McLean Takes a Swing at Huge Rainbow 6 Carryover at Gulfstream Park

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 19th consecutive program on New Year’s Day, growing the jackpot carryover to $828,290.56 for Wednesday’s card.

The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single, unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

The carryover jackpot pool going into Monday’s six-race sequence (Races 6-11) was $712,977.91, generating a Rainbow 6 handle of $480,546.

The popular multi-race wager has last solved on Dec. 7, when a lucky ticketholder cashed for a $98,309.32 jackpot payoff.

There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $12,096.67 heading into Wednesday’s card.

Here is a look at McLean’s Ticket for the Rainbow 6 today:

5th: 2-7-4-8-1 (9MTO): If this one comes off the grass, I may be tempted to single South of the Shore (9), a 3YO filly by Union Rags and trained by Chad Brown. She ran 7th on debut back in November at Aqueduct, but has been training well over at Palm Meadows. Brown wins with .26% of those running for the second time in their career and this one was well-backed in the first try, too. If that happens, then I would spread out in the last leg, instead. However…If it stays on the grass, I think I need to spread out here. I will use Saucy Dame (2), who picks up the services of Jose Ortiz for the first time. She came with a nice, late run in her grass debut at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25. Missed that day, but has faced some other good ones in her brief career to date. Dam was a Stakes winner, and this one sold for $200,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Adds up. Miraculously (7) is a must-use for me, having run two seconds in two lifetime starts. Probably needed the last race and one could expect improvement off that effort for a solid barn and jockey. Glitz (8) is my longshot special here, at 10-1 ML. Trainer normally takes his time with youngsters and this one showed marked improvement in the last try at Laurel. Had a super work at Palm Meadows on Dec. 17. Could be the horse to beat at some odds here. Might use the #s 4 & 1, too. But I definitely use 2-7-8 on my ticket.

6th: 1-7-4-3-6-5: Wide open Claimer for $12,500 in this spot. I will go with Creattive Talent (1) on top, with the considerable drop in class for this one. Trainer scores with .32% of claimers and .31% with sprinters. The rail has been solid, too. The trainer/jockey combo has a solid record of 2 wins and a third in the last 5 over the past two weeks. Miss Contessa (7) is sporting a solid record of 2-1-1 in 7 starts over this track and the new jockey is a perfect 3-for-3 with this trainer over the past 60 days. Has been putting up some good works and went way wide in the last. Has a shot here. Liza Star (4) drops in class after a debacle run in the last out. Returns to a sprint today and has a win over the track. Untrue (3) Sarahthequeenbee (6) and Biondetti Song (5) all have some credentials. I definitely use the 1-7-4-3 in here.

7th: 3-2-4-6-7…Nice MSW event here draws a solid crowd, led by Slot (3) – trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden today by Javier Castellano. Nearly pulled off the win in the last out at Keeneland, but nipped very late in that one by Tiz Mischief – who has run very well and the third place finisher has come back to win already. Solid favorite in here for the connections – who win with .25% of beaten favorites and has combined for a .27% win rate with the jock over the past 11 races together. He Takes Charge (2) put up a good one when racing on the dirt for the first time here on Dec. 16. Ran second that day despite some rough riding and an extreme wide trip. Should improve with a better start today. Master Mnipulator (4) had a good run here on Sept. 17 that was so impressive that the connections shipped him all the way to NY to try the G1 Champagne. That experiment didn’t fare too well, but he came back here to run well on Dec. 16, again. Can’t totally dismiss. My live longshot in here is Sir Sahib (7), who has caught some live wires in his first three tries. I have to use this one, especially with the switch in riders. I definitely use the 3-2-7 here.

8th: 2-1-5-8-7-4…Two Step Blues (2) has raced 13 times in her life and she has 6 seconds to just one win. So, if your were looking to make a smart bet, the idea would be to key under underneath, right? Shortens up a bit today, though and that may help here a bit at the end, where she likes to hang. Nice work on Christmas Eve and trainer is winning with .32% this meet. Mi Cuaima (1) tossed in a clunker in the last one but may improve with the shorter distance today. Trainer has two wins in the last 5 starts here and this one had a short half-mile drill on Dec. 30. Like the 10-1 ML odds. O.K. Kay (5) nearly pulled off the win in her last, but was edged by a neck. She has a win and 4 seconds in 8 starts. Will try to carry her speed and character a step farther again today. Huge jockey switch on this one and the trainer hits with .27% off this kind of layoff. Last time this rider was aboard came here in March. Won that day, too. Solfatara (8) comes off a huge win and three straight trips to the winner’s circle overall. Hot right now. Admiral’s Win won two back by 10 lengths, and Big Darling (4) was nipped by only 2 against these types a start back. Wide open, but I have to use the 2-1-5, at a minimum.

9th: 2-5-8-4-3-1…Final Flurry (2) was claimed last time out by a trainer who hits with .29% on newcomers to the barn. Won the last out by 51/2 lengths as odds-on favorite. Moves up in class for this one to face winners for the first time, but maybe has found her niche with these types. Italian Smile (5) goes a trainer who hits with .29% when they get this type of class drop. Uno Dude (8) is another class dropper for a barn that has a win with this jockey in the last 3 tries together. That win came here in December 2016. Great Rhythm (4) goes for a high percentage trainer, and this one broke her maiden two starts back at Monmouth by 13 lengths. This will be the second off a layoff and the trainer wins with .24% of those with these conditions, too. Can’t dismiss. Brekastatturfanys (3) gets a huge, huge, huge rider switch after braking the maiden in Ohio last time out. Gets a new trainer, who scores with .19% of those making a debut in his barn. I use the 2-5-8-4-3.

10th: 3-4-8-6-5-2…Run Blondie Run (3) gets a nice class drop after nearly winning for MC$35,000 last time out. She was the favorite in that affair, and ran second all the way around, losing by just a neck at the wire. Has worked nicely over at Payson for this one, back on the turf. Gets the blinkers today, where the trainer hits with .19% with the new equipment. Gets a top notch rider back on board. Elasticity (4) drops from MSW into this level, where the trainer hits with .43% with the drop from MSW to MC events. Trainer scores with .56% with horses making their second race, too. Stretches out from a pure sprint to a grueling 71/2-furlongs today. That can be a test. Mackenzie Capri (8) has tried 11 times to break the maiden. Has 3 seconds and 3 thirds, and some have been real close – like the last three races. Can she get over the hump? Jeremiah Jewel (6) gets the saddle from Dale Romans, who has put together a record of 2-2-1 in the first 11 starts. This one tried tougher at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, and worked well at Palm Meadown on Dec. 28. Chance. I am going to single the 3 here.

My .20-cent Jackpot-6 ticket: 2-7-8/1-7-4-3/3-2-7/2-1-5/2-5-8-4/3 = $86.40

Good Luck &

All the Best/Gene

This was a steppingstone and that’s all we needed. He’ll come back good. We wanted to run a good race. I don’t think the fans and everybody else could have had a better finish from the two horses they thought were going to run like they expected.

“Bolt hadn’t run in a while. I had one three-quarter work in him; this wasn’t the race we were looking forward to. We’re looking forward to the Santa Anita Derby (April 7) and then that next race that I won’t mention yet (Kentucky Derby May 5).”

Asked is this was the best he ever felt in defeat: “Oh, yes. Coming into this race, (he dragged them)

from the receiving barn to the paddock. In the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Nov. 4), his head came down a little bit, he didn’t have as much life. The horse is good right now. Hopefully, we’re moving forward and he’ll be at his best in a couple months. This horse has the heart of a lion. Nine weeks ago he was undergoing a nuclear scan and here we are today. Just being within a nose of Baffert, I’m happy.

“I wasn’t even thinking about the inquiry the whole time. I was just so proud of Bolt, and if he got moved up, he did. This wasn’t the race we were really pointing for. We want to go to the Santa Anita Derby, but getting moved up is awesome; we’ve got enough (Kentucky Derby qualifying) points (50).”

Mick Ruis, Bolt D'Oro Owner/Trainer, Winner San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita
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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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