Early Pick 5 carryover of $265K set for Saturday at Aqueduct
by Brian Bohl
The Early Pick 5, covering the first five races of every card at NYRA tracks, went unsolved on Friday, resulting in a carryover of $265,042.64 when live racing resumes on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Multiple big-priced winners on Thursday’s eight-race card helped start the action at the Big A, with 73-1 longshot Gratto Swing kicking the day off with a half-length victory in Race 1. The Edmund Pringle trainee outkicked Me ‘n Sap to win the six-furlong maiden sprint, returning $148.50 on a $2 win wager.
Ridden by Benjamin Hernandez, the payout was the highest of the Aqueduct winter meet on its 16th day. Brandolino returned $120 for winning Race 2 on December 11, marking the meet’s previous highest payout.
Flashndynamite, off at 7-1, won a one-mile allowance tilt in Race 2, paying $16. Trained by Michael Moore and piloted by meet-leading rider Kendrick Carmouche, Flashndynamite rallied from fourth to outkick Kansas Kis.
Reed Kan paid $5.50 for toping a five-horse field in Race 3. Conditioned by Mertkan Kantarmaci, Reed Kan saw Hernandez notch his second win, capturing the six-furlong claiming race.
Baba, off at odds of 26-1 in the one-mile maiden contest in Race 4, paid $54, edging 3-1 Coal Shaft by a head to win for trainer Tom Albertrani. Jorge Vargas, Jr. was the victorious jockey in leading Baba for her first win in five career starts.
Jackie Milton, a 4-1 selection, capped the Early Pick 5 with her victory in the seven-furlong claiming race. Trained by Wayne Potts and ridden by Pablo Morales, Jackie Milton returned $10.20.
Saturday’s Early Pick 5 will begin with the opening race with a post time of 12:20 p.m.
NYRA Bets is the official wagering platform of Aqueduct Racetrack, and the best way to bet every race of the winter meet. Available to horseplayers nationwide, the NYRA Bets app is available for download today on iOS and Android at www.NYRABets.com.