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Record Rainbow 6 Carryover Grows to $915,457 for Saturday
Video: MJC Analyst Naomi Tukker’s Saturday Rainbow 6 Selections
BALTIMORE – There were no unique winners of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 Friday at historic Pimlico Race Course, pushing the Maryland state record carryover jackpot to $915,457.43 heading into Saturday’s eight-race program.
First race post time is 12:40 p.m. Doors will open at 11 a.m. to accommodate an 11:35 a.m. first post from Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day. The Belmont (G1), featuring 146th Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer, goes off as Race 11 with a 6:49 p.m. post.
No horses were live to take down the Rainbow 6 jackpot heading into Friday’s eighth-race finale, won by Shanghaied Astoria ($6.40). A total of $63,115 was put into the popular multi-race wager on top of a carryover of $895,264.82 from Monday’s special Memorial Day holiday program. Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $4,326.98.
The Rainbow 6 jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 60 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 40 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.
Introduced in Maryland April 2, 2015 on opening day of Pimlico’s spring meet, the Rainbow 6 had its previous state record carryover reach $345,898.33 spanning 31 racing programs before being solved by one lucky bettor for a life-changing $399,545.94 payout April 15, 2018 at Laurel Park. The winning ticket was purchased through Maine off-track betting.
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Saturday’s Rainbow 6 starts in Race 3, a six-furlong claiming event for maiden fillies and mares age 3, 4 and 5. Races 4, 6 and 8 are claimers scheduled for the turf which attracted a total of 32 entries, the latter pair being five-furlong sprints. The feature comes in Race 7, an entry-level optional claiming allowance for females 3 and up going 1 1/16 miles on the main track where Claudio Gonzalez-trained Tayler’s Chrome is the narrow 5-2 program favorite from the rail in a field of six.
Notes: Jockey Leonardo Corujo, who finished the month of May with three wins from 36 mounts, is off to a strong start in June after registering a hat trick Friday aboard Sommer Velvet ($17.20) in Race 3, Revolutionary Road ($12.60) in Race 4 and Speightster Red ($4.40) in Race 6. Jockey Horacio Karamanos doubled with McCain ($12.20) in Race 5 and Shanghaied Astoria ($6.40) in Race 8.