By Gulfstream Media Staff – Closing weekend of the Fall Meet at Gulfstream Park will be highlighted Saturday by a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool.
The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for the 20 racing days in a row following a $461,035.47 jackpot payoff Oct. 9.
The Rainbow 6 jackpot pool stood at $405,484 entering Thursday’s program, which offered a $600,000 jackpot pool guarantee. Should the popular multi-race wager continue to go unsolved through Friday, the pool is expected to grow into the millions.
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.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 5-10, including four races on the Tapeta all-weather course and two on the main track.
David Fawkes-trained Riveting Spirit will seek a repeat victory in Saturday’s Race 9 feature, a 1 1/16-mile starter optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares on Tapeta.
Riveting Spirit, who has a win and a second-place finish on Tapeta, is a half-sister to multiple-stakes winner Noble Drama. The 4-year-old Florida-bred filly is out of Queen Drama, a half-sister to Big Drama, the Eclipse Award-winning sprint champion, and a full sister to Sheer Drama, a multiple Grade 1-stakes winner.
Fawkes has enjoyed a most productive Fall Meet, particularly with horses racing on the newly installed Tapeta course. The prominent longtime South Florida-based trainer is winning at a 50-percent rate on the all-weather track, saddling 10 winners from only 20 starters.
Gulfstream’s inaugural Fall Meet will conclude on Sunday.
The 2021-2022 Championship Meet is scheduled to get underway Friday,