Bettors will treated to a new addition on the wagering menu when live racing returns to Laurel Park Friday, Sept. 13.
The Maryland Jockey Club will introduce a $2 quinella wager on Friday's ninth-race finale, a starter optional claimer for fillies and mares 3 and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on Laurel's world-class turf course, which attracted 11 entries.
A wager in which the bettor selects two horses to finish first or second in either order, the new quinella offers a 10 percent takeout. It will be the only quinella on the daily menu, offered exclusively on the last live race.
The quinella joins win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta and Super Hi-5 wagering on the menu for the final live race. The Super Hi-5 is available with seven or more betting interests.
“We feel that the quinella, a simple, classic wager that has deep roots in Thoroughbred racing, will be a fun and exciting addition to our wagering menu,” Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra said. “Many of our patrons have asked for the addition of the quinella over the past year and we want to accommodate them. We're interested to see how it will do with our great racing over the fall season.”
Friday's program will also include carryovers of $8,034.48 in the 50-cent Late Pick 5 (Races 5-9) and $3,523.58 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 (Races 4-9).
A total of 100 horses were entered Friday, an average of 11.1 horses per race. Six races are scheduled for Laurel's world-class turf course, attracting 87 entries, an average of 14.5 per race.
Saturday's 11-race program saw 112 horses entered, an average of 10.18 per race. Six races scheduled for the grass drew 71 entries, an average of 11.83 horses per race.
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