by Jerry Shottenkirk
June 30, 2018
Gulfstream Park on Saturday unleashes a 14-bagger and when it comes to talent, it begins and ends with the outstanding sprinter X Y Jet. When players from all racing ports of call take aim at the mandatory Rainbow Six payoff, he’ll be one popular fella. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to a more popular likable runner anywhere.
X Y Jet is in the Grade 3 $250,000 Smile Sprint, which goes as the 13th race and includes some other polished runners but none as accomplished as the 3-to-5 morning line favorite. He’s a standout and a single on this suggested Rainbow Six ticket.
This marks his first start since a heartbreaking second to Mind Your Biscuits in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan on March 31. He won two starts leading up to his trip to the Persian Gulf – the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream and the Tampa’s Pelican Stakes. He’s been drilling quite well for his return.
Also on tap in the Rainbow Six is the Grade 2 Princess Rooney Stakes (12th).
Curlin’s Approval is a solid favorite but the seven-furlong race has lured several proven runners and while Curlin’s Approval is definitely on this ticket, My Miss Tapit and Spanish Harlem also are used here. My Miss Tapit comes in off an impressive score vs. veteran fillies and mares in her 1st since she was unplaced in the G3 Monmouth Oaks in August, just a month after running 4th in the Grade 2 Mother Goose. Spanish Harlem is a potential upsetter. She’s an effective stalker, can make a run at the leaders, and if they falter, she’ll be there to pick up the pieces.
The approach is a 4x4x4x3x1x2 ticket with a cost of $76.80. The first three are maidens and claimers and necessitate such an approach before getting to the more reliable types late in the card.
Here’s the suggested ticket for the mandatory-payout Rainbow Six at Gulfstream Park:
Race 9) #2 Awesome Friday, #6 Sunshine Bay, #7 Bargainaire, #8 Ronehandofblackjak
Race 10) #2 Friend Zone, #5 Nonno Nino, #9 Spanish Dude, #11 Iron Johnny
Race 11) #1 Dash of Dazzle, #4 Strong Composition, #6 Face of Winner, #9 Journey’s End
Race 12) #1 Curlin’s Approval, #3 My Miss Tapit, #8 Spanish Harlem
Race 13) #8 X Y Jet
Race 14) #3 Over Sensual, #5 Talking Point
20-cent Rainbow Six: 2-6-7-8 with 2-5-9-11 with 1-4-6-9 with 1-3-8 with 8 with 3-5 ($76.80).