03/08/2004 12:00AM

Magna 5 has 103 winners


ARCADIA, Calif. - The $2 Magna Pick 5 returned a record low $4,657.60 to 103 ticketholders on Saturday. The bet was easier than previous weeks because of a dead heat at Gulfstream Park that included a strong favorite.

The previous low was $5,323.20 on Feb. 7. The bet returned a record high of $205,703 to two ticketholders on Feb. 28.

The Magna Pick 5 requires players to pick the winners of five races at tracks owned by Magna Entertainment. The bet is decided in slightly more than an hour.

In Saturday's second leg, the 10th race at Gulfstream Park, Megantic ($5.40) and Mutamayyaz ($3) finished in a dead heat.

The other winners were Leavn Ona Jetplan ($7.40) in the first leg, the ninth race from Laurel. Following the dead heat, the winners were Early Cotton ($21.20) in the third leg, the fifth race from Golden Gate Fields; Macward ($7.40) in the fourth leg, the sixth race from Santa Anita; and Lion Tamer ($5.20) in the final leg, the 11th race from Gulfstream Park.

Mutamayyaz, Macward and Lion Tamer were favored.

Saturday's handle of $615, 046 was the highest in the six-week history of the bet and easily surpassed the $500,000 guaranteed by Magna.