Pick-6 Carryover Set At Belmont
$1.3 MILLION CARRYOVER SET FOR WEDNESDAY
The longshot victory by Ruler On Ice in the sloppy Belmont Stakes on Saturday night triggered a pick-six carryover of more than $1.13 million for the next day of live racing at Belmont, scheduled for Wednesday.
The carryover is the third in a row at Belmont. Going into the Saturday card, the carryover from two previous racing days in which bettors were unable to correctly select six winners was $144,003. Saturday’s pool was guaranteed for $1 million.
Bettors who selected five of six winners in the Saturday sequence were rewarded with $20,531 for each correct ticket.
Ruler On Ice paid $51.50 to win, $26 to place, and $13.60 to show. Second-place finisher Stay Thirsty, who was 16-1, paid $19.40 to place and $10.80 to show. Third-place finisher Brilliant Speed, who was 11-1, paid $7.90 to show.
Ruler On Ice’s 24-1 win and the relatively long prices of the second- and third-place finishers also propped up prices in all the exotic pools. The $2 exacta paid $928. The $2 trifecta paid $8,268. The $2 superfecta, including fourth-place finisher Nehro, paid $74,052.
The daily double linking Mission Approved, the 21-1 winner of the Manhattan, and the Belmont paid $1,988. The pick three linking those two races, plus the 12-1 winner of the Just a Game Stakes – C. S. Silk – paid $21,005. The pick four, including Justin Phillip, the 4-1 winner of the Woody Stephens, paid $142,097.
The daily double linking Friday’s Brooklyn Stakes and the Belmont paid $434. Birdrun won the Brooklyn at 7-2.
Attendance on a day with intermittent rain, overcast skies, and temperatures in the low 70's was 55,779, according to the track, the highest since 2008, when a Triple Crown was on the line. Last year's Belmont, which did not feature either the Derby or Preakness winner, attracted 45,243. In 2009, 52,186 were in attendance.
by Dave Hegarty
In a Triple Crown punctuated by surprises, Ruler On Ice scored the biggest shocker in the series, holding on for a 24-1 upset as the 2011 Triple Crown came to a close in the 143rd Belmont Stakes before 55,779 on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The race was over at the start for 5-2 favorite Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby at 20-1. He clipped heels and stumbled badly, causing jockey John Velazquez to temporarily lose his irons. Though he made a gallant effort on the far turn to get back in the race, Animal Kingdom understandably lost his punch late and finished sixth.
“It was remarkable Johnny stayed on,” said Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom’s trainer.
Shackleford, who won the Preakness as a 12-1 shot, set the pace in the Belmont, but tired to finish fifth.
Instead, a trio of longshots were the first three across the wire. Ruler On Ice beat Stay Thirsty, a 16-1 shot, by three-quarters of a length, and Brilliant Speed, who went off at 10-1, was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third. Nehro, the Kentucky Derby runner-up, was fourth. After Shackleford and Animal Kingdom came Mucho Macho Man, Santiva, Monzon, Master of Hounds, Prime Cut, and Isn’t He Perfect.
by Jay Privman
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