Churchill Downs: Racing week wraps up with $162,270 Single 6 carryover
The carryover pool has been steadily accumulating while bettors have vied (unsuccessfully so far) to construct the only winning ticket for a given day. Should the jackpot go unclaimed through Nov. 29—closing day of the meet—then a mandatory payout among all winning bettors will be in the offing.
In the meantime, the Single 6 continues to produce appealing payoffs on a day-to-day basis, making it well worth playing even without a mandatory dispersal on the line.
If anyone needed a reminder of how one upset winner can trigger a big payoff in the Single 6, Saturday provided a great example. For the most part, the results were straightforward—three favorites, a second choice, and a third choice all prevailed at odds of 5-1 or less.
But the sequence took a twist in the third leg, when a 10-1 shot beat the two favorites in a three-horse photo finish. This lone upset was sufficient to trigger a $0.20-cent Single 6 payoff of $6,791.58, nearly three times higher than the $2,350.63 generated by a theoretical $2 win parlay.
The Sunday sequence kicks off in Race 4, a competitive 1 1/16-mile allowance race for 2-year-olds. Only half a dozen horses have been entered, but splitting them is tricky since three of the favorites—decisive maiden winners #1 Joe Frazier (3-1), #4 Angkor (5-2), and #5 Starrininmydreams (5-2)—have never run farther than 6 1/2 furlongs.
Bourbon (G2) sixth-place finisher #2 Private Island (2-1) is an appealing alternative, considering he’s already contested a trio of two-turn races. Granted, he’s done his best running on turf, but he’s knocked heads with some quality runners, most notably beating future stakes winner Catman in a maiden race at Kentucky Downs. Plus, Private Island wasn’t disgraced in his debut sprinting on dirt, rallying late to finish fourth behind future two-time Grade 1 winner Jackie’s Warrior and the Grade 2-place Therideofalifetime.
PRIVATE ISLAND bears down on the outside to win the War Correspondant for Ian Wilkes and owners Six Column Stables, Randall Bloch, John Seiler III, and Fred Merritt. Ridden by @b_hernandezjr , they just beat @trainerMMaker’s entry on the wire. #LiveAtKyDowns #RUNHAPPYatKD pic.twitter.com/lCCS091FpU— Kentucky Downs (@KYDownsRacing) September 12, 2020
The feature race of the afternoon is Race 8, a 5-furlong allowance dash. The stakes-caliber field is absolutely packed with speed, so there might be some appeal to favoring a runner like David M. Vance S. runner-up #6 Seven Nation Army (7-2), who has shown the tractability to rate off the lead and still produce a rally.
Wrapping up the Single 6 sequence is Race 9, a $40,000 maiden claiming race for 2-year-old fillies. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint lacks a clear standout, but #7 Milana (7-2) looks capable of improving for high-percentage trainer Brad Cox. She ran an odd race in her debut dashing 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs, dropping back to trail the field around the turn before re-rallying to finish seventh of eleven. Cox strikes at a 27% rate with second-time starters and will equip Milana with blinkers on Sunday, setting the stage for a more focused performance.