by Najja Thompson
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will continue its partnership with Oaklawn Park and Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday by hosting a Cross Country Pick 5, highlighted by the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Racetrack [as part of New York's Road to the Kentucky Derby series], the Grade 2 $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby and the Grade 3, $300,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn.
Saturday's sequence will begin with Race 10 at Tampa at 4:57 p.m. Eastern with an 11-horse field competing in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at 1 1/16 miles. The second leg will move to Aqueduct for Race 10 at 5:09 p.m. for the Gotham before switching back to Tampa for the Tampa Bay Derby at 5:29 p.m. The final two legs of the Pick 5 include the $250,000 Busher Invitational from Aqueduct for 3-year-old fillies looking to earn points towards qualifying for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at 5:40 p.m. and the ninth race from Oaklawn Park, the Honeybee, at 6:09 p.m.
All the action will be shown on FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, airing 4-7 p.m. Eastern time on FS2. The live broadcast will feature Aqueduct Races 9-through-11, all legs of the Cross-Country Pick 5, along with the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park.
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. There will be a mandatory payout of the entire pool.
Aqueduct-Tampa Bay-Oaklawn Park All Graded Stakes Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, March 9:
Leg 1 - Tampa Bay Downs, Race 10: Grade 3 Florida Oaks (4:57 p.m.)
Leg 2 - Aqueduct Racetrack, Race 10: Grade 3 Gotham (5:09 p.m.)
Leg 3 - Tampa Bay Downs, Race 11: Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby (5:29 p.m.)
Leg 4 - Aqueduct, Race 11: Busher Invitational (5:40 p.m.)
Leg 5 - Oaklawn Park, Race 9: Grade 3 Honeybee (6:09 p.m.)