Saturday's Rainbow Could Be in the Millions
Friday, March 26, 2021

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $1.3 million today at Gulfstream Park. 

    The Rainbow 6 went unsolved Thursday for the 13th day since a March 6 mandatory payout. Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $1,793 Thursday.

    A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 is scheduled for Saturday’s Gulfstream Park program, which will include 10 stakes, headlined by the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm at Xalapa.

    Should the popular multi-race wager go unsolved through today the pool is expected to swell into the multi-millions.

    The Late Pick 5 and the Late Pick 4, both boasting all-stakes sequences, will have guaranteed pools of $750,000 Saturday. The Late Pick 5 (Races 10-14) and Late Pick 4 (Races 11-14) will both have all-stakes sequences. The Florida Derby will anchor the sequences for the Late Pick 5, Late Pick 4 and the Rainbow 6 (Races 9-14).

Irad Ortiz Jr. Wins 4, Closes in on Championship Meet Record

    Leading rider Irad Ortiz Jt. rode four winners on Thursday’s program, moving to within two victories of the Championship Meet record. Ortiz, the defending two-time Championship Meet titlist, won back-to-back aboard Ghostly Beauty ($3.60) in Race 4 and Trappezoid ($8.80) in Race 5 before scoring aboard Star Weaver ($4.40) in Race 7 and Foxxy Belle ($5.80) in Race 9.

    With three days remaining in the 2020-2021 Championship Meet, Ortiz has a total of 135, two fewer than Luis Saez’s record of 137, set in 2017-2018.

    Ortiz has seven mounts Friday and is named to ride in 13 of 14 races Saturday, when he is scheduled to ride Todd Pletcher-trained Known Agenda in the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa.

    Ortiz, the defending three-time Eclipse Award winner, is also scheduled to ride in all 12 races on Sunday’s program.

Gonzalez Named on 4 Horses Saturday on 1st Day at Gulfstream

   Journeyman Edwin Gonzalez, Penn National’s leading rider the last two years while winning at over a 30 percent clip, will begin his Gulfstream residency with four mounts on Saturday’s 14-race Florida Derby Day program.

    Gonzalez has mounts in two of Saturday’s 10 stakes – Frosted Grace in the $100,000 Sir Shackleton in Race 5 and Dizzy in the $100,000 Orchid in Race 13. He is also scheduled in a pair of maiden special weight events aboard 3-year-old colt Core in Race 1 and 3-year-old filly My Desdemona in Race 7. Gonzalez is named in seven of 12 races Sunday at Gulfstream, closing day of the 2020-2021 Championship Meet.

    Gulfstream’s 105-day spring-summer meet is scheduled to open Thursday, April 1 and run through Thursday, Sept. 30.



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