one mile on dirt for 3-year-olds and up.
But stewards reversed the order after they determined that Tonite Tonite, clinging to the lead and racing on the inside, interfered with Dancin in the Heat in the stretch run. In addition Pedro Monterey Jr., rider of Dancin in the Heat, filed an objection against Manoel Cruz, rider of Tonite Tonite.
Watching the race live the bumping was clearly apparent. The head-on replay showed Tonite Tonite veering out and causing Dancin in the Heat to alter stride.
Gulfstream Park is holding the GP West meet at Calder under a lease agreement with that track.
The Rainbow 6 is on each day's last six races, and is a 20-cent per combination only bet.
At the GP West meet and at its own track, Gulfstream pays out the full Rainbow 6 pool (day's bets plus carryover) only on days when there is just one ticket with the winners of all six races
On other days it divides 70 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bets (minus the 20 percent takeout) among tickets with the most winners and puts the remaining 30 percent into the carryover.
The GP West meet will resume on Wednesday with ten races and first post of 12:35 p.m. There will be the start of a new Rainbow 6 pool.
Wednesday will be the 27th day of the GP West meet which will close on Nov. 28. If a carryover extends into that day Gulfstream under state law must pay out the full pool (day's bets plus carryover) even if there are multiple winning tickets.
State laws prohibit Gulfstream from extending any GP West carryovers into the Gulfstream championship meet that will begin on Dec. 5.
-- Jim Freer