Ellis Park and Churchill Downs are partnering on a two-day, all-stakes wager this weekend that showcases the most important racing at each tracks within the Commonwealth.
The Bluegrass Pick 6 is a $1 wager with a low 15-percent takeout and obligatory payout. The wager begins with three stakes from Churchill Downs’ particular Arlington Million card on Saturday and concludes 130 miles away at Ellis Park with one other stakes trio on Sunday’s Ellis Park Derby program. Like different Pick 6 bets, handicappers try to have the winners of all six races in a single mixture on their ticket.
The Churchill Downs stakes are the $200,000 Girl Tak, $500,000 Beverly D. (Grade 1) and $1 million Arlington Million (G1), whereas Ellis Park’s are the $125,000 Groupie Doll, $100,000 RUNHAPPY Audubon Oaks and $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby. The Bluegrass Pick 6’s first leg would be the Beverly D., carded as Churchill Downs’ Race 5 with an approximate put up time of two:01 p.m. Central.
“That is simply one other a part of our collaboration amongst tracks to make Kentucky one of the best racing circuit within the nation,” stated Vince Gabbert, Ellis Park’s interim director of racing. “By working collectively, the Commonwealth goes to have the summer time’s most vital turf stakes exterior Saratoga on Saturday after which comply with that Sunday at Ellis Park with the summer time’s greatest day of grime stakes within the Midwest.”
The Arlington Million and its distaff counterpart the Beverly D. are being held at Churchill Downs this yr following the closure of Arlington Park in suburban Chicago. Ellis Park relinquished Saturday’s racing date to permit Churchill Downs to deliver two of the nation’s most vital grass stakes to Kentucky.
Ellis Park will conduct an eight-race card Friday then be open Saturday for the simulcasting of the Million program. Stay racing resumes with Sunday’s nine-race card that includes 5 stakes: the $125,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Juvenile, $125,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Debutante, the mile Groupie Doll, seven-furlong Audubon Oaks and mile Ellis Park Derby.
“As Ellis Park celebrates its one hundredth racing season, it is fairly cool that the Bluegrass Pick 6 interconnects two such historic tracks with a singular wager that we’re assured racing followers throughout the nation will embrace,” Gabbert stated. “That includes high-quality stakes racing, we expect the Bluegrass Pick 6 would be the weekend’s greatest wager.”