Big Payout for First Belmont – Penn National Thursday Pick 4

by | 09.13.2013 | 7:52am

Bettors who correctly selected winners in all four legs of the first ever Belmont – Penn National Thursday Pick 4 were rewarded with a payout of $8,358.40 based on a 50 cent winning wager.

The total pool of $59,000.50 represented the third largest Pick 4 pool involving races at Penn National – trailing only this year's Penn Mile All-Stakes Pick 4 ($199,514) and last year's Thanksgiving Eve All-Stakes Pick 4 ($70,120).

The special 50-cent minimum wager, which has a reduced 15 percent takeout, was launched today by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and Penn National Gaming, Inc., and links the final two races at Belmont Park with the first two races at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

This week's big payout was triggered early when Mewannarose won Belmont's eighth race, and the first leg of the Pick 4, at odds of 26-1, defeating even-money favorite Much Stronger by a neck. The second leg of the wager, Belmont's finale, went to Villanella, who got up in the final strides at 7-1. Penn National's half of the wager kicked off with the even-money favorite Outhaul winning an off-the-turf event, and the special Pick 4 closed out with Dimension drawing clear by 13 lengths to win at 5-1 odds.

The Belmont – Penn National Thursday Pick 4 will run every Thursday through October 24, the final week of the Belmont fall meet. The wager begins with Belmont's next-to-last race (usually race 8 or 9), and conclude with Penn National's 2nd race at approximately 6:27 p.m.

It appears on tote machines and ADWs as a separate track code titled the “BELMONTPENNPICK4.” Customers need to ask or look for this name in order to wager on the special Pick 4.

  • Hoops and Horses

    This is one of several bets of this type that need to be done. I would also look at perhaps bringing back a bet that was very popular in the mid-to-late 1980’s that was very popular at OTB in New York: The Double Exacta. When NYC OTB offered it, it usually was on whatever was the last race at a NYRA track and the first race that offered trifecta wagering (usually Race 3 or 4) at Roosevelt or Yonkers. If NYRA could get Yonkers to cooperate with them, this is a bet that could easily be offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the last race at Aqu/Bel/Saratoga and the first race at Yonkers that I think would prove to be popular as it was then.

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