Thursday, March 23, 2017

Short Fields at Guifstream Today

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.
--Jim Freer

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