07/02/2016 9:53PM

Single Six pays $38,045 for 68 winning tickets


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bolstered by a Single Six carryover of more than $719,000 into Saturday’s closing-night program of the Churchill Downs spring meet, 68 winning 20-cent Single Six tickets returned $38,045.38 on an evening when there was a mandatory payoff in the wager.

Approximately $2.2 million in new money was bet into the Single Six – shorter than the $3 million that Rick Smith, the track’s senior director of mutuels, had estimated. But the smaller handle provided a sweeter return for winning bettors, with the carryover providing a larger stake of the total pool.

Saturday’s Single Six Jackpot winners on Races 4-9 were Show Bound ($5), Nessy ($22.40), Mutation ($7), Classic Empire ($11.40), Pretty City Dancer ($9.60), and Folded Wings ($25.40).

The Single Six at Churchill Downs, mirrored after Gulfstream Park’s popular Rainbow Six wager, typically requires a single winning ticket for the entire pool to be paid out, though closing night Saturday provided an exception with its mandatory payout to those holding tickets with the most winners.

Three winning tickets were sold at Churchill on Saturday, said Smith.

In regular circumstances, 90 percent of the day’s pool is paid out with 10 percent being added to the carryover. It has a 15 percent takeout.

Under approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, this year Churchill used half its carryover money from its unhit Kentucky Derby $2 pick six wager to seed this 20-cent Single Six pool beginning on May 13 – with the other half being used to fuel a mandatory-payoff day on the Thursday after the Kentucky Derby, May 12.

The seeded May 13 pool was not paid out until Saturday, with no single winner connecting in the days leading up to closing night.

Though the seeded-pool added interest to the Single Six that in past years had been slow to grow and garner attention, Churchill’s move received criticism among horseplayers who felt it was unfair to disperse money from one wager into another.

The Single Six on May 12 paid $679.40 after a series of favorites and secondary favorites connected.