A mandatory payout for the Empire 6 wager will be paid out following the conclusion of racing on Sunday at Belmont Park.
The 10-race card on October 6, the concluding day of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Racing Festival, will feature three graded stakes that are each part of the Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” Challenge Series, highlighted by the 42nd running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Flower Bowl [Filly and Mare Turf]; the 72nd running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette [Juvenile Fillies] and the Grade 3, $150,000 Futurity [Juvenile Turf Sprint]. The Breeders' Cup will run November 1-2 at Santa Anita Park.
Entering Friday at Belmont, the Pick 6 jackpot stood at $626,093. The Empire 6 requires the bettor to select the first-place finisher of the final six races of the card. On non-mandatory payout days, if one unique ticket exists, then 100 percent of the net pool, plus the jackpot carryover if applicable, will be paid to the winner. If there is no unique wager selecting the first-place finisher in all six races, then 75 percent of the day's net pool will be distributed to those who selected the first-place finisher in the greatest number of races. The remainder will be added into the jackpot and carried to the next day's Empire 6.
Sunday's Empire 6 will commence with Race 5 at approximately 2:59 p.m. Eastern. The wager will feature all three stakes races, starting with the Futurity in Race 7, offering a six-horse field of juveniles going six furlongs on the Widener turf. Four Wheel Drive is the 9-5 morning line favorite.
The Flower Bowl, in Race 8, features seven fillies and mares 3-years-old and up going 1 1/14 miles on the inner turf, and will see the Chad Brown-trained Sistercharlie go for her sixth consecutive Grade 1 victory. The 1-5 favorite will contest against stablemate Thais and two Graham Motion-trained contenders in Mrs. Sippy and Empressof the Nile.
The Frizette, a prestigious race for juvenile fillies, will follow in Race 9. A seven-horse field will look to earn qualifying points to the 2020 Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on May 2 at Churchill Downs [10-4-2-1 points to the top-four finishers]. Hall of Famer trainers Bob Baffert, Steve Asmussen and Bill Mott each will saddle formidable contenders with Quality Response, Wicked Whisper and Frank's Rockette, respectively.
The concluding Race 10 offers a full 12-horse New York-bred maiden field going seven furlongs in the Widener turf.
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