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Record Pick 6 Carryover Of $358,203 Headed For Mandatory Payout On Sunday If It Is Not Hit Saturday
September 07, 2018
A record Jersey Shore Pick 6 carryover of $358,203 awaits handicappers for the final weekend of Monmouth Park’s 2018 meeting, starting with Saturday’s 12-race card.
If the 20-cent base wager again fails to produce the single winning ticket required to collect the entire jackpot on Saturday there will be a mandatory payout on closing day on Sunday, when Monmouth will offer a 13-race program.
The Jersey Shore Pick 6 covers the final six races both days.
Free past performances for Sunday’s Pick 6 sequence can be found at http://www.equibase.com/content/specialwagers/monmouth/090918.cfm
Among the challenges for Saturday’s Pick 6 plungers is the $35,000 final of the Malouf Auto Group Starter Handicap Series at a mile and three-eighths on the grass, with the Jason Servis-trained Montclair looking to become a four-time winner at the meet.
Montclair, the 9-5 morning, has captured the first two legs of the Malouf Series and has revived his career since being claimed for $5,000 at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Oct. 7, 2017.
“Ron Lombardi (of Mr. Amore Stable) liked him,” said Servis. “He called me and said `this horse has gone from a $62,500 claimer to a $25,000 claimer and now he’s in for $5,000. We should get him.’
“We claimed him at the Meadowlands the day of the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. We won the (Grade 1) Champagne Stakes with Firenze Fire and then drove to the Meadowlands and claimed him for $5,000. He’s been a good horse for us.”
The 8-year-old gelded son of Mantjeu-Minaccia has six career wins and has earned $396,671 during his career. Half of his lifetime wins have come during the current Monmouth meet.
“He has really come in hand,” said Servis. “He has really found a groove now.”
The final of the Malouf Series, which has drawn a field of nine, goes as the ninth race on Saturday’s card.
First race post time for both Saturday and Sunday is 12:50 p.m.