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Daily Pick 5 Wager New at Arlington for 2010
Arlington Park has a new multi-race wager on tap for its 2010 season, which begins on Thursday, April 29, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 26.
For the first time in its history, Arlington Park will offer a Pick 5 wager that will cover races three through seven on any card with at least nine races programmed. The $1 minimum wager requires a bettor to correctly select the winner in five consecutive races. In the event there is no ticket sold which designates the five official winners of the Pick 5 races, 20% of the net pool will be distributed to the holders of the tickets that correctly pick the most races correctly, and 80% of the net Pick 5 pool will be carried over to the next day.
Even when someone correctly picks the official winner in all five races, 20% of that day's net Pick 5 pool will be distributed to the holders of the tickets that correctly picks four winners correctly and 80% of that day's net Pick 5 pool, plus 100% of the carryover (if any), will be distributed to the holders of the tickets that correctly picked all five winners.
"We wanted to give our multi-race bettors another option without dropping either of our daily Pick 4 wagers, which have proven to be quite popular," explained Jack Lisowski, Arlington Park's director of mutuels. "The wager, while certainly makeable, should carryover often enough to ensure the possibility of large carryover pools resulting in potentially huge payoffs."
In addition to the new Pick 5 wager, Arlington Park will continue to offer two $1 Pick 4 wagers each day - with the early Pick 4 covering races 2-5 and the late Pick 4 encompassing the final four races on the card; a $1 Pick 6 generally covering the day's final six races; rolling $1 Pick 3 wagers; rolling $2 Daily Double wagers (with a $1 wheel option); and $1 Place Pick 9 wager covering the day's first nine races on all programs with at least nine races carded.
The track will also offer the standard single-race wagers - $2 win, place and show bets on every race; a $2 exacta (with $1 boxes and wheels available) on each race; a 50-cent trifecta on all races eligible under Illinois Racing Board rules; a 10-cent superfecta on all races eligible under Illinois Racing Board rules; and a $1 Super High Five wager generally on the day's final race.