$25,507 Payout In Longshot-Dominated Cross Country Pick 5

Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5, featuring stakes action from Aqueduct, Oaklawn Park and Keeneland Race Course, returned $25,507.25 for selecting all five winner’s for the 50-cent wager. The total was pool was $180,061.

The action started with the sequence’s lone non-stakes in Aqueduct’s Race 7, when Family Biz overtook Yankee Division in the stretch to win a one-mile main track allowance tilt for trainer Linda Rice at the Ozone Park, N.Y., track. Family Biz, ridden by Eric Cancel, returned $13.80 on a $2 win wager, victorious for the second time in five starts this year.

Keeneland, located in Lexington, Ky., commenced the stakes action in Race 8 when Change of Control posted a rallying one-length victory in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up in a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint. Trained by Michelle Lovell and ridden by Colby Hernandez, Change of Control paid $19.80.

Aqueduct’s first turf stakes of the year saw another double-digit payout, with the British-bred Delaware winning his first North American start with an impressive come-from-behind effort in the $100,000 Danger’s Hour in Race 8. The Chad Brown trainee set a Big A track record for one mile on the inner turf course, running down Rinaldi in the final sixteenth to hit the wire in 1:33.67 under a drive by jockey Manny Franco. Delaware, a Group 3 winner in France before arriving in the United States, paid $22.20.

King Fury provide the wager’s biggest payday, winning the Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington at 18-1 odds for trainer Ken McPeek. King Fury, who tracked in eighth position in the nine-horse field of 3-year-olds through the opening quarter-mile, registered a 2 3/4-length win under Brian Hernandez, Jr., winning the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Derby prep race that earned the winner 20 qualifying points to the “Run for the Roses” on May 1. King Fury paid $38.40 for winning Keeneland’s ninth race, while Unbridled Honor, Starrinmydreams and Proxy finished second, third and fourth to earn 8-4-2 points, respectively.

Oaklawn closed out the contest with By My Standards edging Rushie by a nose to win the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile for 4-year-olds and up on the main track in Race 9. By My Standards, with Gabriel Saez in the irons, returned $6.80 for his off-the-pace effort at the Hot Springs, Arkansas track, earning a win for trainer Bret Calhoun.

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. Every week will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool.

The Cross Country Pick 5 will continue each Saturday throughout the year. For more information, visit NYRABets.com.


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