03/04/2006 1:00AM

Magna 5 pays only $930


The Magna 5 set records for lowest payoff, highest number of ticketholders, and largest pool of the year on Saturday, an afternoon when the bet included three graded stakes on outstanding programs at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita.

The $2 bet returned $930.60 to 568 ticketholders. The pool reached $677,580, the second-largest in the three-year history of the bet.

The previous low payoff in 2006 was $3,629 to 114 ticketholders on Feb. 18.

Saturday's winning combination included victories by two highly-regarded Kentucky Derby hopefuls - Brother Derek at Santa Anita and First Samurai at Gulfstream Park.

Saturday's winners were A Firm Bridge ($11) in an allowance race at Laurel, Dynamite Lass ($14.60) in the Grade 3 Very One Handicap at Gulfstream Park, Brother Derek ($3) in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes, Flyer Mine ($4.80) in a starter allowance at Golden Gate Fields, and First Samurai ($3.40) in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes.

First Samurai finished second to Corinthian and was promoted to first as the stewards ruled Corinthian caused interference in the stretch.

Brother Derek and First Samurai were heavy favorites, Flyer Mine was the second choice, and A Firm Bridge and Dynamite Lass were the third choices in the betting.

The $2 Magna 5 links five races run at tracks owned by Magna Entertainment. On Saturday, the five races were run in a span of approximately 45 minutes. Magna Entertainment guarantees the Magna 5 pool will reach $500,000.