New York Record Pick Six Payout at Aqueduct

The biggest pick six in NYRA history ended with the first two tickets worth in excess of $1 million in the history of New York racing. Six consecutive double-digit winners conspired to eliminate all but those two tickets, each of which worth $1,120,287.

J. Randy Gallo, a well-known handicapping contest player and the owner of Bettor Racing OTB, an off-track betting parlor in Sioux Falls, S.D., had one of the winning tickets.

Gallo, 54, a native of Massachusetts, has has avidly chased Pick 6 carryovers all over the country since the mid 1970s. On Feb 7, 1998, he opened Bettor Racing OTB, an off-track betting parlor that annually hosts the "Midwest Classic," a popular handicapping contest. Gallo has also been a two-time national handicapping contest qualifier.

"I basically do this for a living," said Gallo on his way to Gulfstream Park early Sunday afternoon. "I take a look at all the carryovers over the country and will play, depending on how much activity each is getting. I usually put a lot of money up.

"The card was tough on Saturday. Things went the right way."

Heading into the final race on the card, five of 12 horses were not covered on any live tickets.

The previous record pay out at NYRA was a $767,998 pick six return on April 9, 1990.

A four-day carryover of more than $760,000 pushed the pick six pool to a record $2.63 million Saturday.

The winning tickets were bought in Southern California and St. Kitts in the British West Indies.

Because arctic temperatures and snow cancelled racing at Aqueduct on Thursday and Friday, the New York Racing Association opted to add a race to make Saturday's a 10-race card.

Coined for Success started things off in Saturday's fifth race by returning $18.60. Next came Hornshope ($11.60), followed by Our Tune ($25), A One Rocket ($14.60), Affectionately Handicap winner Austin's Mom ($25) and Hot As A Pistol ($14.80) to complete the sequence (8-10-6-3-6-10).

By comparison, the top payoffs in California were $1,562,818.60 at Del Mar on August 1, 2003; $1,020,221.20 at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet on Oct. 19, 1994; and $774,014 at Hollywood Park on June 27, 1997.

There were 104 tickets containing five of six winners, good for a pay out of $4,742 apiece.