Horse Racing Picks for Sunday: Mandatory Payout Rainbow 6, Pick Five and Multi-Race Tickets for Gulfstream Park


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Sunday horse racing at Gulfstream Park is highlighted by the 20-cent Rainbow 6 beginning in Race 6 at 3:23 p.m. ET — where the mandatory payout pool will exceed $5 million and potentially even $10 million in total handle.

Sunday’s late Pick 5, beginning in Race 7 at 3:53 p.m. ET, also has a mandatory payout.

I’ll take you through the second half of the Gulfstream card and provide my multi-race wagering strategies for the day, but it’s worth concentrating your betting focus on the Gulfstream Rainbow 6 and Late Pick 5 sequences with so much bonus money at stake.

Sunday Horse Racing Picks for Gulfstream Park

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Race 6 (Rainbow 6)

Time: 3:23 p.m. ET

You would be remiss to leave the favorite No. 3 Bareeqa (9-5) off of tickets in this one-mile turf race. She recorded the field’s highest last-out Beyer over the same surface in a win on February 17, and though that’s an atypically long break between races, her trainer Danny Gargan has excelled after giving his horses that much rest (61-180 days), winning 26% of the time (17 for 65). This horse has a versatile running style.

My only alternative option is the No. 5 Scatnap (7-2), who is the only other horse in this field with double-digit career victories, and whose trainer, Jane Cibelli, is 15-for-50 (30%) second off of a layoff between 45-180 days.

If poor weather forces this race to the dirt, I would favor the No. 6 Kiffle (3-1), who is entered for the main track only.

Otherwise, we’ll hope to get out of the first leg alive while using just two options, and we could also deploy the No. 3 Bareeqa and the No. 5 Scatnap in an exacta box.

I’ll also use them to begin a Daily Double and a Pick 3.

Rainbow 6 Selections

  • A: 3, 5
  • B: None

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Race 7 (Pick 5)

Time: 3:53 p.m. ET

My “A” line also goes two deep in the second leg of the Rainbow 6 and the first leg of the late Pick 5, with one alternate “B” option to consider for this one-mile dirt race.

The No. 9 Put Position (6-1) moves from turf to dirt for trainer Scott Becker, a move that has worked for his barn in the past (4-for-18, 3.50% ROI) and could again for a horse that is 7-for-11 over fast dirt.

The No. 4 Brooks All Mine (2-1) has the early speed to keep herself competitive at this $8,000 claimer level. She has two wins and has placed three times in five starts since the middle of December.

My “B” horse is the No. 6 Grace’s Drama (7-2), who was beaten by Brooks All Mine by only a half-length on March 20. She has a matching Beyer speed figure (66) but also goes out for a low percentage barn (1-for-29 in claimers).

As a result, she’s probably the last cut from my tickets.

I’ll be against the No. 2 Tiz Possible Dear (5-2), who was a well-beaten fourth by Brooks All Mine and Grace’s Drama last time out and is potentially regressing in the sixth start of her form cycle.

4,9 is your exacta box.

Pick 5 / Rainbow 6 Selections

  • A: 4,9
  • B: 6

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Race 8 (Late Pick 4)

Time: 4:25 p.m. ET

I’ll use both Todd Pletcher horses in this one-mile turf race, beginning with the No. 5 No Word (3-1), who is likely the most talented horse in the field but hasn’t raced since September. Pletcher has won 29% of the time off of layoffs more significant than 180 days and at a 25% clip in allowance races (57 for 228).

He also has the No. 4 Mystic Lancelot (7-2), who ran a race-high last-out Beyer of 82, though the No. 11 Street Ready (15-1) was a close second at 81 and drops in class out of a couple of stakes races.

If the race switches to the main track due to inclement weather, the No. 15 Casino Grande (6-1) will make for a serious contender.

4,5,11 is your exacta box.

Pick 5 / Rainbow 6 Selections

  • A: 4, 5, 11
  • B: None

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Race 9 

Time: 4:55 p.m. ET

This is a one-mile dirt race full of closers, meaning that the No. 7 Blakey (6-1) could be the controlling pace and ultimately wire this field.

However, if the No. 1 Gran Greyfrost (8-1) contests him on the front end, it will set up the pace for the No. 2 Il Faraone (9-2), No. 3 Trappezoid (7-2) and No. 8 Yes I See (5-2) to come running late.

Each has viable back speed figures and trainers who should have them ready to run their best race.

It’s difficult to not spread amongst the top options in this eight-horse field.

Pick 5 / Rainbow 6 Selections

  • A: 2, 3, 7, 8
  • B: None

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Race 10 

Time: 5:25 p.m. ET

This one-mile allowance optional claimer on the turf offers a deep field and looks like another spread race for multi-race wagering.

We begin with Mark Casse’s uncoupled entries, the No. 1 Pakhet (12-1) and No. 3 All-Quality (6-1), the latter of whom had a nightmare trip in her last race but still earned a co-best Beyer figure. Casse has won 20% of the time second off of a layoff between 45-180 days, and this filly should improve.

Todd Pletcher has won at the same rate off of that type of layoff, and I’ll use his high-upside No. 8 Bering Strait (4-1), who should also improve second off of the bench.

My “B” options are the favorites: the No. 4 Seranitsa (9-2), going out for new trainer Brendan Walsh, who is 7-for-43 with new starters, and the No. 6 Cariba (7-2) — though trainer Christophe Clemente has won only 18% of the time in allowance races.

Pick 5 / Rainbow 6 Selections

  • A: 1, 3, 8
  • B: 4, 6

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Race 11

We close the day with a one-mile turf race, though the No. 13 Sneer (7-2) becomes the top option if this race switches over to the main track.

My top selection is the No. 9 Royal Mandate (6-1), whose trainer Mark Casse has won 20% of the time in the second start of a form cycle after a 45-180 day layoff and at a 17% clip in maiden special weight races.

I’ll also use the No. 10 Makisupa (8-1), whose trainer David Fawkes has won at a 24% clip with a 4.94% ROI for maidens in their second starts.

I’ll try to beat the favorite No. 4 Renata (7-2) and would instead prefer the No. 2 Let Them Eat Cake (9-2) or No. 5 First in Command (8-1), who is bred for the turf, as “B” options.

Pick 5 / Rainbow 6 Selections

  • A: 9, 10
  • B: 2, 5

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Bets for Gulfstream Park, April 19

Sample Multi-Race Tickets

Race 6

  • $5 Daily Double: 3,5 / 4,9 ($20 Ticket)
  • $1 Pick 3: 3,5 / 4,9 / 4,5,11 ($12 Ticket)
  • Pick 6: 


Race 7

  • Pick 5

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