02/25/2006 12:00AM

Magna 5 pays off $11,171


The Magna 5 returned $11,171.60 to 41 ticket holders on Saturday, a day when the bet seemed more like a Magna 4 with a heavy favorite winning the first leg.

But 6-1 or 7-1 shots won the last three races in the sequence, boosting the payoff to the second-highest in the five weeks that the bet has been offered this year. The bet returned $29,104.20 on Feb. 11.

The $2 Magna 5 links five races run at tracks owned by Magna Entertainment. Saturday, the five races were run in approximately 45 minutes.

Saturday's winners were Sticky ($2.80) in the Maryland Racing Media Handicap at Laurel, Morning Sky ($8) in an optional claimer at Gulfstream Park, He's a Triehr ($14.80) in a maiden claimer at Santa Anita, Sky Dreams ($14.60) in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park, and Einstein ($16.40) in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Only Sticky was favored; Morning Sky was the second choice.

Saturday's Magna 5 had a pool of $587,225, the second-highest of the year and a figure that easily exceeded the $500,000 guaranteed by Magna.