Carryovers: Horse Racing & Greyhound Carryovers

Carryovers:  What are Carryovers?

Horse racing carryover at Santa Anita Park

A carryover occurs when there is no winner in the original day’s race or races. At the end of a designated wager type – maybe a Pick 4, Pick 5 or Pick 6. All bets in the original pool are carried over (creating a “carryover”) to the next designated race. Multiple  carryovers can and do occur, which often reach several millions.  Carryover pools are a huge growth area for racing and the introduction of Jackpot Pick 6s are bets designed to encourage multiple payouts and eventually trigger a mandatory payout at the end of a race meet where horseplayers chase pools worth tens of millions of dollars.

Carryovers: Popular Bet Types

  • Pick 4/5/6Harness Racing: Pick the winners of 5 specific races. If no bettor selects all five or six winners then the money rolls over to the next day’s racing.  Watch out for some major carryovers happening at the major tracks in Southern California, like Santa Anita and Del Mar where a single day of carryover leads to pools in excess of $1m.
  • Pick 5/6 Jackpot: The same as the Pick 5 or Pick 6 wager, but here you need to be the only winning ticket with the correct combination of five or six winners to take home the jackpot.  Also known as the Rainbow Pick-6, the most famous of these currently takes place at Gulfstream Park where the largest payout in 2015 (so far) is $317,000 for a $33.60 stake!
  • Super Hi 5 Jackpot or Pentafecta: Pick the Top 5 finishers in a specific race, in order, to win the Super High Five.  This bet has become very popular with harness/standardbred racing and a huge jackpot grew to nearly $1m at Woodbine in May 2014.
DateTrackWager TypeCarryover
May 28Santa Anita ParkPick 6 Jackpot$325,423
May 28Santa Anita ParkSuper High Five$28,468
May 28Canterbury ParkPick 5 Jackpot$17,705
May 28MonmouthPick 5$22,796
May 28Golden Gate FieldsPick 6 Jackpot$27,428
May 28PimlicoSuper High Five$3,009
May 28ArlingtonSuper High Five Jackpot$4,841
May 28WoodbineSuper High Five$24,233
May 28Prairie MeadowsPick 5 Jackpot$71,132
May 28Los AlamitosPick 6$4,416
May 28Lone Star ParkPick 6 Jackpot$787
May 31Evangeline DownsSuper High Five$546
May 31Delta DownsSuper High Five$1,105
May 31Delta DownsSuper High Five$829
May 28Ruidoso Downs Tri Super$2,089
May 28Monmouth ParkPick 6 Jackpot$3,357
May 28ArlingtonPick 6 Jackpot$4,201
May 31Northlands ParkSuper High Five$2,416
May 29Finger LakesPick 5$4,055
May 31Assiniboia DownsSuper High Five$2,417
May 28Hastings RacecoursePick 6$3,279
May 29Louisiana Downs Pick 6$1,874
May 28Churchill DownsPick 6 Jackpot$1,272
May 28Presque Isle DownsPick 5$1,217