By Gulfstream Press Staff – A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool has been scheduled for Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 19 consecutive racing days since a July 31 mandatory payout.
Gulfstream Park will return to a four-day racing week schedule starting with Thursday’s eight-race program that will offer a $700,000 Rainbow 6 jackpot pool guarantee. If not hit before Saturday, the Rainbow 6 could grow to approximately $3 million.
Live racing will be conducted Thursday through Sunday for the remainder of the Spring/Summer Meet that runs through Sept. 30.
Thursday’s first-race post time is set for 12:50 p.m.
Thursday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 3-8, headlined by a six-furlong optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds in Race 7. Ralph Nicks-trained American Prince, who hasn’t raced since scoring a very impressive debut victory Feb. 28 at Gulfstream, is scheduled to return to action while taking on five rivals.
The riding assignment goes to Emisael Jaramillo, who was aboard for the son of Liam’s Map’s 3 ½-length victory during the Championship Meet. Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Bailey, a winner in a state-bred optional claiming allowance last time out, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite over 7-2 American Prince.
The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is usually only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool usually goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool. However, on mandatory-payout days, the entire pool is paid out to the bettor or bettors with the most winners in the six-race sequence.
The four-day racing week will continue Friday with the return of the Stronach 5, a multi-race, multi-track wager with a $1 base. The five-race Stronach 5 will include two races at Gulfstream Park, as well as a pair of races at Laurel Park and one race at Golden Gate Fields.
Gulfstream’s Race 5, a 7 ½-furlong maiden special weight race for juvenile fillies on turf, will kick off the Stronach 5, followed by Races 8 and 9 at Laurel Park. Gulfstream’s Race 7, a $12,500 claiming race at a mile on turf, and Golden Gate Fields’ Race 3 will conclude the sequence.
Saturday’s program will feature the $75,000 Sheer Drama, a seven-furlong sprint for Florida-bred fillies and mares, and the $60,000 North Bay Village, an overnight handicap for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Sound Machine, who finished third in the July 3 Princess Rooney (G2), is entered to return to action in the Sheer Drama. Tom Proctor-trained Summering, a multiple-stakes winner by War Front, is scheduled to carry highweight of 124 pounds in the North Bay Village