Mandatory payout set for Empire 6 for Sunday, June 21
by Brian Bohl
Sunday's nine-race card at Belmont Park will feature a mandatory payout of the Empire 6, which boasts a jackpot of $154,928 heading into Friday's Belmont card.
Live coverage of all the races in the sequence are available with America's Day at the Races on FOX Sports and MSG+. Free Equibase-provided past performances are 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.
Following Saturday's Belmont Stakes Day card, which offers six graded stakes, highlighted by the 152nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, the action will continue at Belmont Park on Sunday.
The Empire 6 sequence will commence with Race 4 at 2:54 p.m. Eastern, a claiming race for 3-year-olds and up going one mile on the main track.
Race 5 will see a six-furlong inner turf sprint for 3-year-olds and up with an approximate post time of 3:29 p.m. In Race 6, a field of nine sophomore fillies will get their turn in a maiden claiming turf mile.
Sophomore fillies will look to sprint to success in Race 7 at 4:34 p.m., a six-furlong claiming race over Belmont's Big Sandy.
The sequence's penultimate race will be the Empire 6's lone stakes. A full field of 10 3-year-old fillies will compete over six furlongs on the inner turf in $80,000 Lady Shipman, with Race 8 going off at 5:05 p.m. Stoneway Farm's Cofactor will make both her seasonal and turf debut, entering off a six-month layoff for trainer Kelly Breen. Trainer Christophe Clement will saddle two fillies for the Lady Shipman in stakes-winner She's My Type and Notorious R B G.
A 1 1/16-mile grass route on the Widener turf featuring a full field of New York-bred maidens in the Race 9 finale at 5:36 p.m. will conclude the sequence.
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.
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