HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Excitement has been building at Gulfstream Park as the 20-Cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot has continued to grow. With a $937,087 carryover available to bettors on Friday’s program, the Rainbow 6 can be categorized as a wager with life-changing possibilities.
A mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 pool, which should result in a multi-million handle, has been scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Should the trailblazing jackpot wager go unsolved Friday for the 22nd consecutive program, there will be only be five racing days before the mandatory payout is held, starting with Saturday’s 10-race program.
Gulfstream Analysts Ron Nicoletti and Catie Staszak have handicapped Saturday’s six-race Rainbow 6 sequence (Races 5-10) and offer their insights below.
RON NICOLETTI’S RAINBOW 6 ANALYSIS
DUJAC is making his 2nd career start after breaking from Post 12, chasing the pace, and finishing fifth behind a pair of next-out winners, including Force the Pass, who won a stakes in his next start. KITTEN’S WARRIOR is a son of super turf sire Kitten’s Joy debuting for trainer Mike Maker with a series of strong morning workouts showing. Trainer Maker, 24% with first-time starters, adds Lasix and jockey Edgar Prado for this assignment. NEVER GIVE IN is making his career turf debut after returning from the layoff and having the misfortune of running into a buzz saw named Tony Adams, who won the race by 10 lengths. The son of Wildcat Heir is bred to love the surface switch.
JAMBLES finds the perfect spot to exit the maiden ranks after breaking from a tough outside post (10) and finishing fourth – as the favorite – behind Shaman Ghost, who won an allowance at Keeneland in his next start. CENTAURO STAR is stretching out around two turns after returning from a layoff to finish second from a tough outside post (11) behind repeat winner Chipit going 5 ½ furlongs. Trainer Gustavo Delgado has Tyler Gaffalione atop the son of Indian Charlie, who is bred to love the distance. CARAJILLO, another from trainer Todd Pletcher, is going back to the main track after failing to handle the turf last out. Trainer Pletcher is 18% with the turf-to-dirt angle.
DANGEROUS TRICK highlighted his fondness for the track and distance when he returned from a five-month layoff to notch his fifth local victory (17-5-3-3). RED POND is dropping to the $6,250 level on the main track after stalking the pace and finishing sixth in a stamina tweaking performance vs. $12,500 claimers going 1 1/16 miles on turf. Note that the gelding loves this racing surface (8-3-0-2). DREAMING OF JOEY is dropping back to a level where his speed must be respected. The gelding needs to break sharply to offer his best.
TENNESSEE WHISKEY will face winners after the impressive debut victory at the distance in which she rallied late to defeat next-out winner Bride to Be by a half-length. Trainer is Christophe Clement is 23% winning consecutive races. COSMIC HARMONYwill try to make it three in a row after following her $75,000 maiden victory with another solid score vs. this level of competition going 1 1/16 miles. She should take the lion’s share of the betting action. DEL CIELO is cutting back to 7 ½ furlongs after returning from a layoff to set the pace and finish second vs. $50,000 optional claimers going 1 1/16 miles. The Grade 3 stakes-placed daughter Philanthropist will be playing ‘catch me if you can.’
HUASCA is cutting back to 6 furlongs after dueling for the lead and weakening late to finish third and second, respectively, in a pair of local sprints going seven-eighths of a mile. The stakes-placed daughter of Tiz Wonderful will have Eddie Castro doling out her speed. LITTLE MISS JULIA is now in the George Weaver barn. The daughter of Circular Quay makes her first start since finishing second – as the favorite – behind repeat winner Fond of Sarah in a state-bred optional claimer here on Feb 20th. WINTER DAWN, now in the Lars Becdelamotte barn, is making her first start since following her debut maiden victory at Saratoga with a chase and fade performance in the Grade 1 Spinaway, which was contested on a sealed ‘sloppy’ track. She’s an intriguing possibility in this spot.
FAN BASE is cutting back to 7 ½ furlongs after chasing the pace and finishing third – as the even-money favorite – going 1 1/6 miles. The five-time turf winner last year (11-5-1-0) is ready to head back to winner’s circle. CONCERT STAGE always runs his race, but hasn’t been able to come up with a victory in eight races this year (8-0-3-1). PHINEUS will try to make it two in a row after holding on to defeat Concert Stage by a neck last out. The son of Incurable Optimist, 23-1 last out, gets the services of Edgar Prado today.
CATIE STASZAK’S RAINBOW 6 ANALYSIS
DUJAC will make his second career start after finishing fifth in his career debut for trainer Chad Brown, who wins at a 34% clip with maidens making their second start. The top two finishers in that race would come back to win their next starts, including winner Force the Pass, who would win the Cutler Bay Stakes at Gulfstream on April 1. KITTEN’S WARRIOR will make his career debut for the connections of Mike Maker and leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The son of Kitten’s Joy is a full sibling to the multiple graded-stakes winning Csaba and has been training forwardly for his first start. ELEMENT will try turf for the first time for trainer Todd Pletcher. The colt is bred for the grass as a son of Unbridled’s Song and the stakes-placed Floresta.
CENTAURO STAR should move forward in his second start off a two-month layoff for trainer Gustavo Delgado. The gelded son of Indian Charlie will look to return to the form he displayed when he finished a rallying second at first asking in a Dec. 27 maiden special weight despite breaking slowly and hitting the gate. JAMBLES has trained strongly leading up to his fourth career start for trainer Todd Pletcher. The $250,000 yearling purchase turned in a bullet 4-furlong breeze on April 11 at Palm Beach Downs.CARAJILLO returns to the dirt after an unsuccessful start on grass. The son of Medaglia d’Oro finished third in each of his previous two starts and should appreciate the stretch out to 1 1/16 miles.
DANGEROUS TRICK will look for his third straight win and should logically move forward in his second start off a six-month layoff for trainer David Rakoff. The 6-year-old horse is a five-time winner at the distance. ARTEFACTO returns to the Saffie Joseph, Jr. barn after making his last four starts on synthetic at Woodbine. Both of the gelding’s two most recent breezes were bullets over the Gulfstream Park main track. DREAMING OF JOEY drops back to this $6,250 level after failing to fire in a starter allowance on April 3. The Luis Ramirez trainee finished second in his two prior starts and should be able to work out a good trip in a pace with little early speed.
TENNESSEE WHISKEY will look to remain unbeaten after breaking her maiden at first asking on March 8. The Christophe Clement trainee beat out a filly named Bride to Be, who would graduate in her next start. COSMIC HARMONY will look to run her win streak to three for trainer Jose Pinchin. The daughter of Majestic Perfection followed up her maiden score with a 1 ½-length victory at this level on March 22 and hasn’t lost since she was equipped with blinkers. DEL CIELO should move forward in her second start off a six-month layoff for trainer Ricky Griffith. The filly finished second, beaten only a length to the favored Josdesanimaux, in her turf debut on April 4.
HUASCA is due for a breakthrough win after finishing third and second, respectively, in her last two starts for trainer Efren Loza, Jr. On March 19 at this level, the stakes-placed filly finished behind the stakes-caliber Lavender Chrissie and Miss Wilby, who would come back to win her next start. Cutting back to 6 furlongs should suit her tactical speed. DISTINTA should appreciate the class relief after contesting the Davona Dale (G2) and Forward Gal (G2) stakes in her last two starts for trainer Gustavo Delgado.LITTLE MISS JULIA will make her first start for trainer George Weaver after finishing second in an allowance on Feb. 20 when the first, fourth, and fifth place finishers came back to win their next starts.
After taking the lead into the stretch, FAN BASE was caught in the final strides when going 1 1/16 miles in his last start on March 21. The 6-year-old gelding should appreciate the cut back to 7 ½ furlongs. CONCERT STAGE returns to the gate eight days after getting up for third in a starter allowance on April 10. PHINEUS cuts back to 7 ½ furlongs after capturing a start at 1 1/16 miles on March 29. Trainer Tino Attard wins at a 36% clip when turning horses back from a route to a sprint.