A single winner cashed a ticket in Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5, which paid $108,475 for selecting all five victors for the 50-cent wager at races from Aqueduct in New York and Oaklawn in Arkansas. The sequence’s total pool was $127,630.
Oaklawn started the action with the $500,000 Essex in Race 7 featuring six 4-year-olds and up competing at 1 1/16 miles. Silver Slate, the favorite, sat chilly off the pace before gaining command by the stretch and holding off R Rated Superstar by a neck to win for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. Ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., Silver Slate completed the course in 1:42.73. He returned $4.40 on a $2 win wager.
Aqueduct ran its first leg in the sequence with Mihos posting a 1 1/4-length victory in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance optional claiming title in Race 8. The Jimmy Jerkens trainee rallied from fifth in the stretch to hit the wire in 1:18.73 under jockey Trevor McCarthy. Mihos, off at 6-1, paid $14.40
Back at Oaklawn, Special Reserve went gate-to-wire to win a six-furlong allowance optional claiming contest in Race 8. The Mike Maker trainee logged a final time of 1:09.39, defeating One for Richie by two lengths under rider Florent Geroux. Special Reserve, off at 8-1, returned $18.20.
Sadie Lady fended off Call On Mischief’s late charge to win the $100,000 Correction by a neck in Aqueduct’s feature in Race 9. Trainer Rob Atras won his fourth race on the card, with Sadie Lady making her successful 5-year-old debut, winning at 5-1 odds [$13]. Jockey Manny Franco earned his third win of the day, piloting Sadie Lady to victory.
Closing the curtain on the Cross Country Pick 5 was a win by a neck for Carlos L. in the $150,000 Temperence Hill in Oaklawn’s Race 9. The sequence’s biggest price went off at 47-1 and paid a sizable $97.30, ensuring the lone winner of the payout. Carlos L., trained by McLean Robertson and ridden by Alex Canchari, set a new track record for the marathon 1 1/2 miles on the main track, finishing in 2:29.87 with Lone Rock in close pursuit. Tenfold, the 2-1 favorite, finished third, a neck behind Lone Rock.
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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