Bettors have a lucrative $166,087 carryover in the Derby City 6 to chase Saturday at Churchill Downs for the 12-race closing day program.
There is a mandatory payout in Saturday’s 20-cent all-stakes Derby City 6, which covers Races 7-12 starting at approximately 3:50 p.m. (all times Eastern) because the Stephen Foster afternoon program doubles as closing day of the 38-day Spring Meet.
The jackpot was $166,087 at the conclusion of Friday’s action.
All monies will be distributed Saturday to ticket holders with the most winners in the six-race series. Track officials estimate the force-out of Saturday’s total Derby City 6 pool should eclipse $1 million with new money.
The last time the jackpot was paid was 16 race days ago on Saturday, May 29 – Stephen Foster Preview Day – when Churchill Downs had a mandatory force-out of the jackpot with a $150,655 carryover. That day’s pool was $1,236,502 and all-sources handle on the 11-race program eclipsed $14 million.
Takeout on the Derby City 6 is just 15% – one of the lowest multi-race wager takeout rates in American racing – and only costs 20 cents per combination.
Saturday’s closing day sequence features 61 entered horses for an average of 10.2 entries per race:
Race 7: $150,000 War Chant, 3-year-olds, one mile on turf, eight entries
Race 8: $150,000 Debutante (Listed), 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, 10 entries
Race 9: $150,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III), 2-year-olds, six furlongs, 11 entries
Race 10: $300,000 Wise Dan (Grade II), 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf, 10 entries
Race 11: $600,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II), 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles, nine entries
Race 12: $150,000 Tepin, 3-year-old fillies, one mile on turf, 13 entries
In addition to the Derby City 6, there is a $14,384 Super Hi 5 carryover in the final race, the Tepin, which also must be paid out to the most winners.
Past performances are available atwww.Brisnet.com or www.ChurchillDowns.com/Handicapping. Fans can wager on the Derby City 6 on track at Churchill Downs; www.TwinSpires.com, the track’s official online wagering platform; other online wagering outlets; and select satellite betting centers throughout North America.
Churchill Downs’ admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and tickets, starting at $7, are available on www.ChurchillDowns.com/tickets. The first of 12 races is 12:45 p.m. and the finale is scheduled for 6:27 p.m.
All 12 races on the Stephen Foster card at Churchill Downs are scheduled to be televised on Fox Sports 2 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. as part of the “America’s Day at the Races” coverage.