The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced that this Saturday, October 10th there will be a mandatory payout of the Empire-6 jackpot. The Empire-6 currently boasts a jackpot of $352,831 following Sunday’s 10-race card at Belmont Park, in which there was not a unique Winning Pick-6 ticket.
Live television coverage of all the races in the sequence will be available with America’s Day at the Races on FOX Sports and MSG+ networks.
The lucrative Saturday card at Belmont features five Graded Stakes, four of which are Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In events.
The feature race (subjective) of the day, is the Grade 1, $250,000 dollar Jockey Club Gold Cup, a 1 1/4-mile test for 3-year-olds and up, offering a berth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The stakes-laden card includes the Grade 1, $250,000 CHAMPAGNE STAKES, Won last year by eventual Belmont and Travers Stakes hero TIZ THE LAW. The race is for 2-year-olds, run at a distance of one-mile. The Winner earns a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Not to be out done is the Grade 1, $250,000 Flower Bowl Stakes at 10-furlongs for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up with a berth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf riding on the outcome.
This already great day of racing at beautiful Belmont Park is bolstered by the Grade 1, $250,000 Frizette, a one-turn mile for juvenile fillies offering a berth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
And just for fun (and money) is the Grade 2, $150,000 Sands Point for sophomore fillies at one mile on the turf.
For those unaware, the Empire-6 requires the bettor to select the 1st-place finisher of the final six races of the card.
On non-mandatory payout days, if one unique ticket exists, then 100 percent of the net pool, plus the jackpot carryover if applicable, will be paid to the Winner.
If there is no unique wager selecting the 1st-place finisher in all six races, then 75 percent of the day’s net pool will be distributed to those who selected the 1st-place finisher in the greatest number of races. The remainder is then added into the jackpot and carried to the next day’s Empire 6.
On a mandatory payout day, such as Saturday, all the money in that particular betting pool must be paid out.
For example; let’s assume there will not be a single unique Winning ticket after both Thursday and Friday cards at Belmont. So we’ll guesstimate there is a carry-over into Saturday of $500,000.
Add to that another $200,000 (probably a low estimate) wagered on the Empire-6 on Saturday. So all told, there would be a total of $700,000 in that betting pool.
One lone, unique ticket (which is rare) with all six Winners takes it all home. But there’s no need to be greedy. If say, one thousand bettors have wagered correctly, they in turn would split the prize equally. Still not a bad piece of change.