Sunday's $0.50 Pick 5 at Emerald Downs returned a track record $23,306.55 to one winning ticket, topping the previous mark of $22,700.95 set April 10, 2016.
The knockout punches Sunday were first-time starter Spot On at 18-1 in the eighth race and Mary Lois, who upended odds-on Exit Sixty Slew in race nine.
Sunday's $0.50 Pick 5:
Race 6: Soolaimon ($9.40)
Race 7: Please Be Me ($5.20)
Race 8: Spot On ($39.80)
Race 9: Mary Lois ($14)
Race 10: Desert Black ($9)
Mary Lois rallied inside and rolled to an upset victory Sunday in the featured Valpak Purse for older fillies and mares as Emerald launched its 23rd season of live racing under sun-kissed skies.
Under a rail-skimming ride by Jennifer Whitaker, Mary Lois collared Lovethisbar past mid-stretch and drew away for a 1 ½-length victory in 1:03.08 for 5 ½ furlongs. The winner paid $14, $3.40 and $2.40.
Exit Sixty Slew, the 1-5 favorite ridden by Austin Solis, rallied late for second place and paid $2.10 and $2.10, while Lovethisbar held third under Rocco Bowen and paid $3 to show.
Bowen, gunning for an unprecedented third straight Emerald Downs' riding title, rode four winners Sunday; he swept races four through seven on the 10-race card.
A 9-year-old California-bred mare by Skimming, Mary Lois has a career record of 11-3-9 in 49 starts with earnings of $99,756. Howard Belvoir is the trainer for owner Rick Southall.
Whitaker, No. 8 all-time with 471 riding wins at Emerald Downs, has combined with Belvoir for 334 of those wins.
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