Upset Winner in Last Leg Leads to $15K Payout in Rainbow 6
The bets kept coming in Sunday for the Rainbow 6 Jackpot at Gulfstream. Sunday’s mandatory payout began with a carryover of $3,991,011 after the Rainbow 6 had gone 39 consecutive programs without being hit. A total of $15,788,224 was added to the pool Sunday, creating a record total pool of $19,779,255. That eclipsed the old single-day mark of $15,285,707 when $10,782,375 was wagered with a $4.5 million carryover on March 26, 2016.
The final leg of the Rainbow 6 was Sunday’s race 12, and a wire-to-wire victory by the 35-1 longshot Forest Gator provided a shocking ending to a record-setting Rainbow 6. Those patrons and bettors that selected all six winners in the sequence collected $15,566.10
The carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. When there is a mandatory payout scheduled, as was the case Sunday, the entire pool is shared by those holding tickets with the most winners.
The winning sequence on Sunday was 9-6-4-2-2-5. The Rainbow 6 winners began with Madame Uno ($11.80) and was followed by Nootka Sound ($10.60), Dreaming of Jo Jo ($5.60), First Distinction ($3.80) and Stormymeister ($8.40) before concluding with Forest Gator, who paid $74.00 when he defeated 13 rivals in a $6,250 claiming race for older horses.
The nearly $16 million wagered on the Rainbow 6 contributed to total handle of more than $28 million on Sunday’s card and came one day after the Pegasus World Cup program established a non-Breeders’ Cup card track record of $41.9 million. Gun Runner went out a rich winner in his final race, capturing the $16 million Pegasus World Cup and the $7 million first-place prize.