Fans who are still recovering from the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the surprise victory by 50-1 shot Mine That Bird will have added motivation to return to the track when the Spring Meet resumes on Wednesday as huge carryover pools will be available in both the Pick 6 and Super HI-5 wagers.
The Pick 6, a $2 minimum wager that requires bettors to correctly select the winners of six consecutive races, has a carryover pool of $781,146 as Spring Meet racing resumes following a three-day post-Derby break. The Super HI-5, a $1 minimum wager that requires the bettor to correctly select the first five horses in the correct order-of-finish in a selected race, has a carryover pool of $251,856.
Post time for the first of nine races on Wednesday’s Churchill Downs program is 12:45 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.
Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Day racing card marked the fourth consecutive program in which no perfect tickets were purchased in the Pick 6. Wednesday’s $781,146 Pick 6 carryover pool is the third largest at Churchill Downs since the wager was introduced in 1984.
Wednesday’s Pick 6 sequence begins in the fourth race, which has a scheduled post time of 2:21 p.m.
Wednesday’s Super Hi-5 wager is scheduled for the day’s ninth and final race. Post time for the ninth race is 4:59 p.m.
Churchill Downs racing in the week after Kentucky Derby 135 will continue through Sunday. Post time for racing on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 12:45 p.m. Racing on Friday, May 8 will include the Spring Meet’s “Friday Happy Hours Kickoff.” Post time for Friday’s program is 2:45 p.m. Admission gates open at 1:30 p.m.
“Friday Happy Hours,” sponsored by Budweiser Select, features live music, beer and cocktail specials each week from 4-7 p.m. Each week, one lucky lady who enjoys “Friday Happy Hours” will be chosen “Most Stylish” and will win a $250 shopping spree in a Louisville boutique.
The first of the Spring Meet’s “Get in the Game” handicapping seminars with Churchill Downs racing analyst Jill Byrne is set for Saturday, May 9 in the Paddock. Join Jill and a special guest each week for the seminars, which will begin at noon. If weather is poor, the “Get in the Game” seminars will be held in the Trackside ITW area in the second floor of the Clubhouse.
Spring Meet racing at Churchill Downs continues through July 5. More information about Churchill Downs racing is available on the Web at www.churchilldowns.com or your can follow Churchill Downs racing on Twitter at @churchilldowns.