Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5 at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park pays well.
Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5 featuring racing from Belmont Park in Elmont, Ny. and Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., paid $37,936 for selecting all five winners for the 50-cent wager. The total pool was $89,270.
Churchill commenced the action when Exult rallied from eighth to win a starter allowance for 3-year-olds and up going one mile on the turf in Race 6. Exult, trained by Rodolphe Brisset and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, was fifth in the stretch before turning it on to post a 1 3/4-length victory with a final time of 1:35.33, returning $8.80 on a $2 win wager.
Belmont was the site of the sequence’s first stakes, as Sport Model won the $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes Series Cupecoy’s Joy for eligible state-sired 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs on the Widener turf course in Race 6. The Christophe Clement-trained Sport Model, under jockey Luis Saez, outkicked Funwhileitlasted by a half-length, completing the course in 1:21.16. Sport Model paid $14.80.
The action stayed at Belmont for Race 8, as My First Grammy edged Top Gun Tommy by a neck to win a starter allowance going a one-turn mile on Big Sandy in Race 8. My First Grammy, conditioned by Oscar Barrera, was piloted by Manny Franco, hitting the wire in 1:36.78. Off at 9-1, My First Grammy returned $20.20.
Witez bested Take Charge Ro by three-quarters of a length in Churchill’s Race 9, winning at 13-1 in paying $29.60 for the sequence’s biggest upset. The Ian Wilkes trainee completed the 1 1/8-mile turf course in 1:48.43 under Chris Landeros, topping a 10-horse field of fillies and mares 3-years-old and up in an allowance optional claimer.
The $150,000 NYSSS Spectacular Bid in Belmont’s Race 9 concluded the Cross Country Pick 5, with Ocala Dream repelling the favorite Step Dancer’s late charge to win the seven-furlong Widener turf contest for 3-year-olds by one length. Trained by Tom Morley, Ocala Dream, ridden by Junior Alvarado, notched a final time of 1:21.20 and paid $8.40.
The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is also available on track, on ADW platforms, and at simulcast facilities across the country. Every week will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool.
The Cross Country Pick 5 will continue each Saturday throughout the year. For more information, visit NYRABets.com.
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