HALLANDALE BEACH, FL– The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot grew over $3 million at Gulfstream Park Thursday, when the popular multi-race wager wasn’t solved by a bettor holding the only ticket with all six winners of the final six races on the card.
A carryover jackpot of $3,040,345.61 will be up for grabs for Friday’s 10-race card.
Multiple ticketholders with the winning combination of 7-4-6-7-5-1 each cashed for $4,623.64.
A total of $519,524 was wagered on the Rainbow 6 Thursday.
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was last hit on Jan. 10 for $30,670.26. The Rainbow 6 has undergone two changes for the current Champions Meet. The base wager was raised from 10 cents to 20 cents in order to accommodate bettors in Canada who had previously been unable to wager at the former minimum, thus were ineligible to win the jackpot. Also, on days when there is no jackpot winner, 70 percent of the daily betting pool is returned to those ticketholders with the most winners, while 30 percent is added to the carryover pool. The split had previously been 60-40.
The record payoff for the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot is $3,591,245.44, which was won by a New Jersey bettor on Feb. 22, 2013.
One Penny Piece Claims U.S. Debut, Gets Claimed Trainer Niall Saville’s celebration following One Penny Piece’s victorious U.S. debut in Thursday’s eighth race at Gulfstream Park was tempered by the news that the 3-year-old filly had been claimed out of the starter optional claiming race.
The only horse entered for a claiming price in the 1 1/16-mile turf test, One Penny Piece ($19) made a sweeping move to the lead under Alex Solis on the turn into the homestretch and powered away to a 2 ½-length triumph. Saville got his picture taken in the winner’s circle with the daughter of Archipenko before she was led away to join the stable of trainer Gary Contessa, who put up $35,000 to claim the English-bred.
One Penny Piece had been claimed out of her last at Kempton in Great Britain last November. Saville, an up-and-coming trainer based at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland and Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, FL, has enjoyed considerable success with horses that his stable has claimed in his native England. “She won four in England. That was her level. She might be a little more than that,” said Saville, whose filly was no eligible under the allowance conditions of Thursday’s race. “She was a $6,000 claim in England and landed in the country for less than $30,000. We lost her for $35,000 and she won the purse. Good business.”
WHO’S HOT: Jockey Joe Bravo and trainer Joe Orseno teamed for a double with Claiming Victory ($22.40) in the seventh race and Oasis At Midnight ($15.60) in the ninth. Jockey Paco Lopez added two wins to his second-place total with visits to the winner’s circle with Pompous Miss ($4.80) in the second and Viramundo ($3) in the fourth. Rainbow 6 Carryover: $3,040,345.61