Racing & Wagering

Guaranteed Oaks & Derby Pick 6 Rules

Pick-six pools.
The rules in this section shall govern all pick-six pari-mutuel pools conducted by Churchill Downs.

(a) Wagering tickets. A pari-mutuel pool known as the "pick-six," or such other name as may be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, is authorized to be conducted based upon the outcome of six designated pari-mutuel races to be contested at Churchill Downs on the same racing program, such designation to be made by Churchill Downs with the approval of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. Such pool shall be separate and distinct from all other pari-mutuel pools conducted at such track. Wagers in such pool shall be represented by pari-mutuel tickets immediately distinguishable from pari-mutuel tickets issued in other pools. A wager, which shall select a winner for each designated race, shall be included on the same pari-mutuel ticket that shall be issued prior to the start of the first designated pick-six race. Races designated for the pick-six pool shall be clearly described as such in the official program.

(b) Winners and carry-overs. In general, after deductions for cancellations, refunds and statutory takeout, 75 percent of the resulting pick-six net pool for the day shall be distributed, less breaks, to the holders of tickets selecting the winners of all six designated races in the pool (all selections in “all-win” legs are considered winners), and 25 percent of such net pool shall be distributed to the holders of the remaining tickets selecting the most winners.  Should there be no wager selecting winners of all six designated races, 25 percent of the net pool shall be distributed less breaks to the holders of tickets selecting the winners of the most pick-six races, and the remaining 75 percent of the net pool shall be carried over, added to, and distributed with the next pick-six pool as such distributions are calculated in accordance with these rules.  Carryovers from prior pick-six pools, advertised guaranteed amounts or advertised added amounts will be distributed to winners in such day’s pick-six pools, provided that there is no more than one “all win” event and no other races are canceled or declared “all win” in the pick-six sequence.  In the event there is more than one “all win” in the pick-six sequence of races, any carryovers and/or advertised guaranteed amounts will be removed from that day’s pick-six payoffs.

(c) Added payments to winners. In addition to the 75-percent net pool share and any carry-overs distributable when a wager correctly selects winners of all six designated races, or five winners and no more than one “all win” leg of a pick-six pool, there shall be distributed by the track operator from its own funds, upon such occurrence, any amounts it has advertised that it will add to the total distribution, or any amounts necessary to yield an advertised guaranteed total distribution.

(d) Final distribution. The track shall make a final distribution of all accumulated carry-overs together with 75 percent of the net pool of the pick-six pool conducted on the final day of a meet to the holders of wagers selecting the winners of all pick-six races, or five winners and no more than one “all win” contested during such program and 25 percent of such net pool shall be distributed to the holders of the remaining tickets selecting the most winners. Should there no distribution made in accordance with the above paragraph on the last day of the Churchill Downs’ race meet, then the entire distributable pool and all monies accumulated therein shall be distributed to the holders of tickets correctly designating the most winning selections of the six races comprising the pick-six for that day. In the event the pick-six is canceled on the final day of a Churchill Downs race meet, all money wagered into the pick-six pool that day shall be refunded.  Any carryover shall be retained and added to the pick-six pool on the first racing day of Churchill Downs’ next race meet.

(e) Dead heats. Each horse in a dead heat for win shall be considered the winner, and no allocations among wagers shall be made as a result thereof, unlike the practice in a pari-mutuel win pool. The payoff price per dollar shall be the same for each class of winning wager.

(f) Scratched horses and nonstarters. At any time after wagering begins on the pick-six pool, should an entire betting entry or field be scratched or declared a nonstarter in any pick-six race, no further tickets selecting such betting entry or field shall be issued, and wagers upon such betting entry or field, for purposes of the pick-six pool, shall be deemed wagers upon the betting entry or field (designated horse) upon which the most wagering money has been registered at the track in the win pool at the close of win pool betting for such race. (In the event of a money tie, the tied betting entry or field with the lowest program number shall be designated.) Wagers in the pick-six pool upon an entry or field of horses from which a starter or starters may have been scratched will, in the case of such entry or field, be deemed wagers upon the horse or horses remaining in such entry or field.  In case no starter remains representing any betting entry or field, wagers upon such entry or field shall be deemed wagers upon the "designated horse" in the race affected by the scratch. Should a betting interest be scratched or declared a nonstarter prior to the start of the first leg, the betting operator shall be authorized to refund any tickets designating betting entries affected thereby prior to such first leg.

(g) Race cancellations and races declared no contest. Except for pick-six pools in which an intermediate or final distribution is to be made, should one or more pick-six races be canceled, no carry-overs from prior pick-six pools, advertised guaranteed amounts or advertised added amounts will be distributed to winners in such day's pick-six pool; and (1) if more than three such races are contested, 100 percent of that program's net pool shall be distributed, less breaks, to holders of wagers upon the winners of all pick-six races actually contested for such pool; should no wager select the winners of all pick-six races actually contested, 100 percent of that net pool shall be distributed, less breaks, to the holders of wagers selecting the most winners of the pick-six races contested; (2) if three or fewer such races are contested, the entire pool for such program shall be refunded.  

(h) Surface transfers.  When the condition of the turf course(s) warrants a change of racing surface in any of the legs of the pick-six races, and such change has not been disclosed to the public prior to the close of wagering for the pick-six pool, the stewards shall declare the changed leg(s) an “”all win” race for pick-six wagering purposes only.   An “all win” race will assign the winner of that race to each pick six ticketholder as their selection for that race.  

(i) No reduction in guaranteed distributions. Advertised added monies or minimum distributions shall not apply to intermediate or final distributions, unless a wager correctly selects winners of all six designated races, or five winners and no more than one “all win” leg of the pick-six pool.

(j) Betting information. Unless otherwise ordered by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, information concerning combinations wagered upon or not wagered upon in a pick-six pool shall not be disclosed by the tote operator, or otherwise, until the final leg of a pick-six wager remains as the only race to be contested for completion of the pick-six wager. The operation of the totalizator equipment and reports generated thereby, as well as the communication of any information concerning such pool, shall be subject to the strict supervision of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

(k) Nontransferability. Pick-six tickets shall be nontransferable, and violations of this subdivision may lead to confiscation and cancellation of such tickets in addition to other disciplinary action.

(l) Unforeseen circumstances. Should circumstances occur which are not foreseen in this section, questions arising thereby shall be resolved in accordance with general pari-mutuel practice. Decisions regarding distribution of pick-six pools will be final and unappealable.

(m) Posting of rules. These rules shall be posted in the public area of the track by Churchill Downs and copies thereof shall be made available to the public.

* TwinSpires.com reserves the right to cancel the guarantees if the total number of starters in all of the legs of the Pick-6 sequence is less than 42 at the time the Pick-6 pool closes.


*  TwinSpires.com reserves the right to cancel the guarantees if any type of weather, power, or technology issue prevents simulcast outlets representing more than 20% of Kentucky Derby Day off-track wagering in 2012 from being able to wager into the Pick-6 pools.