A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is scheduled for Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., where the $100,000 Desert Vixen and $100,000 Dr. Fager will kick off the 2021 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series.
The popular multi-race wager has gone unsolved for 13 consecutive racing days since a June 30 mandatory payout. Rainbow 6 wagering will start Saturday with a carryover jackpot pool of $500,634.97.
Saturday’s pool is expected to reach approximately $3 million.
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 8-13, including the Desert Vixen, a six-furlong sprint for juvenile fillies, in Race 10, and the Dr. Fager, a six-furlong open division for 2-year-olds, in Race 12.
In the Desert Vixen, Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Noble Dreamer, an impressive 7 ½-length winner in her second career start, will seek to even the score with Demurely, who defeated her in her debut.
Joe Orseno-trained Hope in Him, a dominating five-length winner in his debut, is rated as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Dr. Fager. Jeff Engler-trained Lightening Larry, who finished second behind Hope In Him in his debut, will try the favorite again Saturday after scoring by two-lengths in his second career start.
The Rainbow 6 sequence will kick off with a mile event for $6250 claimers in Race 8, in which the ultra-consistent Gilberto Zerpa-trained Candy Crushem is narrowly favorite in the morning line over tough-as-nails Green Mansions, who returned to winning form last time out against similar company.
A wide-open $25,000 claiming race at 1 1/16 miles on turf, which will likely be a popular ‘spread’ race in Rainbow 6 betting, follows in Race 9. The Desert Vixen will be followed by an optional claiming allowance at 7 ½ furlongs on turf in Race 11 that should prove challenging to Rainbow 6 bettors. Plenum, who is rated as the 2-1 morning-line favorite, will seek his seventh-straight in-the-money finish since joining trainer Oscar Gonzalez’s barn.
The Dr. Fager will be followed by the $60,000 Harbor Islands overnight handicap, a highly competitive five-furlong turf dash for fillies and mares that will anchor the Rainbow 6 sequence. Steven Dwoskin-trained Choose Joy is rated as the 2-1 morning-line favorite on the strength of a victory in the Golden Beach and a narrow loss in the Biscayne Landing in her last two starts. Amador Sanchez-trained Lagertha, who won the Biscayne Landing after finishing second behind Choose Joy in the Golden Beach, is rated second at 5-2 in the morning line.
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