After going unsolved Friday, the Maryland state record carryover jackpot in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 reached $625,866.27 for Saturday’s nine-race program at Pimlico Race Course.
Post time is 12:40 p.m.
No horses were live to take down the jackpot heading into Friday’s ninth-race finale. A total of $85,485 was bet into the popular multi-race wager, which began with a carryover of $598,522.24 from Thursday. Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $1,000.38.
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.
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence begins in Race 4 (2:08 p.m.), a 1 1/16-mile claiming event for fillies and mares 3 and up which have never won two races. Race 8 (4:15 p.m.) is a six-furlong allowance sprint for Maryland-bred/sired females 3 and older that drew a field of seven led by 7-5 program favorite Whispering Pines, third by a length in the seven-furlong Conniver March 13 at Laurel Park and most recently second in an open 6 ½-furlong allowance April 22 at Belmont Park racing first time for trainer Horacio DePaz.
Notes: Winston Pegg ($37.60) came off the fence in mid-stretch under jockey Leonardo Corujo to spring a 17-1 upset in Friday’s Race 7, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight for horses 3, 4 and 5 on the grass, giving Fair Hill, Md.-based owner-trainer Damian Towler his first victory in five career starts. Four of them have come with Winston Pegg, a 5-year-old South Carolina-bred gelding who completed the distance in 1:43.92 … In Friday’s other maiden special weight, Stuart Janney III homebred Hightailing ($6.20), making her eighth career start and third off a 1 ½-year layoff, powered down the center of the turf course to edge Lemon Drop Kiss by a neck and win Race 5 for females 3, 4 and 5, in 1:38.39 for one mile. Hightailing, 5, was ridden by Forest Boyce and is trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey
Friday’s featured ninth-race finale saw four-time stakes-placed Sky’s Not Falling ($9.80) surge past pacesetting Forced in mid-stretch and draw clear to win the five-furlong allowance for 3-year-olds and up in 57.14 seconds over a firm turf course. It was the third win of the day for jockey Victor Carrasco and trainer Mike Trombetta, who also teamed up with Sheriff’s Kid ($3.60) in Race 3 and Self Awareness ($2.40) in Race 4.
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