Saturday’s cross-country Pick 5 features Belmont, Churchill

Saturday’s cross-country Pick 5 features Belmont, Churchill
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The New York Racing Association will host a cross-country Pick 5 on Saturday featuring races from Belmont Park and Churchill Downs.

The cross-country Pick 5 requires bettors to pick the winner of five select races from tracks across the country. The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents.

Entries and results: Belmont Park | Churchill Downs

Wagering on the cross-country Pick 5 is available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across the country with each week featuring a mandatory payout of the net pool. The Cross Country Pick 5, with a 15 percent takeout, offers sequences with races from Belmont Park and partner tracks across the country.

Saturday’s sequence kicks off in race 9 from Churchill Downs at 4:55 p.m. EDT as a field of nine sophomore fillies sprint six furlongs over the main track in an optional-claimer topped by debut maiden winner Fogo Island.

Trained by Paulo Lobo, the Speightstown dark bay rallied from seventh to graduate by 1 3/4 lengths in a six-furlong sprint over the Turfway Park synthetic March 31. She will be tested by the Andrew McKeever-trained Charriere, who earned a co-field-best 80 Beyer Speed Figure in her second-out graduation over next-out runner-ups Blame Day and Lady Dreamer in January at Fair Grounds, and the well-bred Daniel Leitch trainee Zapple, who is out of the multiple stakes-winning Empire Maker mare Miss Red Delicious, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Lady Apple.

Action switches to Belmont for the second leg, race 9 at 5:!2 p.m., as a field of seven 3-year-olds and up test their stamina over 11 furlongs on the inner turf led by a pair from trainer Mike Maker in Inflation Adjusted and Fighter in the Win.

Inflation Adjusted, a 4-year-old Hard Spun colt, boasts a record of 12: 4-2-2 that includes a pair of 1 1/16-mile turf scores in October at Belmont at the Big A, while Fighter in the Win, a Creative Cause 4-year-old, will try for his first turf win in his sixth attempt. Opposition will be provided by New York-bred veterans Danzigwiththestars for conditioner Dominick Schettino and multiple stakes-winner Hold the Salsa for trainer Lisa Lugovich.

The middle leg returns to Churchill Downs for the $225,000 Keertana, race 10, 5:26 p.m., a 12-furlong turf marathon for older fillies and mares led by graded-stakes winner Sparkle Blue for trainer Graham Motion.

The 4-year-old daughter of Hard Spun won the 1 1/16-mile Valley View (G3) in October at Keeneland before finishing a close third in the 10-furlong American Oaks (G1) in December at Santa Anita. She enters from a sixth-place finish in her seasonal debut in the nine-furlong Modesty (G3) on May 5 at Churchill.

The graded-stakes placed Miss Yearwood, a good third in the 11-furlong Jockey Club Oaks Invitational (G3) in September at Belmont at the Big A, has made her last two starts at this distance including an allowance score last out at Keeneland for trainer Ian Wilkes. Sinfiltre, trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, has won her last two starts, including a 12-furlong allowance score last out on April 16 over the Keeneland green.

The penultimate leg returns to Belmont for race 10 at 5:44 p.m., with an overflow field of New York-bred fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs over the Widener turf course in a competitive maiden special weight.

The Christophe Clement-trained Loon Cry has hit the board in all three career starts, including a close second in a six-furlong turf sprint in April at Aqueduct. Autumn will look to make amends for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey after clipping heels and falling at odds of 4-1 on debut in the same April race as Loon Cry. The Joe Sharp-trained first-time starter Three Cups Full, by Pioneerof the Nile, is out of the multiple graded-stakes winning New York-bred mare Flipcup, who posted wins on dirt and synthetic as well as hitting the board six times in turf tests.

The sequence closes out at Churchill in race 11 at 5:58 p.m. with a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight over the main track for 3-year-olds and up that drew a field of 11 featuring the Rodolphe Brisset-trained Mullikin.

The Violence dark bay, a $500,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase, has finished second in both starts and earned a 93 Beyer last out traveling seven furlongs at Keeneland. A pair of first-time starters are likely to attract attention including the Lobo-trained Cusp, a $725,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale purchase who is a half-brother to multiple graded-stakes winner Travel Column; and Brad Cox-trained Paddington, by Curlin, out of the multiple graded-stakes placed Pulpit mare Sea Island, who is a full-sister to 2007 Peter Pan (G2) winner Sightseeing.

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