Lightning Strikes the Rainbow Twice At TwinSpires

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Ed DeRosa

January 25th, 2015 player William Smith of Maryland hit the Rainbow 6 Jackpot at Gulfstream Park on Friday for $119,599. This is the second time already in 2015 the big prize has been taken down by a TwinSpires player, bringing our players’ Rainbow 6 total prize winnings to more than $475,000 this month alone.

The Rainbow 6 requires bettors to have the only winning combination across six races at Gulfstream Park. The bet sometimes goes months without being hit and daily attracts some of the sharpest handicapping minds looking to make a big score, and the smartest (or luckiest?) of all are playing at Smith’s strike on Friday comes just 20 days after Jesse Sherman of Washington scored out for $317,161.

Smith, 64, is competing in the National Handicapping Championship, a $2.6-million contest that includes 20 other players who qualified by playing on

“That Smith is both a successful contest and Pick 6 player shows the many ways you can win on,” said Director of Communications Ed DeRosa. “ gives players the tools they need to handicap and wager effectively and efficiently whether playing contests or on the races themselves.”

The Rainbow 6 is a $0.20 base wager, meaning Smith’s payout was just shy of 600,000-to-1—odds seldom found in any gambling enterprise outside of horse racing. In 2014-2015, nine players have won at least $100,000 on a single wager

The key element to Smith’s big score was Quiet Kitten winning race 8 on Friday at Gulfstream. Quiet Kitten was the only horse Smith used in that race, so if she had lost then he would have as well. Quiet Kitten’s odds were 6-to-5 or +120 in sports betting speak. A sports bettor would have to put down nearly $100,000 to win what Smith did on a $115.20 bet.

“The excitement of horse racing is not limited to the racetrack,” DeRosa said. “For its fans, the opportunity to win big is part of the fun, horse racing is the only sport that offers the potential for a life-changing payout on a daily basis.” is the official advance-deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN), its family of racetracks, the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated and offers safe, secure, and regulated wagering on races from throughout North America and the world. is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and Lexington, Kentucky, and operates a wagering hub in Oregon.