08/06/2011 6:05PM

Sarataoga: Pick six pays $86,701 for nine correct tickets after inquiry in final leg


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – There was a wild finish to Saturday’s rich pick six at Saratoga, which came one stewards’ decision away from resulting in an approximate $780,000 carryover into Sunday’s program.

Instead, the pick six was hit, returning $86,701 to nine correct tickets. The winning sequence was 5-4-1-6-5-6. The consolation payout (5 of 6) was $318.

Bound by Humor ($11) won the last race, but not before surviving a stewards’ inquiry. Five strides from the wire, Bound by Humor, under Rajiv Maragh, came out and bumped with eventual third-place finisher Ground Force. Also, second-place finisher Wee Freudian appeared to crowd Ground Force as well. Bound by Humor won by a half-length. Wee Freudian got second by a neck over Ground Force.

The stewards immediately posted the inquiry sign, but ultimately let the result stand.

“Too close to the wire, we don’t feel it altered the outcome,” said Braulio Baeza, the NYRA steward.

Had Bound by Humor been disqualified and either Wee Freudian or Ground Force placed first, there would have been a pick-six carryover into Sunday, NYRA officials confirmed.

There was a two-day $215,398 carryover into Saturday’s card and an additional $1,017,811 was wagered into the pool.

The sequence began with fairly logical horses Silent Thunder ($14.20) and Higher Court ($3.90). But many tickets were dead after Trix in the City ($50.50) won the De La Rose Stakes as the second-longest shot in the 10-horse field.

Favorites Turbulent Descent ($3.90) and Tizway ($10.20) won the Grade 1 Test and Grade 1 Whitney, respectively, before the last race.

Prior to the last race going off, Molly’s Ship, who was the 5-2 favorite on the board, was scratched in the paddock after becoming unruly. He tossed his rider, Javier Castellano, who was thrown into the fence and was shaken up slightly. The horse was ultimately scratched, and Castellano, who had some pain in his right elbow, was eventually fine.