HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Three ticketholders were each alive for a $5,072,696.86 jackpot payoff heading into Sunday’s ninth and final race at Gulfstream Park, but the 20-cent Rainbow 6 would go unsolved for the 60th consecutive racing day.
A 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool of $4,852,367.15 will be carried over to Friday’s opening-day program of the spring/summer meeting following a most exiting wrap-up program for the 2013-2014 Champions Meet.
There were 25 live tickets going into the ninth race, including the three unique tickets each with a chance to take down the jackpot had either No. 1 Gifted Ruler, No. 3 K C Wiegmann or No. 9 Tryer prevailed in the final leg of the six-race sequence. Favorite Gifted Ruler and K. C Wiegmann hooked up in a battle for the pacesetter’s role into the first turn and along the backstretch before they weakened on the final turn and gave way to victorious second-choice War Classic.
The Rainbow 6, which requires a bettor to hold the only ticket with the winners of the last six races in order to claim the jackpot, has created excitement throughout the Champions Meet as the carryover pool continued to grow since Jan. 10. Multiple ticketholders of the 8-9-2-2- 8-5 combination each cashed for $44,829.32 Sunday.
The anticipation of winning a life-changing payoff will carry over to the spring/summer meeting, which will run on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekly schedule in addition to a special Memorial Day Monday card.
First Race post time will be 1:25 p.m. throughout the spring and summer.
The spring/summer meeting will mark the beginning of the 2-year-old racing, which is scheduled to get underway on April 18. For the first time, Gulfstream will play host to the Florida Sire Stakes, formerly the Florida Stallion Stakes, beginning on Aug. 9 with the running of the $100,000 Dr. Fager for colts and the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies.
The Florida Sire Stakes will continue on Sept. 6 with the $250,000 Affirmed (Colts) and the $250,000 Susan’s Girl (Fillies) and Oct. 4 with the $350,000 In Reality (Colts) and the $350,000 My Dear Girl (fillies).
The spring/summer stakes schedule kicks off next Saturday with the running of the $75,000 Hollywood Beach Stakes, a six-furlong dash for fillies and mares.
WHO’S HOT: Ramsey Zimmerman rode a pair of winners: Zeffe ($10.60) in the third and Implied ($53.80) in the sixth. Elvis Trujillo also scored a double with Hakama ($14.40) in the eighth and War Classic ($7.80) in the ninth.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $4,852,367.15Super Hi-5 Carryover: $5,357.29