HorseRacingFLA Staff Report
Racing will resume at Gulfstream Park and at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday afternoon, amid the excitement of a Rainbow 6 carryover above $1.35 million at Gulfstream and the anticipation of this weekend’s stakes races at both tracks.
The Wednesday action at Gulfstream will start at 11:00 a.m. with the draw for post positions for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (Grade 1). It will be one of nine stakes races on the Saturday card.
On the track on Wednesday, Gulfstream has an 11-race card with first post at 12:35 p.m.
The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $1,354,777. It is on races six to 11 with the sequence set to start at 3:02 p.m.
The carryover has been growing because Sunday was the 23rd straight race day without the jackpot payoff requirement of just one ticket with the winners of all six Rainbow 6 races. The jackpot on the 20-cent only bet consists of 80 percent of the day’s Rainbow 6 bet plus the full carryover.
At Tampa Bay Downs, the Wednesday card has nine races with first post of 12:55 p.m.
On Sunday, Tampa Bay will have the 15th annual Florida Cup with six stakes races. All of those races have $100,000 purses and are restricted to Florida breds.
We will be at Gulfstream on Wednesday and will have coverage, including the Florida Derby draw, on this blog.