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This Week in Horse Racing

Horses are back at the track, and horse racing is one of the few sports you can reliably bet on, week after week. Here are some tips to have on hand at post time this week.

Get used to the bumpy ride.

Sports bettors in general and horse-racing gamblers in particular are becoming familiar with the on-again, off-again nature of the games. Fortunately for them, horse racing is essentially “on again.”

Stakes races and lucrative carryovers await gamblers, who can become part of the action via TwinSpires.com in most of the country.

Of importance to bettors this week:

  • Santa Anita, which returned to racing a couple weeks back, showcases the $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes on Saturday, May 30 and the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes on Sunday, May 31.
  • Churchill Downs has the $100,000 Old Forrester Mint Julep and Winning Colors stakes events on Saturday.

Pick 6

Gulfstream Park began the week with a $1.35 million carryover for its 20-cent Rainbow Pick 6. This is one of the most exciting wagering pools in the country. Bettors must pick the winners of the last six races each day, but they don’t have to wager much in order to play. As a result, the pool escalates rapidly. Seventy percent of the total is split daily among bettors who picked all six races; 30 percent becomes the carryover into the following day. The carryover itself can be half a million dollars after a weekend card. If there’s only one ticket with all six winners, that ticket captures all the money.

But don’t bet on that, pun intended. It’s nearly impossible to hit this with a single ticket.

Some thoughts on playing the Pick 6:

  • Although it’s inexpensive to play, you have to take a stand and “single” a couple of races. That means picking only one winner in that event. For other races, you might take four or five selections, or even the entire field.
  • Your hope is to survive with your “singles” pick—usually a strong favorite—and get some longshots to win the races where you picked multiple horses.

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Racing News You Can Use

Tampa Bay Downs has gained permission from Florida racing officials to extend its season a second time.

The first extension, allowing Tampa to conduct 12 racing cards throughout May, ends Saturday. The next one begins Monday, June 1. Tampa Bay will run an unusual schedule—Mondays and Wednesdays—throughout June.

Belmont Park resumes racing on Wednesday, June 3 and will take the unusual step of running the Belmont Stakes –typically the third jewel in the Triple Crown—before the Preakness and Kentucky Derby. Those races were postponed until fall, but Belmont will run its race Saturday, June 20 at 1 1/8 miles, a departure from its standard 1 1/2-mile distance.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for iGamingPlayer.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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