A deferral of $311,589 Rainbow Pick 6 is scheduled for a mandatory payment Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The final pool for the 20 cent bet is expected to exceed $2 million.
Can’t wait to play with you? We analyzed the sequence of six races and identified an attractive pair of horses around which to build tickets:
Race 6: $12,500 Claim (5 1/2 furlongs): #8 Oriental Park (8-5)
The first leg of the Rainbow 6 (start time 3:07 p.m. ET) offers arguably the best opportunity for a reliable single, as morning line favorite Oriental Park looks formidable.
At first glance, this may seem like a tricky spot for Oriental Park, which was beaten by a header in a $6,250 claiming sprint 6 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream two weeks ago. How can we isolate Oriental Park as it rises through the ranks?
The class jump may be significant on paper, but this $12,500 contender didn’t attract the toughest field. Rivals Oriental Park have largely struggled, and most are coming off consecutive off-the-table finishes with Brisnet speed ratings no higher than 72. By contrast, Oriental Park posted an 84 in their near miss and a 78 in winning a claiming $6,250 two starts. return.
In short, Oriental Park brings the best recent form to the table and should visit the winner’s circle if they bring their A-game.
Race 10, Benny the Bull S. (seven furlongs): #8 King Cab (5-1)
Graduated stakes placed #6 Dean delivers (9-5) is a logical favorite in this sprint for the Florida Horses after topping a six furlongs optional allotment seeker at Gulfstream by 5 1/4 lengths. But two starts back, Dean Delivers lost the Sophomore S. at Tampa Bay Downs to King Cab, and it’s possible King Cab will maintain his superiority on Saturday.
King Cab burned himself setting intense fractions of :21.79 and :43.84 in the unrestricted Carry Back S. for three-year-olds at Gulfstream last month, weakening in the final furlong to finish fourth. But two starts back, King Cab finished a solid second against older Florida-bred horses in the Big Drama S., carving out a fast pace on his way to beating everyone but the next winner of Smile Sprint S. (G2) Willy Boi.
If King Cab is able to set a more relaxed pace on Saturday than he did in the Carry Back, he’s eligible to top his morning line odds 5-1 and go for the win at a good price.