Here are some numbers that point out that spring has arrived, at least unofficially, in South Florida racing.
Barring any more scratches, there will be only 67 starters in today's ten races at Gulfstream Park.
That is the lowest number of starters yet during Gulfstream's 86-day championship meet that will end on April 2.
The previous low was yesterday when there were 71 starters in ten races. Things will pick up a bit tomorrow (Friday), when there are 85 entrants in eleven races.
The two days of short fields are an indication that many trainers are starting their annual treks back to tracks in northern states, and taking horses with them.
Yesterday's smaller-than-usual fields resulted in all-sources handle of $5,852,677 at Gulfstream. That is the fifth lowest handle of the meet, behind three other Wednesdays.
Today's Rainbow 6 is on races five through ten, wit the sequence scheduled to star at 2:32 p.m.
There will be 43 starters--very low for the Rainbow 6.
The carryover coming in today is $937,826. On Wednesday, bettors put $299,555 into the Rainbow 6. Look for more than $300,000 to come in today.
We will be back around 2:00 p.m. with more on the Rainbow 6--today and in general.