Two-day Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 launches this weekend, runs two weekends

September 28, 2021

Santa Anita and Belmont Park featured October 2-3

Keeneland and Belmont Park featured October 9-10

Free Equibase PPs available

ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will host a two-day Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 beginning Saturday, October 2 and concluding on Sunday, October 3 featuring select races from the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series presented by America’s Best Racing from Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park.

The two-day Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Pick 6 will then return on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 with races to be determined from Belmont Park and Keeneland’s Fall Stars weekend. 

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series consists of the best races from around the world and awards each winner an automatic and free entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships slated for November 5-6 at Del Mar.

“Breeders’ Cup is always looking for new ways to engage with our fans across the country and the ‘Challenge Pick 6’ is a great way to provide them an opportunity to win big surrounding some of the final Challenge Series races of the year,” said Justin McDonald, SVP Marketing at Breeders’ Cup. “Thanks to NYRA, Keeneland and Santa Anita for coming together to create these fun wagering opportunities.”

The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is $1 and will feature a low 15 percent takeout and mandatory payout of the net pool. Wagering on the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 is available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across the country. 

Free Equibase past performances for the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 sequence will be available for download.

“The two-day Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 will present horseplayers with new and interesting sequences to wager into across two weekends of world class thoroughbred racing,” said Joe Longo, General Manager, NYRA Content Management Solutions. “We thank our partners at Breeders’ Cup, Santa Anita and Keeneland for their support of this concept.”

The inaugural Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 will kick off on Saturday, October 2 at Belmont Park with the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne, a one-turn mile for 2-year-olds offering a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 5.

The Pick 6 will also feature a trio of events from Santa Anita on October 2 led by the Grade 1, $300,000 Awesome Again [Classic], a nine-furlong test for 3-year-olds and up; the Grade 1, $300,000 Rodeo Drive [Filly and Mare Turf] at 10-furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up; and the Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship [Sprint], a six-furlong event for 3-year-olds and up.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 sequence will conclude on Sunday with the 74th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette [Juvenile Fillies], a one-turn mile for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont; and the Grade 2, $200,000 Zenyatta [Distaff], a 1 1/16-mile test on the main track for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up from Santa Anita.

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