Saturday's Cross Country Pick 5, featuring all graded stakes from Aqueduct and Keeneland, attracted a pool of $250,763 and produced a massive $8,228.75 payout for 50 cents despite favorites winning three of five legs.
The sequence kicked off with the Grade 1, $300,000 Madison from Keeneland where Spiced Perfection ($11) collared Amy's Challenge for a narrow neck win, shortly followed by mutuel favorite World of Trouble ($3.70), who stalked and pounced to a convincing victory in the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter Handicap at the Big A.
Chaos reigned in the third leg, when 52-1 shot Out for a Spin made the lead at the top of the lane and stayed on stubbornly for a neck score over Restless Rider in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ashland at Keeneland, returning $106.20.
The penultimate leg, the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, featured a talented field of 11 with Tacitus scoring as the 5-2 favorite, returning $7.20.
The favored Vekoma drew off to win the closing leg, the Grade 2, $1 million Blue Grass from Keeneland by 3 1/2-lengths, returning $4.80.
The Cross Country Pick 5 will return next Saturday featuring a selection of stakes races from Aqueduct, Keeneland 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.
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