by Jerry Shottenkirk
May 16, 2021
Sunday at Santa Anita is a mandatory payout day for the Rainbow 6 Jackpot, and there’s no shortage of challenges in the sequence that runs from races 4-9.
Included are four maiden races, a claiming race and an optional claiming headliner. Lots of issues with horses changing distances, courses and class level.
The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent proposition, and proposed today is a $97.20 ticket.
Here’s a look at who’s on the ticket:
Race 4 (5:30 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
ROYALLY COMMAND held on for second at 78-1. The two turns helped her game, as did the turf. GOLDEN JOURNEY was second two races back under Juan Hernandez and gets him back after faltering last time.
Race 5 (6 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
BIG WELL just missed after setting the pace under Alexis Centeno and can take to these from the outset. It’ll likely be a chore to catch him. SALAH will be a decent price and gets the chance to stretch out to two turns after a couple of dull sprint performances. Was third going two turns in February. MOUNT PELLIAR was third last time in his first on dirt after eight tries on turf. Fits here and is ‘blinkers off’ today.
Race 6 (6:30 p.m. ET, starter optional claiming)
AMERICAN ADMIRAL and MYOPIC are a couple of Bob Baffert trainees and should be used. AMERICAN ADMIRAL is a $1.3 million son of American Pharoah and has drilled well for his career debut, which comes midway through his 3-year-old season. Stablemate MYOPIC didn’t fire in his debut, adds blinkers and gets two turns, which should help his cause. BEYOND BRILLIANT is a potential spoiler to the Baffert stable. BEYOND BRILLIANT is the odd man out of the Baffert entrants, but this John Shirreffs charge should not be discarded. He was second and third in turf sprints and gets his chances to stretch out and probably sets the pace going longer on dirt.
Race 7 (7:00 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
FANTAIL ended 2020 with a second at Newcastle (GB) and is set to run here under Richard Baltas tutelage. ELLERSLIE LACE is another European invader, this one from France and for trainer Leonard Powell. Has trailed well for her first since November and has been in group races. It's not out of line to expect some class. LUCKY PERIDOT was third two back and has tried a few tough spots. Looks like the best of those that have raced locally.
Race 8 (7:30 p.m. ET, claiming)
STUDLY PERFECTION blew a long lead last time but that was going a mile around two turns and he gets seven furlongs today. Strong player all the way in this one. JAN’S RESERVE closed well for second two back and will get some fast pacesetters to pursue. Should be rolling in the stretch. BIG BAD GARY closed strongly going 5.5 furlongs and can close a lot of ground here.
Race 9 (8:00 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
CONSIDER ME GONE has good stalking abilities and moves over to the turf. She should be able to make the transition and veteran Abel Cedillo gets the pickup mount. SWEET DEVIL was third sprinting two back and most recently faltered going longer. Could have a strong late move today. IRISH AURA has outstanding speed and is a legit threat to get away.
Race 4) #3 Royally Command, #5 Golden Journey.
Race 5) #5 Big Well, #7 Salah, #9 Mount Pelliar.
Race 6) #3 American Admiral, #4 Myopic, #5 Beyond Brilliant.
Race 7) #2 Fantail, #6 Ellerslie Lace, #8 Lucky Peridot.
Race 8) #1 Studly Perfection, #2 Jan’s Reserve, #7 Big Bad Gary.
Race 9) #2 Consider Me Gone, #4 Sweet Devil, #5 Irish Aura.
Total Ticket Cost) 3,5/5,7,9/3,4,5/2,6,8/1,2,7/2,4,5 = $97.20 for $0.20