20-cent Rainbow Six bet working at Santa Anita
October 24, 2018 3:00 AM
by Jon Lindo
Santa Anita’s experiment with the $.20 minimum Rainbow Six for this autumn meet is about to pay dividends.
Since opening day September 28 there has yet to be a single ticket winner, so the jackpot pool has grown to $724,807 going into Thursday’s card.
The payoffs on days when there are multiple winning tickets have been surprisingly good and the daily pool sizes continue to grow ($272,095 of new money was bet into the Rainbow Six on Sunday).
Here is a look at Thursday’s Rainbow Six sequence at Santa Anita along with a structured ticket:
Race Three: Spread race to kick off the Rainbow Six. Vending Machine gets back on his favorite course and distance. Blackout nosedives in class for the Peter Miller stable, and they are not afraid to drop to win. Kristi’s Copilot has the speed to flee the rail post and his style has played well in the downhill turf sprints so far at the Santa Anita meet. R Cha Cha was bet down late in Oct 14 event and got the job done. He is dangerous moving into the open claiming ranks. Cool Green was dull in Oct 12 route, but does own a win coming down this tricky course. Five deep in the Rainbow Six opener.
Race Four: Awesome Anywhere was very impressive shipping in from Golden Gate to beat softer at Santa Anita Oct 6. That was his first start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and he may not be done improving. Street Vision lays his body down every time and runs best with time between starts. He has had seven weeks to get ready for Thursday’s race. Lookie Loo is a Bob Baffert trainee who has been most valuable to the stable as a workmate in the morning for several of their Stakes runners. He cuts back to a sprint and fits well against this group. Three horses in the second leg of the Rainbow Six.
Race Five: Class-droppers with early speed win far more than their share of these bottom-level Maiden Claimers. Come On Kat takes the biggest drop in racing (straight Maidens to Maiden Claimers), has speed, draws an outside post, and the Richard Baltas barn continues to roll along. Single Come On Kat.
Race Six: Shadow Sphinx got a strange ride in his Oct 5 race. He was taken to the outside for a far-too-early move entering the backstretch, continued to vie for command while parked wide, and predictably flattened out in the stretch going nine furlongs. He shortens back up to one mile, gets a rider switch to turf specialist Drayden Van Dyke, and could jump forward with a patient ride. Noivo has been running well against older horses and finally gets a chance to race against his own age group. Extraordinary Jerry has more tactical speed than the top pair and the inside rails being out 30 feet will flatter his running style. Use three horses to stay alive in the Rainbow Six.
Race Seven: Sly Humor draws the preferred outside post for her pace-pressing style. She is a perfect fit for this $16,000 Starter Allowance condition since she made just one start for that tag in 2017. Duranga was claimed for $32,000 out of a runner-up try September 1 at Del Mar, but that claim was voided due to unsoundness in a post-race vet exam. Consider it a very positive sign that trainer Kristin Mulhall does not risk her for a claiming tag and protects her in this return. Ransomed ran into a buzzsaw named Secret Spice October 7. This is a much softer field, and while she has been routing of late she has won two of three starts at today’s six furlong distance. Add in Be a Lady, who bounced back from a poor effort to end up third against a tougher starter Allowance crew at Los Alamitos September 20 and loves the Santa Anita dirt. Four deep in race seven.
Race Eight: Second Fiddle looked a bit lost coming down the tricky hillside turf course for the first time October 5. She drops in for a claiming tag on Thursday and may be the speed of the speed if she breaks fast from her rail post. Sweet Congrats finished well to split a similar group opening day when speed was dominating the turf sprints. She could move forward simply by catching a fair surface. Lucky Knickers finished second in that opening day event with the benefit of a perfect trip and should get another nice pressing journey from her outside post. Three horses to wrap up the Rainbow Six.
Cost of the ticket? Five horses x three horses x one horse x three horses x four horses x three horses. That makes 540 combinations at $.20 per combination, so cost of the ticket is $108.
We will provide in depth coverage including selections and what to look for in regards to track and post position biases at Churchill Downs next week in Gaming Today.
Lindo Report Play: Santa Anita, Friday, Race 1: She Be Striking (No. 6). Filly trained by Richard Mandella has had two good sprint preps and being by Smart Strike out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner She Be Wild, she should relish a distance of ground. She also gets a rider switch to turf specialist Flavien Prat and there is enough speed to set up her run.