Erin Court win sparks record payout


Seventh-choice Erin Court winning the Japanese Oaks on Sunday helped produce a record payout of more than ¥146 million through the Japan Racing Association’s new WIN5 ticket.

To win the WIN5, bettors must pick the first-place horse of five races designated by the JRA that includes the feature race on the weekend.

On Sunday, when Erin Court heisted the second jewel in the filly’s Triple Crown, six bettors walked off with the payout of ¥146.85 million.

WIN5 ticket sales on this day surpassed 1.2 billion.

“It still hasn’t sunk into me yet,” said jockey Hiroki Goto, who orchestrated the shocker aboard the Kazuhide Sasada-trained Erin Court on the rain-slick surface at Tokyo Racecourse. “I’ve won Grade 1 races before but my mind has never gone blank the way it did today.

“I’m really proud of her because she was so strong in her first race at Tokyo.”