Edited NYRA Release. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will offer a pair of unique wagering opportunities on Saturday featuring graded stakes action from Saratoga Race Course, including an all graded stakes $0.20 Pick 6 in partnership with Monmouth Park and a cross-breed Cross Country Pick 5 in tandem with Meadowlands.
The $0.20 Saratoga/Monmouth Pick 6, which will feature a low 15 percent takeout and mandatory payout, will include Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford [Race 9, 5:40 p.m.], a six-furlong sprint for juveniles; and the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana [Race 10, 6:16 p.m.], a nine-furlong inner turf test for older fillies and mares from Saratoga.
FOX broadcast network (FOX) will present a special Opening Weekend show beginning at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, highlighted by the 83rd running of the Diana.
The $0.20 Saratoga/Monmouth Pick 6 Pick 6 will kick off with the Grade 3, $300,000 Monmouth Cup [Race 8, 3:29 p.m.] at nine furlongs for 3-year-olds and up; and include the Grade 3, $250,000 Molly Pitcher [Race 10, 4:38 p.m.], for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at 1 1/16-miles on the main track; the Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations [Race 11, 5:12 p.m.], an 11-furlong turf test for 3-year-olds and up; and featuring the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell [Race 12, 5:47 p.m.] at nine-furlongs for sophomores.
$0.20 Pick 6 for Saturday, July 17Leg A – Monmouth Park – Race 8, G3 Monmouth Cup, 3:29 p.m.Leg B – Monmouth Park – Race 10, G3 Molly Pitcher, 4:38 p.m.Leg C – Monmouth Park – Race 11, G1 United Nations, 5:12 p.m.Leg D – Saratoga – Race 9, G3 Sanford, 5:40 p.m.Leg E – Monmouth Park – Race 12, G1 Haskell, 5:47 p.m.Leg F – Saratoga – Race 10, G1 Diana, 6:16 p.m.
Also being offered on Saturday’s wagering menu is a cross-breed Cross Country Pick 5 in partnership with the Meadowlands, the harness racing track located in East Rutherford New Jersey.
Current New York State regulations allow NYRA to accept wagering only on standardbred races that take place in New York. As such, the cross-breed Cross Country Pick 5 will not be available on-track at Saratoga or to NYRA Bets customers located in New York State. The cross-breed Cross Country Pick 5 is available to NYRA Bets, LLC customers outside of New York State.
In addition to the Diana and Sanford, the cross-breed Cross Country Pick 5 will feature the $450,000 William Haughton Memorial [Race 7, 8:37 p.m.] for free-for-all pacers ages four and older; the $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters [Race 8, 9:05 p.m.]; and the $700,000 Meadowlands Pace [Race 9, 9:38 p.m.] for 3-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands.
The Meadowlands Pace will be broadcast live on a special edition of America’s Day at the Races on FS2 from 8-10 p.m. Eastern.
The cross-breed Cross Country Pick 5, which will have a mandatory payout, features a 15 percent takeout and $0.50 base.
Cross-breed Cross Country Pick 5 for Saturday, July 17Leg A – Saratoga – Race 9, G3 Sanford, 5:40 p.m.Leg B – Saratoga – Race 10, G1 Diana, 6:16 p.m.Leg C – Meadowlands – Race 7, William Haughton Memorial, 8:37 p.m.Leg D – Meadowlands, Race 8, Hambletonian Maturity, 9:05 p.m.Leg E – Meadowlands, Race 9, Meadowlands Pace, 9:38 p.m.
Free Equibase past performances for both sequences will be available for download at https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/cross-country-wagers.
First post at Saratoga on Saturday is 1:05 p.m. Eastern. Saratoga Live will present daily television coverage of the 40-day summer meet on FOX Sports. For the complete Saratoga Live broadcast schedule, and additional programming information, visit https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/tv-schedule.