10/19/2008 11:00PM

Reinvestment yields big dividend


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Jerry Carroll said he would not have played the pick six last Friday at Keeneland if he had not noticed Thursday evening that 4 of 6 was good enough on that day's pick six.

"I had it twice Thursday," for $1,270 each, said Carroll. "So I decided I'd put it all back in on Friday."

It was another fortuitous decision for someone long known for his Midas touch. Carroll was the only winner the following day in a pick six that returned $237,019.60.

Carroll, 63, said he spent several hours Thursday night watching the Boston Red Sox launch an improbable comeback to win Game 5 in the American League Championship Series while simultaneously perusing Daily Racing Form to handicap the Friday card. He finally arrived at about $3,600 in wagers on two separate tickets, which he bought at Turfway Park, the northern Kentucky track he formerly owned.

The winning ticket, which cost exactly $2,000, used an all-all in the first two legs, the fifth and sixth races; singled odds-on Kelly's Landing in the seventh; spread five horses in the eighth, including victorious Rachel Alexandra, but only the top two finishers, Acoma and Tight Precision, in the ninth; and singled Blame in the 10th, a maiden race.

Clearly a huge variable in Carroll having the pick six all to himself was Cure for Sale, the 61-1 winner of the sixth race.

"I remember thinking Thursday night that if the Red Sox could do what they did, then anything could happen," he said. "Especially in horse racing."

Carroll, a wheeler-dealer who owned Turfway from 1986 to 1998, has been in and out of the horse business as a horse owner and bettor since selling the track to a partnership headed by Keeneland. He and his partner, psychiatrist Stan Kaplan, sold a 3-year-old named Racecar Rhapsody to Russian interests several months ago, turning a handsome profit on a $400,000 purchase.

"When I was looking to get back into the horse business, somebody said, 'You need to see a psychiatrist,' " Carroll laughed. "So I went and saw Stan and got him into the business with me."

Carroll said he watched the Friday races "pretty much by myself" in a secluded room on the fifth floor at Turfway, although he was in touch by phone with his girlfriend, Kelly, who wound up watching the last race on TVG at home, and with Carroll's son, Jamie, who works as a shift manager at the Monte Carlo casino in Las Vegas.

"Nothing quiet happens in my life," said Carroll.

Besides the winning pick six, which netted $170,274 after federal and state taxes, Carroll also had these winning wagers: 23 consolation tickets (5 of 6), worth $292.60 each; a $50 pick four that paid $57.90 for $2; and, incredibly, $500 to win on Blame, who paid $7.40.

"Somebody told me the $500 win bet was the stupidest bet ever made," said Carroll. "Maybe it was."

Acoma headed to Mrs. Revere

Acoma, winner of the Grade 3 Valley View Stakes here Friday, will run next in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes on Nov. 8 on the Churchill Downs turf course, said trainer David Carroll.

The Valley View win was the second in a graded stakes for Acoma, an extremely well-bred 3-year-old daughter of Empire Maker, following the Grade 3 Dogwood in the spring on the Churchill main track.

"We're very happy," said Carroll. "The Mrs. Revere might be back in a bit quick, but this will be the last race for her in a while. We'll give her some time, get her back in New Orleans in late January, and shoot for a big 4-year-old campaign for her."

Meanwhile, Informed Decision, the impressive winner of the Grade 2 Raven Run at seven furlongs Saturday, will be getting some time off, according to trainer Jonathan Sheppard.

"We don't want to press it," said Sheppard. "We were aiming for this race, and we don't want to be greedy."

Sheppard said he likely will try Informed Decision, by Monarchos, in two-turn races next year.

"Her pedigree and late-running style suggest she'll go longer," he said.

Fayette brings meet to an end

The final stakes of the 17-day fall meet, the $150,000 Fayette Stakes, will anchor the closing-day card. Merchant Marine and Mambo in Seattle, the third and fourth finishers behind Curlin in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, are among at least seven older horses expected in the Grade 3 Fayette.

Other probables for the 1 1/8-mile Fayette include Borobudur, Dominican, Minister's Joy, Stream Cat, and Wayzata Bay.

Keeneland will card nine live races Friday and seven Saturday, all the while coordinating their programs so as to accommodate fans wanting to focus on the Breeders' Cup simulcasts from Santa Anita. The last of seven Saturday races will be 4:45 p.m. Eastern.

Live action on the Kentucky circuit shifts Sunday to Churchill.

Young Meier coming for winter

Apprentice Brandon Meier is moving his tack from southern California to Kentucky for the fall and winter. Meier, the son of veteran jockey Randy Meier, rode with success at the summer meet at Arlington Park in Chicago before briefly trying California.

Meier plans to ride the last few days of the Keeneland meet, all of the five-week Churchill fall meet, and then stay at Turfway Park through the winter. He is named on one mount, Approvedbythemint, in the sixth race Thursday at Keeneland.

* Carryovers in both the pick six and Super High Five jackpots resulted Sunday at Keeneland after Crowd Diva won the ninth and last race at a $75 mutuel. The pick-six carryover into Wednesday is $16,573, while the Super High Five is $8,860.