Jackpot Bonus for Lucky Bettor who Wins $1 Million in Del Mar Pick 6
A few months ago, the California Horse Racing Board approved a new jackpot-style Pick 6. On Sunday at Del Mar, a lucky bettor cashed in on the $183,828 jackpot bonus after also hitting the Pick 6 for $1,041,696. Quite a payday for a bettor who purchased the winning ticket through RGS (Racing Gaming Services), a location based on St. Kitts in the West Indies.
The size of the winning ticket was not yet known, but the final furious rally down the lane by Colonel Samsen (4-1), who stormed home to victory in the ninth race, set off the massive Pick 6 payoff and bonus jackpot.
The Big Crosby Autumn Season opened last Friday, and the Sunday card started with a $203,128 carryover from two misses in the Pick 6 Friday and Saturday. The ‘new’ money that chased after the Pick 6 was $1,225,589, and one bettor hit the coveted Pick 6 prize.
The bonus jackpot pool came about in September when Del Mar became the first Southern California race track to introduce a jackpot-style Pick 6. The ‘jackpot’ is only paid if there is a single ticket with six winners.
Under the new rule, instead of the track paying 85 percent of the net Pick 6 pool to those selecting all six winners and 15 percent to consolation tickets (with five winners), 70 percent will go to the former and 15 percent of the pool will be set aside into a “jackpot.” Consolation winners will continue to split the other 15 percent.
The Pick 6 pool likely eliminated a vast majority of players when huge 1-9 favorite Enola Gray was upset in the eighth race as Chao Chom (8-1), ridden by Kent Desormeaux, overtook the favorite in the stretch to win the 7 furlong $100,000 feature Betty Grable Stakes.
The winning Pick 6 numbers were 4-10-11-3-5-2. The winning horses and jockey’s in the exotic wager were:
(4th Race) Boompa (rider Stewart Elliott) at $35; (5th Race) Eddie Haskell (Mario Gutierrez) at $12; (6th Race) Tiz Makin Memories (Jamie Theriot) at $9.20; (7th Race) Dynamic Mizzes K (Kent Desormeaux) at $20.40; (8th Race) Chao Chom (Desormeaux) at $19.80, and Colonel Samsen.
Del Mar’s 15-day Big Crosby Meet runs Thursday’s through Sunday’s until Dec. 4 with first post daily at 12:30 local PT.
Del Mar hosts the Breeders’ Cup Championships Nov. 3-4, 2017.