Picking Six Has Never Been So Cheap
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
Did you watch the sneak peak of Luck, the HBO series about horse racing that premiers this weekend? One of the story lines was about a motley group of players who pool their resources to play (and win!) a large Pick 6 wager. What’s a Pick 6? It’s a wager where you must select the winner in each of six races in a sequence. Usually this is accomplished by picking several horses in each leg of the sequence, which makes the Pick 6 a pricey wager.
In honor of the premier, Gulfstream and Santa Anita Park, where Luck is filmed, are offering a special $1 minimum Pick 6 wager, which essentially amounts to half-off sale given that the minimum wager is normally $2. Most tracks will offer $1 or even $.50 minimums on other multi-race exotics, such as a the Pick 3 and Pick 4, but the Pick 6 stands alone at $2, making it a cost prohibitive play for most casual players. For example, if you wanted to select only two horses in each of the six races, your minimum bet would be $128. In fact, this is why Luck’s motley Pick 6 crew (har har) pooled their money: individually they couldn’t afford the wager but together they could.
If you, or your motley crew, have always wanted to try the Pick 6, this a great time to give it a shot! Steven Crist, publisher of the Daily Racing Form and frequent Pick 6 player, offers an Introduction to Exotic Bets in our Letter to a New Horseplayer series. He goes into detail about how to consider ticket construction to maximize coverage and minimize cost. We’ve also a got an article specifically on a technique known as Singling and Spreading, which allows you to leverage a strong opinion in one or more legs of the sequence to get better coverage where you might not have as strong of an opinion.
Once you bone up on considerations for Pick 6 play, head over to Brisnet.com and grab the free Pick 6 past performances and get to work! Of course, you should also open a wagering account if you don’t already have one. The fun kicks off with the 8th race at Gulfstream Park at approximately 4:10pm ET / 1:10pm PT.
(read in Dustin Hoffman’s Ace Bernstein voice): “Good luck”!