by New York Racing Association Press Release
June 4, 2020
ELMONT, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will partner with Churchill Downs to host a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, June 6. The wager will include action from both Belmont Park and Churchill, with live coverage of all the races in the sequence available with America's Day at the Races on FS1 and MSG+.
Belmont will be the site of the sequence's first two races, starting with the Grade 3, $100,000 Westchester in Race 7 at 4:32 p.m. Eastern. Four-time graded stakes-winner Code of Honor will make his 2020 debut as part of an 11-horse field contesting at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Following will be the Grade 3, $100,000 Intercontinental for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up in Race 8 at 5:04 p.m. Trainer Chad Brown will send out four contenders, including Grade 1-winner Newspaperofrecord, as well as Viadera, Regal Glory and Significant Form.
Action will then switch to Churchill for Race 9 at 5:18 p.m. for an allowance race going 5 ½ furlongs on turf. The penultimate leg will then switch back to Belmont for another stakes contest in the Grade 1 $250,000 Runhappy Carter Handicap. The seven-furlong main track sprint will see 11 contenders, including Mind Control, Performer, Vekoma, Firenze Fire and Nitrous, vie for an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Sprint in November.
The Cross Country Pick 5 will conclude at Churchill with the Grade 3, $100,000 Dogwood for sophomore fillies going seven furlongs. The 10th race, with a post time of 5:50 p.m., offers eight contenders.
The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is also available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across the country. Every week will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool.
The Cross Country Pick 5 will continue each Saturday throughout the year.
Cross Country Pick 5 - Saturday, June 6:
Leg 1 - Belmont, Race 7, Grade 3 Westchester: (4:32 p.m.)
Leg 2 - Belmont, Race 8, Grade 3 Intercontinental (5:04 p.m.)
Leg 3 - Churchill, Race 9: (5:18 p.m.)
Leg 4 - Belmont, Race 9, Grade 1 Runhappy Carter (5:36 p.m.)
Leg 5 - Churchill, Race 10, Grade 3 Dogwood: (5:50 p.m.)