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AUG 1, 2019—This afternoon the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRAannounced the Whitney-Saratoga Derby Pick 6, a special two-day all-stakes wager.


It’s like this. There will be three races on Saturday’s Whitney Day card but the bet won’t be complete until Sunday’s Saratoga Derby Day has been declared official.

I don’t know; think of it as an Oaks-Derby Double… times three.

Fleshing it out, it’s a two-day Pick 6 that will have a 20-Cent minimum and also a very low takeout for this type of wager; 15 percent.

But there’s something else that will nip Jackpot 6 bettor’s arguments in the bud

There is no carryover so the takeout is what it is–meaning no hidden carryover that effectively raises takeout, the argument against Jackpot pools with its carryover provision. Accordingly, Sunday payout is mandatory.

The sequence begins with Saturday’s eighth race, the Grade 1 for 3-year-old-fillies sprinting 7 furlongs. The second leg is the storied Whitney. The final Saturday event is the De La Rose for turf fillies and mares.

[Original announcement indicated the Troy Stakes would start the sequence but NYRA issued a “correction” late Friday evening that the sequence would begin with the Test. Sorry folks–no free squares]!

Sunday’s sequence begins at 3:21 p.m. with the G3 Waya, a 12-furlong turf marathon for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. The second leg will be the inaugural $1-million Saratoga Derby, and the finale is the G2 Adirondack for juvenile fillies.

So, it’s all stakes, affordable, and with a low takeout. If you’re a Jackpot player, this is about the best deal you will see. Weather handicappers are predicting partly sunny skies for both days.

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