By Jim Freer and Barry Unterbrink
The Gulfstream :Park West meet is 25 days old and the Rainbow 6 carryover has grown on each of those days---reaching $533,241 when racing resumes on Wednesday.
First post will be 1:00 p.m. for an eight-race card at Calder in Miami Gardens.
The Rainbow 6 will be on races three to eight with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.
On Sunday, there were just three tickets with all six Rainbow 6 winners. Each was paid $29,224.68 on the 20-cent per combination only bet.
Program numbers of the winning horses were 9-9-3-1-7-11.
The number of winning tickets was low primarily because Takestwotowiggle (11) at 29-1 won the eighth and final race.
Going into the eighth race there were tickets with 81 1ive combinations.
Only one had a single--on Sharon's Law (3). If that horse won, the ticket holder would have taken down a jackpot payoff of approximately $630,000.
That would have combined the entire coming-in carryover of $498,621 plus 80 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet of $144.042.
Sharon's Law finished sixth in the field of eleven horses.
Odds on the other five winning horses were 7-1. 2-1. 9-2. 5-2 and 7-2.
On days with multiple tickets that have all six winners,.Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet. It then divides 56 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bets among tickets with six wiinner and adds 24 percent to the carryover.
The high odds on the eighth race winner led to these high payoffs:
*Late Pick 5 =-$46,032 wagered; tickets with five of five wieners received $14,672.10 on the minimum 50 cent bet.
The number of winning tickets was not available. But it probably was two or three. Tickets with four of five winners received $80.55 on the minimum 50 cent=bet.
*Late Pick 4 -- $50,732 wagered; tickets with all four winners paid $8,052.28 on the minimum 50 cent bet.
On days, such as Sunday, with multiple tickets that have all six winners,.Gulfstream takes out 20 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bet. It then divides 56 percent of the day's Rainbow 6 bets and adds 24 percent to the carryover.
The GP West carryover is growing almost as fast as a carryover at the recent Gulfstream Park summer meet, when it took 20 days to reach $500,000.
It lasted 47 days until it was hit by a single ticket for $2,211,784 .on Sept. 27
The 40-day GP West meet ends on Sunday Nov. 24. Gulfsteam Park will not be allowed, under a state law, to continue a carryover into the championship meet that will open on Nov. 29.
Thus the GP West meet on its final weekend will need to have a mandatory payout of any Rainbow 6 carryover--no matter the number of tickets with six winners.
It is likely that Gulfstream will schedule that payout for Saturday Nov 23, and have a single-day pool the following day.
If the carryover continues into the closing weekend, it probably will be in the $1 million range and betting on the Rainbow 6 likely would be $5 million or more on mandatory payout day.
The Rainbow 6 carryover has reached a size where some betting syndicates are no doubt going deep in some races.
That reduces the chances of there being just one ticket with all six winners. But the large pools increase the prospect of large payoffs, like on Sunday, when there are only several tickets with all six winning horses.