Churchill Pick Six Carryover Swells to $1.7M

(from Churchill Downs)
Bettors failed to take down the Pick Six for a ninth consecutive day at Churchill Downs on Friday, pushing the carryover pool to a record $1,694,336.41, the largest seen at the Louisville track since it began offering the multi-race wager in 1984.

The carryover pool heading into Friday totaled $701,585. Fans wagered a total of $1,636,668 on the Pick Six prior to Friday's races and, of that total, $994,275 went into the wager's major pool.

There were live tickets on four horses heading into the 10th race, but none included the eventual winner, Dogwood Stable's Captain Slew. The current carryover pool started with the Nov. 8 racing program.

Consolation tickets for those who selected five of the six winners were worth $3,683.60.

The newest carryover pool surpassed the previous Churchill Downs record of $855,542 that was set on May 6, 2004. That pool included wagering that started on Kentucky Derby Day (May 1) and grew over a total of three racing days. The American record carryover of $1,830,146 was recorded on Jan. 23, 1991 at Santa Anita on the fifth day of that carryover.

Churchill Downs' largest total Pick Six pool came in 2004 when it grew to $2,891,518 during its three-day run before being hit on May 6. The largest Pick Six pool in U.S. racing totaled $7,302,848 at Santa Anita on March 3, 2004.

The largest Pick Six payout at Churchill Downs was the $1,168,136 collected by a single ticket holder on June 25, 2003.

The wager will again be offered on races 5-10 on Churchill Downs' Saturday racing program. Post time for Saturday's first race is 12:40 p.m. (all times EDT) and the 5th race, the first of the Pick Six races, is set to start at approximately 2:36 p.m.