John Clay: Borislow beats 'Rainbow 6' bettors to the punch

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistMay 27, 2014 

Random notes:

Dan Borislow knows how to spoil a party.

The Palm Beach, Fla., native cashed a Pick 6 ticket at Gulfstream Park on Sunday that was worth nearly $6.7 million when the track was hoping for a Monday "Rainbow 6" payout of nearly three times that amount.

The "Rainbow 6" payout was to go to the bettor who held the only unique ticket with the winners of the last six races on the Gulfstream card. If there was more than one ticket, no payout.

There was a $6.3 million carryover heading into last Saturday's racing and Gulfstream had announced a guaranteed Memorial Day payout with hopes the jackpot could swell to $16 million, topping the previous North American record of $10 million.

Borislow, a regular handicapper and Thoroughbred owner who raced Talk is Money in the 2001 Kentucky Derby, had other ideas. With some bettors waiting for Monday, Borislow slipped in and was the only one to pick all six races on Sunday, when the fields were smaller.

Borislow bet every horse in the third, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth races. In the sixth race, he bet on four horses. His winning ticket cost $7,603.20.

Borislow told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald he wasn't sorry.

"I guess the more losers there are, the bigger the winner is," he said.

■ The most amazing aspect of Kentucky softball's super regional win over UCLA was Kelsey Nunley pitching all 21 innings of the three games. Pitch counts aren't for women's softball.

■ Who came up with that crazy SEC Baseball Tournament format anyway?

In the supposed double-elimination format, UK and Florida each finished 2-1 and split a pair of games against the other, yet the Gators advanced to the finals thanks to a 6-5 win over the Cats on Saturday.

The SEC should go back to an eight-game, true double-elimination format.

■ When Kentucky travels to Louisville for the NCAA baseball regional this weekend, the Cats will be trying to reach the super regional for the first time.

They came close in 1988 under Keith Madison, losing twice in the finals to Stanford in the Northeast Regional in New Britain, Conn. The Cats lost the first game 6-5.

In 2008 under John Cohen, UK came out of the losers' bracket to reach the Ann Arbor Region finals, but lost to Arizona in the first game.

In 2012 under Gary Henderson, UK came out of the losers' bracket to reach the Gary Regional finals, only to lose to Kent State in the first game.

■ It's no secret the Reds are struggling to score runs, but not sure what General Manager Walt Jocketty and Manager Bryan Price can do at this point.

■ Hear that Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman has been getting heat for being too tough on the Reds. Hey, they were 22-27 after Monday night's loss. You were expecting balloons and roses?

■ Still love California Chrome's chances of taking the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes, but the contenders aren't backing off. Dale Romans' Medal Count was added to the list of probables on Tuesday.

■ It was a rough Monday night for former UK manager and current Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who took a lot of flak after Indiana's 102-90 loss in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals to Miami. Is Wednesday's game Vogel's last as Pacers coach?

■ Johnny Manziel partying in Las Vegas over the Memorial Day weekend had to be just what the Cleveland Browns were afraid might happen.

■ Postseason props to Eastern Kentucky's athletics program, which won the 2014 OVC Commissioner's Cup for all-around success.

John Clay: (859) 231-3226. Email: jclay@herald-leader.com. Twitter: @johnclayiv. Blog: johnclay.bloginky.com.

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