February 20, 2020
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will partner with Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs to host a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, highlighted by the $125,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders' from Oaklawn and the $100,000 Lightning City from Tampa.
Free Equibase past performances for the Cross Country Pick 5 sequence are now available for download at https://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/racing/cross-country-wagers. The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is also available on track, on ADW platforms, and at simulcast facilities across the country. Every week will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool.
The sequence begins in Race 8 (4:15 p.m. Eastern) from Tampa Bay Downs with the five-furlong Lightning City turf sprint for fillies and mares. Drawing a full field of 14, conditioner Wesley Ward entered a pair of stakes winners in Mae Never No for Bridlewood Farm and Jo Jo Air for owners Andrew Farm and Mrs. Charlie O'Connor, each set to make their first start of the year.
The action will then switch to Aqueduct (Race 7 4:20 p.m.) for a one-mile second-level allowance for New York-breds drawing a field of eight. Playwright for owner Morris Bailey and trainer Danny Gargan will be in search of his second consecutive victory following a 3 ¾ length triumph on January 31 at the distance.
The Cross Country Pick 5 continues in Race 7 at Oaklawn (5:09 p.m.), for a competitive nine-horse second-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles. August Dawn Farm's Forty Under, winner of the 2018 Grade 3 Pilgrim on turf, will be in search of his first win on the dirt. The Jeremiah Englehart trainee will look to improve off a third-place finish on January 31 at the Hot Springs, Arkansas oval.
The penultimate leg returns to Tampa for a maiden claiming event (Race 10, 5:15 p.m.) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Agripino for owner and conditioner Jose Chavez, listed at odds of 7-2 on the morning-line, will look to break his maiden from post 8 in the 12 horse field.
Closing out the Cross Country Pick 5 is the $125,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders' from Oaklawn, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares featuring a highly-competitive 11-horse field. The graded-stakes placed Bye Bye J, trained by Hall of Fames Steve Asmussen for owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong, will make her first start of the season following a sixth-place finish in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness at Pimlico Race Course in May.
Cross Country Pick 5 - Saturday, February 20:
Leg 1 - Tampa, Race 8: $100,000 Lightning City (4:15 p.m.)
Leg 2 - Aqueduct, Race 7: Allowance (4:20 p.m.)
Leg 3 - Oaklawn, Race 7, Allowance (5:09 p.m.)
Leg 4 - Tampa, Race 10, Maiden Claiming (5:15 p.m.)
Leg 5 - Oaklawn, Race 9, $125,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders' (6:09 p.m.)