Friday features Huge Stronach 5 Wager Carryover

The Stronach 5 will have a record pool Friday when the national wager with an industry-low 12-percent takeout begins with a carryover of $169,305.51.

The Stronach 5 will kick off at 4:35 p.m. with the ninth race at Laurel Park. It will be followed by a pair of turf races from Gulfstream Park and a five furlong dash from Golden Gate Fields before finishing at Santa Anita Park with an allowance optional claimer at 6 1/2- furlongs on the downhill course.

There were no winning tickets in last week’s Stronach 5 after a $140 winner at Golden Gate and an $89.20 winner at Gulfstream.

Stronach 5 past performances:

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

Leg One – Laurel Park 9th Race – (10 entries, 6 furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PT

Leg Two – Gulfstream Park 10th Race – (16 entries, 1 1/16 miles turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT

Leg Three – Gulfstream Park 11th Race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 5:42 ET, 2:42 PT

Leg Four – Golden Gate Fields 5th Race – (12 entries, 5 furlongs) 5:54 ET, 2:54 PT

Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 5th Race – (12 entries, 6 ½ furlongs turf) 6:-07 ET, 3:07 PT

The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.

For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.

The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.

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