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Oct 4, 2020
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Mandatory payout of Empire 6 set for Jockey Club Gold Cup Day on October 10

by Keith McCalmont



The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the Saturday, October 10 Jockey Club Gold Cup Day card will feature a mandatory payout of the Empire 6, which boasts a jackpot of $305,991 heading into Sunday's 10-race card at Belmont Park.

Live coverage of all the races in the sequence will be available with America's Day at the Races on FOX Sports and MSG+. Free Equibase-provided past performances will be available for races that are part of the America's Day at the Races broadcast and can be accessed at https://www.nyra.com/belmont/racing/tv-schedule.

The lucrative October 10 card features five graded stakes including a quartet of Grade 1 Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" events headlined by the $250,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup, a 1 ¼-mile test for 3-year-olds and up offering a berth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic.

The stakes-laden card includes the Grade 1, $250,000 Champagne, won last year by eventual Belmont Stakes and Runhappy Travers hero Tiz the Law, at one-mile for 2-year-olds providing a spot in the starting gate for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Also featured is the Grade 1, $250,000 Flower Bowl at 10-furlongs for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up with a berth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf on the line.

A great day of racing at beautiful Belmont Park is bolstered by the Grade 1, $250,000 Frizette, a one-turn mile for juvenile fillies offering a berth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies; and the Grade 2, $150,000 Sands Point for sophomore fillies at one mile on the turf. 

The Empire 6 requires the bettor to select the first-place finisher of the final six races of the card. On non-mandatory payout days, if one unique ticket exists, then 100 percent of the net pool, plus the jackpot carryover if applicable, will be paid to the winner. If there is no unique wager selecting the first-place finisher in all six races, then 75 percent of the day's net pool will be distributed to those who selected the first-place finisher in the greatest number of races. The remainder will be added into the jackpot and carried to the next day's Empire 6.

For more information on the Empire 6, please visit http://www.nyrabets.com.


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