Cross Country Pick 5 Pays $1,263 After Three Favorites, Two Longshots Win

Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5, encompassing live racing action from Aqueduct Racetrack and Tampa Bay Downs, paid $1,263.50 for selecting all five winners for the 50-cent wager. The sequence’s total pool was $80,134.

Aqueduct started the first of its three total races in the wager when Good Culture registered an upset win in a maiden special weight for 3-year-olds going a one-turn mile in Race 5. Under jockey Manny Franco, Good Culture rallied from seventh at the quarter pole and third in the stretch to post a two-length score, returning $21.60 on a $2 win wager.

Kaleidoscope Kid commenced the sequence’s Tampa Bay leg with a 6 ¼-length score at 6-1 odds in Race 8. Piloted by Antonio Gallardo, Kaleidoscope Kid drew away to capture the one-mile and 40 yard claiming contest for 4-year-olds and up, paying $14.40.

Action alternated back to Aqueduct, as the Eric Cancel-ridden Eloquent Speaker was the first favorite to win in the Cross County Pick 5, besting Wailin Josie by 1 3/4 lengths in a six-furlong allowance race for New York-bred fillies and mares 4-years-old and up in Race 7. Cancel, who won three races total on the day, rewarded Eloquent Speaker’s favoritism, with the Anthony Dutrow trainee paying $3.40.

Another favorite, Himelstein, followed with a victory in Tampa Bay’s Race 9. Under jockey Hector Diaz, Jr., Himelstein returned $5.20 for winning the six-furlong maiden claimer for 4-year-olds and up, registering a half-length win.

Make Mischief capped the Cross Country Pick 5 by winning the sequence’s lone stakes contest, rallying to edge Brattle House by a neck in the $100,000 Maddie May for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies in Race 8. As the 8-5 favorite, Make Mischief was forwardly placed by Cancel before finding a seam along the rail and overtaking Brattle House in the final sixteenth for a thrilling finish in the one-turn mile. Make Mischief ($5.30) won her first career stakes after three runner-up efforts.

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

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