Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.
There will be more to celebrate than just the start of Memorial Day weekend when live racing returns to historic Pimlico Race Course Friday with a trio of carryovers worth nearly $830,000.
Post time for the first of nine races is 12:40 p.m.
Maryland’s state record jackpot carryover in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 has grown to $708,857.82 after going unsolved during Pimlico’s last live program Sunday. Friday’s sequence spans Races 4-9, kicked off by a maiden claimer for horses 3, 4 and 5 sprinting six furlongs on the main track.
Friday’s feature comes in Race 8, a six-furlong, entry-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up. Favored at 7-5 in the program is Charles McGill’s Maryland homebred Cry No More, a winner of two of his last three races including a popular front-running 6 ¼-length off-the-turf restricted allowance score May 6 at Pimlico. His only loss in that span came in the mud in an open allowance April 25 at Pimlico to Heir Port, who also returns in this spot as the 8-5 second choice.
The Rainbow 6 jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 60 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 40 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.
Introduced in Maryland April 2, 2015 on opening day of Pimlico’s spring meet, the Rainbow 6 had its previous state record carryover reach $345,898.33 spanning 31 racing programs before being solved by one lucky bettor for a life-changing $399,545.94 payout April 15, 2018 at Laurel Park. The winning ticket was purchased through Maine off-track betting.
In addition to the Rainbow 6, the 50-cent Late Pick 5 will have a carryover of $115,038.40 from Sunday’s program. The popular wager gets under way in Race 5, a claiming sprint for fillies and mares 3 and up which have never won two races, scheduled for five furlongs on the grass. A field of 16 was entered, including Acadian Girl for main track only and four also-eligibles.
If a pair of six-figure carryovers aren’t enough to whet bettors’ appetites, the $1 Super Hi-5 will offer a carryover of $5,876.76 starting in Race 2, where 11 fillies and mares 3 and up are entered for the 1 1/16-mile starter-optional claimer on the grass.
Live racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Pimlico as well as a special Memorial Day holiday program Monday, May 31. With ongoing renovations to Laurel Park’s main track, the Preakness Meet at Pimlico has been extended to Sunday, June 27.
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