Carryovers: Aqueduct's $114,442 Pick 6, Churchill's $3,612 Super High 5

November 4th, 2023

The Breeders’ Cup action at Santa Anita is dominating the Saturday headlines, but non-jackpot carryovers at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs are also worth the attention of bettors.

Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson is sharing his thoughts on the enticing prize pools:

Aqueduct: Race 5: $114,442 Pick 6 carryover (2:00 p.m. ET)

After going unsolved for two straight days, the $1 Pick 6 at Aqueduct boasts a massive $114,442 carryover for Saturday’s card.

Looking for a single to build tickets around? Check out #9 Apollo Ten (5-2) in Race 6, the Atlantic Beach S. for two-year-olds sprinting six furlongs on turf.

Apollo Ten debuted with a seventh-place finish in an incredibly deep six-furlong maiden special weight on dirt at Saratoga. The winner, Fierceness, captured yesterday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). The next two horses across the finish line, Air of Defiance and Billal, returned to win maiden races.

Apollo Ten likewise came back with a winning run. Switching to turf at Aqueduct proved to be the key, as Apollo Ten tracked the pace in a six-furlong maiden special weight before taking over to beat next-out winner #8 Irish Gent by three-quarters of a length in the sharp time of 1:08.08.

Trainer Christophe Clement wins at a 21% rate in ungraded stakes, and at an exceptional 33% rate with horses running on grass for the second time. Apollo Ten was entered in last month’s Futurity (G3), but scratched when the race was rained off the turf and downgraded to listed stakes status. The son of Violence looks like a stakes horse in the making, and the Atlantic Beach is the perfect place to prove it.

Churchill Downs: Race 3: $3,612 Super High 5 carryover (2:17 p.m. ET)

There’s a non-jackpot $3,612 Super High 5 carryover up for grabs on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The prize pool for the $1 wager is available to chase in Race 3, a $30,000 maiden claimer for fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs on dirt.

We view #7 The Princess Says (5-2) as the filly to beat. The three-year-old Chris Hartman trainee misfired in a maiden special weight on turf last month, finishing fifth, but her dirt form is strong. She’s cracked the trifecta in a couple of $30,000 maiden claiming sprints at Ellis Park and Churchill Downs, and during the spring she managed to nab third place in a $100,000 maiden claimer at Churchill.

Trainer Chris Hartman wins at a 22% rate with horses switching from turf to dirt, so expect The Princess Says to bounce back while returning to her preferred surface. In her last dirt start, she finished 4 3/4 lengths clear of #1 Aunt Jo (7-2), another logical contender in Saturday’s field. For all these reasons, The Princess Says is a compelling choice to key on top in the Super High 5.

We’ll play a ticket as follows:

  • $1 Super High 5: 7 with 1,3,4 with 1,3,4,8 with 1,2,3,4,8 with 1,2,3,4,8 ($54)

Good luck!