Gulfstream's Thursday card has ten races, with first post at 1:00 pm.
Gulfstream Park on Thursday starts a new pool in the Rainbow 6 and a carryover of $203,727 on the Late Pick 5.
We expect that betting on the late Pick 5 will be at least $500,000, perhaps as much as $1 million; mainly because of the absence of a caryover on the Rainbow 6.
The Rainbow, a combination 20 cent only bet, will be on races five through ten with the sequence set to start at 3:04 p.m.
The Late Pick 5, a 50 cent minum wager, will begin in race 6 near 3:35 p.m.
On Monday, Gulfstream's most recent race day, there emerged just one winning ticket in the Rainbow 6. So the jackpot was paid out. The payoff was $1,208,573.86 on a 20-cent bet.
That jackpot payoff consisted of the entire coming-in carryover of $866,698 plus 80 percent of the day's new Rainbow 6 bets (pool) of $427,432.
The carryover had grown because Gulfstream went thirteen straight race days without the jackpot payoff requirement of just one Rainbow 6 ticket with all six winning horses.
Our database shows that the jackpot payout was the fourth largest on the Rainbow 6 since at least 2015.
So why was this handicap a hard one? Well, race 8's winner was a 75:1 odds horse named Scarto, who beat favorite Disc Jockey (4:5) by 1-1/4 lengths. Hector Berrios saddled the winner. Scarto has won two starts this year at Gulfstream, and is 2-1-0 in three starts career-wise. Not bad for a $7,000 auction price as a yearling!