08/16/2010 12:11PM

$1 million pick 10 offered on Canadian Derby card


Northlands Park is offering a $1 million pick 10 on the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby card this Saturday. Advance wagering will be available on the pick 10 beginning 11 a.m. Mountain on Friday.

The pick 10 is similar to a lottery ticket in that you can only have a single horse in each race. Multiples will have to be made up by using more than one ticket. The cost of the bet is $2. The $1 million will only be paid out if someone has all 10 winners and will be split accordingly if there is more than one winning ticket. If there are no winners, the total amount bet on the pick 10 will be divided among the people with the most winners. Racing secretary Jason Teague is expecting a full field of 12 horses in the 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby, which will also be part of a $50,000 guaranteed pick four.

Trainer Steven Chircop said Kara’s Orientation would be flown from Toronto on Wednesday morning. Kara’s Orientation is coming off a second-place finish in the $174,000 Toronto Cup at Woodbine on July 24.

“This is the best he’s been since we’ve had him,” said Chircop.

Acting on behalf of Max Berketa and Pinnacle Racing, Chircop claimed Kara’s Orientation for $20,000 on May 16. In his first start for his new connections, he finished second in a first-level allowance race June 13 and then came back to win a $40,000 nonwinners-of-three before coming close to pulling off the upset in the Toronto Cup.

◗ Reggie Dunlop figures to be a short-priced favorite in Wednesday’s feature, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up running for a $20,000 claiming price.