Nicoletti, Courtney Handicap Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 Mandatory Payout

Gulfstream Park’s mandatory payout of its 20-cent Rainbow 6 is expected to have a final pool Saturday of more than $6 million.

The sequence, which begins in the seventh race with a $55,000 allowance event at five furlongs on the turf, also includes the 4-year-old debut of Preakness (G1) winner War of Will in the $75,000 Sunshine Forever at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. There will be three turf races in the sequence, which concludes in Race 12 with a dozen optional claimers at a mile on the main track.

Ron Nicoletti and Acacia Courtney, Gulfstream’s hosts and handicappers, got together Friday afternoon to decipher Saturday’s popular 20-cent wager and punch a winning ticket.

 Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 7-12:

            Race 7 – The five-furlong allowance race on turf for 3-year-old fillies drew a field of 10 (including a main-track-only entrant). Ben Colebrook-trained Envied, a stakes-placed daughter of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, is slated to make her second start off a layoff after swinging wide into the stretch and closing well to finish third in an April 17 optional claiming allowance. Cam Gambolati-trained Compensate, who rallied to finish second in the May 21 Melody of Colors; Wesley Ward-trained Foolish Humor, third in the Melody of Colors; and Patrick Biancone-trained Afficionado, a stakes winner in France making her U.S. debut; are among the other prominent entrants.

            Race 8 – The six-furlong sprint on dirt for 3-year-old $16,000 claimers who haven’t won two races lifetime drew a field of nine. Louie’s Kingdom, the 7-5 morning line favorite who graduated in maiden special weight ranks last year, drops from $25,000 claiming company in his first start after being claimed back by trainer Larry Rivelli,

            Race 9 – The $75,000 Sunshine Forever, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 4-year-olds and up drew a talent-rich field of 12 (including a main-track-only entrant). Preakness Stakes (G1) winner War of Will has been entered to make his 2020 debut. If he runs, the Mark Casse-trained son of War Front would return to turf for the first time since his 2-year-old season, during which he was Grade 1 stakes-placed over Woodbine’s grass course. Other high-profile entrants, include the Todd Pletcher-trained duo of Social Paranoia, who captured the Appleton (G3) last time out, and Halladay, the Tropical Park Derby winner who was an impressive three-length optional claiming allowance winner last time out; Brian Lynch-trained Admission Office, second behind Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) winner Zulu Alpha in the Mac Diarmida (G2); Gail Cox-trained El Tormenta, who captured the Woodbine Mile (G1) last year; and Jimmy Toner-trained Hawkish, the 2018 Penn Mile (G2) winner who is making his first start of the year.

            Race 10 – The mile optional claiming allowance on turf for 4-year-olds and up attracted a full and balanced field of 12, including Michael Maker-trained Battle of Blenheim, a two-time winner during the Championship Meet who finished second at this level April 11.

            Race 11 – The six-furlong optional claiming allowance for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up on the main track drew a full field of 12. Todd Pletcher-trained I’ll Fight Dempsey will be seeking to rebound from an April 4 fourth-place finish as the 1-2 favorite that followed a very impressive debut victory Feb. 29 at Gulfstream. Michael Yates’ Whiskey Sunrise, a full-brother to stakes winner Cajun Firecracker who was a romping maiden special weight winner at Gulfstream April 12, is also entered.

            Race 12 – The one mile optional claiming starter allowance for 3-year-olds and up on the main track received a full field of 12 entries. Peppi the Hunter, who was claimed for $8,000 out of a four-length victory last time out, is rated as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of horses that have started for a claiming price of $8,000 or less.

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