A pair of $400,000 Florida Sire stakes races on Saturday and the prospect of as much as $1 million in Rainbow 6 betting on Sunday loom as highlights of the closing weekend at Gulfstream Park's summer meet.
The Saturday action is underway, following first post of 12:00 p.m.
The co-features are the $400,000 In Reality for 2-year-old males and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for 2-year-old fillies Both races are 1 1/16 miles on dirt.
The My Dear Girl is the 11th race with scheduled post of 4:58 p.m. The In Reality is the 13th race with scheduled post of 6:03 p.m.
The Gulfstream Saturday card has five other stakes races. We will have coverage on this blog.
The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $109,718. It is on races nine to 14 with the sequence set to start at 3:55 p.m.
On Sunday, the meet's closing day, Gulfstream will pay out its Rainbow 6 jackpot - no matter the number of tickets with the winners of all six (races the last six on the card).
The jackpot consists of the entire coming-in carryover plus 80 percent of the day's new Rainbow 6 bets.
On most days, Gulfstream pays out the jackpot only if there is just one ticket with the winners of all six races. If there are multiple winning tickets, Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the days Rainbow 6 bet, It then divides 56 percent of the day's bet among tickets with six winners and adds 24 percent to the carryover.
If there are multiple winning tickets on Saturday, the carryover for Sunday probably will be in the $150,000 range. In at case, Gulfstream history indicates that Sunday's Rainbow 6 betting will be between $500,000 and $1 million.
The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent only wager. Bettors can put an unlimited number of 20 cent combinations on a ticket. For example, a ticket with two horses in each race has 64 combinations and costs $12.80.
- Jim Freer and Barry Unterbrink
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