The New York Racing Association, Inc. will host (NYRA) Saturday’s Cross Country Pick 5 features races from Belmont Park and Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey and Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.
Equibase’s previous freebies for the Cross Country Pick 5 series are now available for download at https://www.nyra.com/belmont/racing/cross-country-wagers.
Race starts 7 العمل [4:06 p.m. Eastern] At Belmont Park, when a field of nine foals and older mares are seeking a first-level allowance victory across seven furlongs on the main track. After her break from the railroad, Juddmonte Farms’ Entreat is starting for the first time since her professional debut on September 25 at Churchill Downs for coach Chad Brown. Jeff Druon and Don Rachel’s Iaintfraidanoghost fall back in the distance after a four-length win on Feb. 28 at the Aqueduct. Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, Ghostzapper’s daughter scored a fourth ask in one mile on a muddy, sealed track.
The action moves to Woodbine Racetrack for the second leg – an optional 5½-furlong claim event on an all-weather deck. Pravin Sorenson and Thats Kindanite Wayne Oliver are chasing their first career win after finishing two runners-up as the best streak favorite with a score of 2-1. The second phase of the sequence is rated as Race 7, and has a scheduled publication time of 4:20 p.m.
The middle leg brings the action of bets to the table when Monmouth Park hosts third tier, $150,000 Salvatore Mile [Race 10, 4:28 p.m.]. The winning defender invades Kentucky’s Pirate’s Punch for coach Grant Forster, on his first start since finishing 12th in the first-class Dirt Mile Cup in November in Keeneland. John Vanelli, Cash Is King, LC Racing, Paul Braverman and Team Hanley’s Ny Traffic return to Monmouth Park after a narrow defeat last year by the First Class Haskell Invitational. Ny Traffic is trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr. , reaching his personal best Beyer Speed Figure to date when he earned a 103 when he defeated his New York counterparts by 6 lengths to cut seven furlongs at Belmont Park.
Woodbine returns to the action at a special open weight 3-year-old and climbs 1 mile over the grass in Race 8 [4:51 p.m.]. Hall of Famer Roger Atfield sends royal-born Speightstown Shirl—daughter of prolific Speightstown dad from 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl—for her fourth start after finishing second in all three previous efforts. Eclipse partners Thoroughbred and Gary Barber’s Astrological, who is the daughter of the bay Malibu Mon And half-sister to Woodbine Oaks 2018 winner Dixie Moon, she makes her career debut for Hall of Fame coach Mark Cass.
A field of 11 special weight turfgrass players closes the curtains on the sequence in the 1/16-mile event, classified as race 11 with entry at 4:58 p.m. Hall of Fame coach Todd Pletcher will release Lumino, who is the son of gold medal Out of Exotic Bloom. Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the 4-year-old Dark Bay is a half-brother of 2015 Breeders’ Cup winner Stopchargingmaria and was purchased for $2.1 million from the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Bleacher also sent in Freder of Jackpot Farm, who started his second run after finishing second on April 24 at Gulfstream Park.
The minimum bet for the multi-track and race bet is 50 cents. Cross Country Pick 5 betting is also available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across the country. Each week will include a mandatory net group payout. The Cross Country 5 selection will continue every Saturday throughout the year. For more information, visit NYRABets.com.
Cross Country Pick 5 – Saturday 12th June:
Round A: Belmont Park – Race 7 (4:06 pm)
Station B: Woodbine – Race 7 (4:20 p.m.)
Stop C: Monmouth Park – Race 10, G3, $150,000 Salvatore Mile (4:28 p.m.)
Stop D: Woodbine – Race 8 (4:51 p.m.)
Stop E: Monmouth Park – Race 11 (4:58 pm)
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