Santa Anita Park has announced it will again guarantee $1 million in this Saturday and Sunday's 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool and the track will also guarantee $500,000 in the Jackpot this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 & 5.
A tremendous success at Gulfstream Park, the 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six got off to a fast start here on opening day of the 22-day Autumn Meet this past Friday, as fans wagered $82,392 and one single ticket came within a length of taking down the track's $250,000 Jackpot guarantee in the ninth and final race.
Although there were no Jackpot winners on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Rainbow Pick Six handle was brisk all three days, as players continue to discover they can cover 10 times the amount of horses now with the 20 cent minimum, compared to the original Pick Six, which carried a two dollar minimum.
With combined “Rainbow” handle up over three days compared to last year's two dollar Pick Six, payouts were substantial. On Friday, six winning tickets were each worth $7,336.25. On Saturday, the 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six generated a pool of $251,385, resulting in 12 winning tickets, each worth $11,189. On Sunday, $221,946 in “new” money was wagered, which generated six winning tickets, each worth $8,469.20.
With 57 horses eligible to run in the 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six on Thursday, field size stands at 9.3 runners per race. On Friday, 61 horses are eligible to run, making for an average “Jackpot” field size of just over 10 runners per race.
With a conventional Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $127,225 complementing Thursday's $500,000 Jackpot pool guarantee, approximate post time for race three, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is at 3 p.m. PT. First post time for a pair of eight-race programs on Thursday and Friday is at 1 p.m. First post time this Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day, Monday, is at 12:30 p.m.
For additional information, including complete entries for both Thursday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 5, please visit www.santaanita.com.
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