Saturday's Cross Country Pick 5, with stakes races from Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Oaklawn Park, featured a pool of $205,564 and returned $2,211.25 for the minimum 50 cent wager.
The sequence started with the $200,000 Top Flight Invitational from Aqueduct, where Another Broad [$11.40] rallied from off the pace with Manny Franco aboard for owners Madaket Stables LLC., Elayne Stables, Brian Martin and conditioner Todd Pletcher to win her first stakes by 1 ¼ lengths.
The action switched to Keeneland for the Grade 3 Lexington for 3-year-olds, where Rupp Racing's Owendale [$27.40], for trainer Brad Cox, upset the field of 10 in the final east coast Kentucky Derby prep of the year.
One race later at Keeneland in the Grade 1, $300,000 Jenny Wiley, 4-5 mutuel favorite Rushing Fall [$3.80], in her first start of the year, held back a late charge from stablemate Rymska to capture her third consecutive stakes race.
The final two legs of the Cross Country Pick 5 took place at Oaklawn Park where Quip [$13.00] bested Lone Sailor in a muddy renewal of the Grade 2, $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap to earn his first victory since capturing the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in 2018 for trainer Rodolphe Brisset and owners WinStar Farm LLC., China Horse Club International Ltd., and SF Racing LLC.
In the final leg, post time favorite Omaha Beach [$5.40] handled the off track with aplomb certifying his Grade 2 Rebel win at Oaklawn a month earlier to pick up an additional 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and owner Fox Hill Farms.
The Cross Country Pick 5 will return Saturday, April 20 featuring a selection of stakes races from Aqueduct, Charles Town, Keeneland, Woodbine, and Oaklawn Park.
The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is also available on track, on ADW platforms, and at simulcast facilities across the country. There will be a mandatory payout of the entire pool.
Registration for the Belmont Stakes Challenge, a two-day live-money handicapping tournament to take place during the last two days of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival June 7-8, is now open.
Entrants will be able to register and compete on track or online in the Belmont Stakes Challenge via NYRA Bets. The entry fee is $10,000, of which $2,500 will go to the prize pool with the remaining $7,500 comprising each participants' bankroll. Contestants are free to make win, place, show, exacta and trifecta, quinella and Daily Double wagers over the course of the two days, with eligible tournament races encompassing every race from Belmont Park on Friday, June 7 through the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8.
Entrants will also compete for one seat to the 2020 Belmont Stakes Challenge, four seats to the 2020 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship [NHC] and two seats to the 2019 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge [BCBC]. The Belmont Stakes grand prize winner will have the opportunity to select a seat in either the NHC or BCBC and earn a chance at a $1 million bonus should they go on to win.
Online registration, which opened April 9, can be made at www.NYRA.com/Challenge. In order to enter and play online, contestants must be registered NYRA Bets account holders. New NYRA Bets members are currently eligible to receive a bet $200 get $200 bonus. To learn more, visit https://www.nyrabets.com/#about-contests.
The deadline for the required payment of $10,000 is 5 p.m. ET on June 5. A maximum of two entries are permitted per individual.
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