(Ellis Park / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
From the Ellis Park Media Team / Kevin Kerstein:
Bettors will be treated to a rare Late Pick 5 carryover of $92,036 when live racing resumes Friday at Ellis Park.
The Pick 5 carryover resulted after there were no winning tickets in Sunday’s late sequence that had winners who paid $2 mutuel prices of $123.06, $15.38, $9.40, $40.34 and $17.10. Friday’s Late Pick 5 will span Races 5-9 and begin at 1:45 p.m. (all times Central). The 50-cent based wager has a low 15% takeout.
Friday’s sequence will challenge bettors with three maiden special weight contests, an allowance race and a $16,000 maiden claimer. The bet will begin in Race 5 – a 1 1/16-mile turf maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. There were 12 fillies entered for the body of the race with four also-eligibles. Race 6 is another maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies that will be run at seven furlongs on dirt with 11 entries. A field of seven colts and geldings were entered in Race 7 – a 1 ¼-mile conditioned allowance contest on turf. The penultimate leg of the sequence is another maiden special weight contest but this time for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up. The six-furlong dirt race had a full field of 12 entries with one also-eligible. The Late Pick 5 will close in Race 9 with a maiden $16,000 claiming contest with 12 horses entered in the body and three also-eligibles.
Bettors can wager on Ellis Park at racetracks and simulcast centers throughout the country and ADWs including www.TwinSpires.com, the official wagering provider of Churchill Downs Incorporated. TwinSpires will offer a special promotion to Late Pick 5 players on Friday – a $2,000 Hit It and Split It. Players must opt in to be eligible for the promotion. More information will be available on the TwinSpires website and mobile app.
Fans are welcome to follow along the Pick 5 sequence with Ellis Park’s resident expert handicappers Joe Kristufek and Scott Shapiro on their X accounts – @JoeyDakRacing and @ScottShap34. Kristufek and Shapiro will give their thoughts and suggested Pick 5 tickets beginning Thursday.
Only six days of racing remains at Ellis Park – Friday-Sunday and Aug. 25-27. Daily first post is 11:45 a.m. For more information about racing and gaming from Ellis Park, visit www.ellisparkracing.com.