by Brian Bohl
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will continue its partnership with Oaklawn Park in hosting a Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, highlighted by the $100,000 Bernardini for 4-year-olds and up at Aqueduct Racetrack and the $100,000 Spring Fever at Oaklawn.
Saturday's sequence will begin with Race 8 the Big A at 4:50 p.m. Eastern with a seven-horse field competing in the first running of the Bernardini at 1 5/16 miles. The second leg will switch to Oaklawn for Race 7 at 5:02 p.m. before switching back to New York for the card's ninth and final race at 5:20 p.m. The final two legs of the Pick 5 will be held at Oaklawn, with the 31st running of the Spring Fever for older fillies and mares at 5:32 p.m. and the ninth race at 6:02 p.m.
All the action will be shown on FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, airing 3-6 p.m. Eastern time on FS2. The live broadcast will feature Races 5-through-9, including both legs of the Cross-Country Pick 5 races at Aqueduct, along with three stakes races at Gulfstream Park, encompassing the Grade 2 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth, the Grade 2 Davona Dale and the Grade 3 Honey Fox. Races 4-through-8, including the Spring Fever, at Oaklawn will also bolster the program.
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-Oaklawn Park Cross Country Pick 5 on Saturday, March 2:
Leg 1 - Aqueduct, Race 8: Bernardini (4:50 p.m.)
Leg 2 - Oaklawn, Race 7: (5:02 p.m.)
Leg 3 - Aqueduct, Race 9: (5:20 p.m.)
Leg 4 - Oaklawn, Race 8: Spring Fever (5:32 p.m.)
Leg 5 - Oaklawn, Race 9: (6:02 p.m.)