05/08/2012 2:48PM

Churchill Downs: Carryover of $276K in super high five

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On the vast majority of race days anywhere in America, the so-called feature race is the richest one, with exceptions granted depending on circumstance.

And after Churchill Downs goes dark for a few days after the Kentucky Derby, there always seems to be an exception granted to the first day back. In many prior years, a big pick six jackpot has been the main attraction when racing resumes post-Derby, but the pick six was hit Saturday, with each winning $2 ticket worth $675,148.

But wait – there was still a parting gift left behind by the Derby out-of-towners. With no winning tickets sold on the super high five wager on the Derby, a carryover jackpot of $276,914 awaits horseplayers when action resumes Thursday at Churchill. The super high five, a $1-minimum wager, is offered daily on the last race, which is the ninth race – and the true feature – here Thursday.

The subject race is an otherwise humdrum $8,000 claiming event with a condition of “never won two, lifetime.” From a field of 10 3-year-olds and upward, here follows a brief look at the main contenders in the seven-furlong race – although savvy players are well aware that pretty much anything can finish fifth, making the super high five a difficult play indeed.

◗ Hometown Legend (No. 1): This Jan Whitham homebred has developed a knack for finishing respectably without winning while competing at this same level all winter at Tampa Bay Downs for trainer Ian Wilkes. He might be a sage “under” key without spending the money to use him in the top slot.

◗ Sunday Missile (No. 2): There’s other speed in here (Roman Along, Laope), but he might be the fastest, especially when stretching out from 5 1/2 furlongs. Miguel Mena, who has the mount, figures to be one of the handful of jockeys to profit from the post-Derby departure of Julien Leparoux.

◗ Power Key (No. 7): This gray gelding might well have needed his latest at Keeneland, where he ran okay when apparently outclassed for $20,000. This $8,000 tag is a life’s-lowest, and jockey Leandro Goncalves might be able to work out a nice stalking trip.

◗ Valued Assets (No. 8): The 1-for-20 mark is an obvious turnoff, but he’s another one who tends to pick up small checks here and there, and he also has never been tried as low as this $8,000 level.

◗ Big Whiskey No Ice (No. 10): His form has been erratic, to be kind, but an effort to match his maiden win on the Tampa dirt in January would make him a major threat here under Calvin Borel. Plus, the Buff Bradley barn is flying high after winning the Grade 1 Humana Distaff with Groupie Doll.

For the record, the nominal Thursday feature is a $55,300, first-level allowance, which directly precedes the last race as the eighth. Neck ‘n Neck, exiting three straight graded races on the Triple Crown trail, figures to be favored for Wilkes and Goncalves.

The Thursday card starts at 12:45 p.m. Eastern, with the last race going at 4:59. The Friday card starts the track’s twilight series with 2:45 p.m. post times and paddock concerts following the races.

Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
this is a very tough race to handicap - my general disposition is to take horses with less starts in races with horses looking for a 2nd win. here's a few thoughts on he field - Hometown - has a win at the trip and has not hit the board at Churchill, Sunday Missile - is lightly raced, has speed and is 2nd off a layoff, Zak - shows poor form against better, he's lightly raced and his race 4 back would be competitive, Theodor - is a dead closer, who broke his maiden at a mile, Course - sports poor form, low figs and has never hit the board on dirt, Roman the likely pace setter, shows a bullet and could nibble, Power drops 2nd off, hot connections and only 5 starts, Valued - solid figs, 2nd off, positional speed and 20 starts says not on top, Laope - back in 9 days, 2nd off, speed drawn outside, the only horse in the field with a win on the track (in 2010), seems the likely post-time favorite and has never been beyond 6 furlongs, he's vulnerable, Big - turf to dirt, shortens up, gets Borel, drops, figs are strong with this group, showed speed in a route in his last.
john More than 1 year ago
Great article of letting the public in on a little helpful handicapping analysis. But the one thing that you forgot to mention is we have the senario of a field of 8,000 claimers, owned by probably hard working, middle-class, blue collared people that might have dove into the racing game looking to strike it rich and 9 or 10 decent jocks, that would have no problem at all losing the race coming out of the gate and then lastly, we have the wise guys, who already have this pool sewed up. as for me, I'm not getting into that ring!
Paul Bronzino More than 1 year ago
shut up cry baby and pick a winner pmb
john More than 1 year ago
Shut up crybaby? are you serious? You don't even know me, my friend. But based from that picture, it's safe to say you're not one of those jockeys. And as for picking winners, I do just fine, it just won't be in that particular race on thursday @ CD. Have a prosperous and Blessed day pmb!
Ronald George More than 1 year ago
Hey Guys, First, what does "pmb" stand for? And John, don't be so TS (thin-skinned). If a player can successfully throw out two horses, pick the exacta correctly, and wheel the remaining 6 horses behind it, the cost is $60. Lats year, almost $600,000 was added to the SH5 carryover and the payout was $21,000. The odds of the first five finishers were: 8-1, 3-1, 7-1, 17-1, 13-1. A very hittable sequence. I've hit with a $60 ticket before, as described above, and won a nice five digit payout. It can be done, and it can be hit, so both of you's, stop being PMB's. (Whatever that means.)
Ronald George More than 1 year ago
Whoops. Math error. Wheeling FIVE horses cost $60. Six horses wheeled underneath the exacta cost $120. (My $60 ticket winner was S x S x 5 x 5 x 5.) Everyone reading this, please get in on the SH5. That way, they'll be more money for me to win! : )
John Vacanti More than 1 year ago
5X5X5=125.............whooops!
DRONAGE23 More than 1 year ago
To John Vacanti...good to see your general elementary math is correct. Too bad your ability to create a budget for a parimutuel ticket is wrong....most people reading this knew what RG was referring to with "S x S x 5 x 5 x 5"....it seems that you don't......."whooops!" Looks like some factorial math lessons are in your future. And my apologies to you JV if you didn't "fully read" RG's response and really do know what he was referring to, I just can't stand one line smart remarks that hold no value to a discussion.....oh, did I just rant......whooops!
Ronald George More than 1 year ago
Hey John, While you are correct "S x S x 5 x 5 x5= $125, if you play a ticket with a sequence of "Single x Single x 5 x 5 x5" the cost is $60. The proper math calculation comes out to S X S x 5 x 4 x 3= $60. Since out of the 5 wheeled horses, they can only "hit" in one leg only. E.G. : if the 5 horses wheeled are 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, the #1 can hit in the third leg (or 4th or 5th), but (obviously) can not hit in more than one leg. The math of S x S x 5 x 5 x5= $125 would be the proper amount for a Pick 5, but not for a SH5. Sorry for the confsion.
Mooch J More than 1 year ago
Well I will have to take a stab. Even when the big boys take it down it's a big pie and they won't miss a little slice