The Empire 6, a jackpot-style multi-race wager replacing the traditional Pick 6, will be launched at Saratoga by The New York Racing Association, Inc. Featuring a $0.20 bet minimum and 20% takeout, the Empire 6 will be added to the wagering menu beginning Wednesday, Aug. 7 and continue through the remainder of the 2019 meet at the Spa.
If one unique ticket exists, then 100% 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% 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.
The Empire 6 will offer mandatory payout days Sunday, Aug. 18 and Monday, Sept. 2, closing day at the Spa.
“The Empire 6 provides the potential for large payouts with small bets. That makes it attractive to the everyday horseplayer,” said Tony Allevato, President of NYRA Bets. “Bettors have gravitated to this style of wager and we are pleased to be able to offer it at Saratoga along with the benefit of two mandatory payout days during the meet.”
The existing NYRA Pick 6 wager will conclude with a mandatory payout on Saratoga Derby Day, Sunday, Aug. 4.