11/06/2010 2:34PM

Breeders' Cup pick six pool worth more than $6 million


Bettors poured $5,240,640 into the pick six pool linking the last six races on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup card as they chased a first-ever carryover in the wager.

With the $817,642 carryover from Friday’s card, the pick six pool on Saturday is $6,058,282, the second-largest pick six pool ever for the Breeders’ Cup. The record for a pick six pool was set in 1998, at $6,494,193. Since that year, handle for the pick six has steadily eroded, in large part because of an expansion of the wagering menu and the preference of bettors over the past decade for pick threes and pick fours.

The pick six this year links the Turf Sprint, the Juvenile, the Mile, the Dirt Mile, the Turf, and the Classic.
On Friday, no one selected 6 of 6 in the wager, leading to the $817,642 carryover, the first time in the four-year history of a two-day Breeders’ Cup that a pick six had carried over into Saturday.

The first leg of the bet, the Turf Sprint, was won by Chamberlain Bridge, the 6-1 third choice.