HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- In the best interests of bettors chasing Friday's mandatory 10-cent Rainbow 6 payout, Gulfstream Park management made an early decision to move three races originally scheduled to be run on turf to the main track. Races 9, 12 and 13, all included in the six races included in the multi-race wager that is expected to payout millions on Friday, will be contested on the main track on the 13-race card of the closing day program of Gulfstream's 2012-2013 meeting.
"We want bettors to be able to play the 10-cent Rainbow 6 with confidence and not have to worry if the turf races in the sequence will be taken off the turf and moved to the main track," said Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Tim Ritvo. "We understand that the horseplayers are the ones who have driven the success of the 10-cent Rainbow 6. We didn't want them to have any worries about the status of the turf races while handicapping the races."
In addition to overnight rain, the forecasts for the South Florida area include a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Two other races not included in Friday's Rainbow 6 sequence, Races 5 and 6, are still scheduled to be contested on turf. The 10-cent Rainbow 6 includes Races 8-13.
A carryover of $1,961,806.16 will be up for grabs Friday for Rainbow 6 bettors, who are expected to swell the mandatory-payout jackpot over the $5.1 million pool that was disbursed on the closing-day card of the 2011 meeting. The carryover pool for the popular wager has built up steadily since a lucky New Jersey bettor cashed for a record $3,591,245.44 on Feb. 22. The winning ticket, which cost $3,118.50 in 10-cent combinations, was placed at the Meadowlands.