Following a traditional three-day break after the running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Spring Meet racing resumes at Churchill Downs on Wednesday with large and enticing carryover pools in the track’s Pick 6 and new Super Hi-5 wagers.
The Pick 6, a $2 minimum wager which requires fans to correctly select the winners of six consecutive races, has a carryover pool of $410,599 heading into Wednesday’s racing. The Super Hi-5, a $1 minimum bet that requires fans to correctly select the top five finishers in order in a designated race, has a record carryover of $331,928 for Wednesday’s racing.
Post time for the first of nine races on Wednesday’s Churchill Downs program is 1:15 p.m. (all times EDT). Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. General admission to Churchill Downs is $3, and $1 for members of the Twin Spires Club and seniors 60 and older. Admission is free for children 12 and under.
Wednesday’s Pick 6 wager will be conducted on races 4-9, and post time for the 4th race is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. The Super Hi-5 will be offered on Wednesday’s 9th race and post time for that event is scheduled for 5:17 p.m.
There were no perfect tickets in Pick 6 wagering on Kentucky Derby Day although favored Big Brown was an impressive winner in the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby, the final race in that day’s Pick 6 cycle. The Super Hi-5 was also offered on the Kentucky Derby, but there were no perfect tickets at Churchill Downs or any of its simulcast outlets that day despite the triumph by Big Brown. Odds on the horses that finished in positions two-through-five in the Derby went off at post time odds that ranged from 13-1 to 49-1.
“Any day at the races that includes the possibility of someone becoming an ‘instant millionaire’ is exciting,” said Jim Gates, general manager of Churchill Downs. “That could happen on either or both of these wagers, and both the Pick 6 and the Super Hi-5 offer chances offer players of every skill level, from dedicated handicappers to racing newcomers who play their favorite numbers, the chance to win big.”
The Pick Six carryover pool ranks as the sixth-largest in track history. The Super Hi-5, which has been offered once per day since the Spring Meet opening on April 26, has already produced a winning payout of $33,013. That went to single bettor during Kentucky Derby Week following a one-day carryover.
Churchill Downs racing in the week after Kentucky Derby 134 will continue through Sunday. Post time for racing on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:15 p.m. Racing on Friday, May 9 will include the “Friday Happy Hours Kickoff” for the Spring Meet. Post time for Friday’s program is 2:45 p.m. Admission gates open at 1 p.m.
“Friday Happy Hours,” sponsored by Budweiser Select and Fischer’s, features $2 beer and $2 hot dogs in the track’s paddock area each week from 4-7 p.m. Live music will be featured each week during the “Friday Happy Hours” celebrations.