Churchill Pick Six Finally Hit

Edited track release
After six days in which there were no perfect tickets in Churchill Downs' Pick Six wager and a frenzied seventh day of betting boosted the betting pool to more than $1.3 million, the Pick Six excitement ended on Monday as there were nine tickets that correctly selected the winners of six consecutive races.

Those perfect tickets were worth $107,879.80 out of a Pick Six pool that totaled $1,376,935 - the fourth-largest Pick Six pool since Churchill Downs started offering the wager in 1984. The pool had grown through six consecutive days during which no perfect tickets had been purchased and by Sunday the Pick Six carryover had risen to $342,497.50 -- the sixth largest carryover in track history.

The Pick Six requires a bettor to correctly select the winners of six consecutive races and is a $2 minimum wager.

Patrons at Churchill Downs and simulcast centers throughout North America pumped a record $1,034,438 into the Pick Six pool on Monday, the largest ever single-day betting total for the wager at the Louisville track. The previous single-day record was $1,027,843 wagered on May 10, 1995, when a Pick Six pool reached a record $1,655,598 on its eighth and final day.

The winners (with winning mutuel payouts) of the Pick Six races, which were races 5-10 on the track's Memorial Day holiday card, included:

5th race - #3 Bright Village ($9.00)
6th race -- #1 Chosen Chief ($47.20)
7th race -- #6 Requesto ($6.00)
8th race -- #11 Aud ($12.80)
9th race -- #6 Cuvee ($3.20)
10th race -- #11 Fickle Factor ($11.40)

Bettors who correctly selected five of the six winners received a consolation payout of $393.60. Winning tickets on the Churchill Downs Pick Six were sold at seven locations across the country, including one sold at the host track. Other locations (including total number of winning tickets) included: Las Vegas (1), Maine (3), New England (1), Penn National (1), Western Region, N.Y. (1), and the TVG (Television Games Network, 1).

Total wagering from all sources on Monday's Churchill Downs racing card was $11,832,560.