Delaware Park will experiment with an ontrack-only pari-mutuel takeout reduction from Sept. 4 through Nov. 6, closing day of the meet.
The “bonus,” as the track calls it, will be for exacta wagers only. The regular takeout rate of 19% will drop to 10% on wagers made at the Stanton, Del., facility. The standard 19% takeout rate will remain in effect for exacta wagers made at other locations.
“As an industry, we need to be creative and find more ways to enhance the ontrack experience,” Delaware Park senior vice president Michael Vild said in a statement. “We are hoping to attract more horseplayers to Delaware Park by offering the ontrack exacta bonus, and at the same time reward and encourage our loyal patrons who continue to wager on Delaware Park.
“We hope that this experiment will be successful so we can continue to offer the bonuses next year, and also possibly expand the program to include more wagers.”
Track officials, in explaining the bonus, said it will increase ontrack payouts by roughly 10%, meaning a $100 exacta return would be about $110.
Delaware Park races live Saturdays and Mondays through Wednesdays with first post time of 1:15 p.m. EDT.