If no one hits the Single 6 Jackpot at Churchill Downs on Thursday or Friday, there will be a $300,000 mandatory Pick 6 payout on Races 4-9 Saturday night.
The Single 6 Jackpot carryover was up to a massive $672,486 for Thursday’s eight-race program. The Single 6 Jackpot sequence for Thursday covers Races 3-8 starting at 5:58 p.m. (all times Eastern).
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission granted Churchill Downs written approval Thursday to payout $300,000 from the jackpot for Saturday’s 11-race card if there was a carryover heading into that night’s racing program. The remaining jackpot funds would seed the Single 6 Jackpot pool for Sunday, but all funds would be paid Saturday if there is only one winning combination that night.
Saturday’s potential $300,000 payout coincides with the return of “Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser.” Admission gates will open Saturday at 5 p.m. and the first of 11 races is 6 p.m.
Saturday night’s Single 6 Jackpot will span Races 4-9 starting at 7:26 p.m. with a $30,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up. The sequence also features a trio of maiden special weights, including two on turf for fillies and mares; a second level allowance on dirt for 3-year-olds and up; and a first-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds that attracted Road to the Kentucky Derby point-earners Mississippi, Solomini and Tiz Mischief.
Saturday’s stakes doubleheader – the $100,000 Aristides (Grade III) for older sprinters and $75,000-added Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes at five furlongs on turf– are not part of the Single 6 Jackpot sequence and will be run as Races 10 (10:42 p.m.) and 11 (11:10 p.m.), respectively.
Guests attending Churchill Downs on Saturday night are encouraged to dress in bright, neon colors for the theme “Neon Nights.” To purchase tickets visit www.churchilldowns.com/tickets.
The Single 6 Jackpot, which debuted at Churchill Downs during the 2015 Fall Meet, is a minimum 20-cent wager with a low 15-percent takeout, one of the lowest multi-race wager takeout rates in American racing. The Single 6 Jackpot is paid only if there is a single winning wager with six winners placed at the required minimum bet value. If there are multiple winning wagers with six winners in the six-race sequence, 90 percent of the net money wagering into the pool is paid out, and the remaining 10 percent is carried to the Single 6 Jackpot. If there are no tickets will all six winners, 100 percent of the pool is carried to the Single 6 Jackpot.
There was a $385,131 Single 6 Jackpot mandatory payout on May 10, thanks to a $770,264 carryover when no one hit the $2 Pick 6 on Kentucky Derby Day, and more than $1.8 million was wagered into the pool that day. The other $385,131 seeded the Single 6 Jackpot on May 11, and that pool has grown to $672,486 over the last 12 racing days.