Large Kentucky Derby Pools along with Mandatory Derby Pick-6 Payout

The Highlight of a Tremendous KY Derby Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, April 23, 2021) – Large pools and a mandatory Kentucky Derby Day payout in the newly named Derby City 6 (formerly Single 6 Jackpot) highlight a spectacular wagering menu for the 38-day Spring Meet that begins Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The 20-cent Derby City 6, a jackpot wager where bettors must correctly tab the only winning combination to take down the entirety of the pool, handled more than $1.06 million in 2019. The 15-percent low takeout bet will begin Saturday and if multiple winning combinations correctly select six winners, 90 percent of the daily pool gets paid, while 10 percent will carryover to the next day. If no one correctly selects all six winners, the entirety of the day’s pool will carryover to the next day.

Along with the Derby City 6, the return of the two-day Oaks/Derby Pick 6 will also be a top wager. The $2 minimum bet (2019 handle: $479,561) spans six Grade I events across Kentucky Oaks and Derby Days. The bet begins on Oaks Day with the $500,000 La Troienne (GI) and the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI). It continues Kentucky Derby Day with the $500,000 Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery (GI), $500,000 Churchill Downs presented by Ford (GI), $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (GI) and the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI).

• DAILY DOUBLE and SUPER HIGH-5 wagers are
$1 minimum straight bets.
• On Oaks Day and Derby Day – SUPERFECTA is
a $1.00 minimum wager
• TRIFECTA, PICK-3, PICK-4 and PICK-5 wagers
are $.50 minimum straight bets
• The DERBY CITY- 6 is a $.20 minimum wager
• EXACTAS are a $2.00 minimum straight bet
with $1.00 boxes and wheels
• The special OAKS DAY/DERBY DAY PICK-6 is a
$2.00 minimum wager and will be a separate
event from the regular Oaks Day card

There will be four Pick 5 and Pick 4 wagers on Kentucky Derby Day. The third Pick 5 (2019 handle: $3,980,809) and third Pick 4 (2019 handle: $4,091,771) will feature an all-stakes sequence and culminate in the Kentucky Derby.

Superfecta wagers will once again return to a $1 minimum on Kentucky Derby and Oaks days but will be a 10-cent minimum on all other days.

For the full wagering menu and list of daily post times for KY Derby 2021.

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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