The first of three national pick three wagers sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association will be offered Saturday, linking the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap, the $250,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II), and the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). The wager coincides with the "NTRA Summer Racing Tour on CBS" broadcast.
Lon Star Park will serve as the wagering hub for the initial national pick three wager, with Monmouth Park and hosting the final two pick threes to be offered June 29 and July 6.
"This represents an initial effort by the NTRA to link our television inventory with our wagering product," said Ken Kirchner, senior vice president of product development for the NTRA. "We think this new bet will help to drive viewership to the CBS Sports telecasts and also offer an attractive wagering opportunity that can generate incremental handle on an array of outstanding stakes races. With the increased availability of account wagering, the link between television and wagering needs to be strengthened."
The bet has a $2 minimum wager with $1 part wheels available. The CBS one-hour broadcast begins at 5 p.m. EDT.
The June 29 wager will be comprised of the Molly Pitcher Handicap from Monmouth Park, the Mother Goose Stakes from Belmont Park, and the Arlington Classic from Arlington Park. The July 6 wagering event links Monmouth Park's United Nations Handicap, Belmont's Suburban Handicap, and the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Handicap from Arlington Park.