Turfway Gets OK for Pick 4 Takeout Reduction
by Tom LaMarra
Date Posted: 12/15/2011 11:13:53 AM
Last Updated: 12/16/2011 9:11:45 AM

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Turfway Park received permission from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Dec. 14 to lower the pari-mutuel takeout rate on Pick 4 wagers to 14% from 22% effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The change reflects a takeout reduction of 33.6%.

Turfway offers two Pick 4 wagers on nine-, 10- and 11-race cards, and three Pick 4 bets on 12 race cards on Friday evenings.

“We decided we need to draw some attention to our Pick 4s,” Turfway president Bob Elliston said. “It has proven successful at Tampa Bay Downs, so we thought we would give it a shot.”

The Turfway holiday meet runs through Dec. 31. The three-month winter/spring meet begins the following day.

Elliston said the track will “give up a little revenue” with the reduction in takeout but hopes “to get a lot more volume” in the amount wagered into Pick 4 pools. He also said the move could draw more attention to various other “straight” wagers offered in each sequence.

“We want to get some eyes on our Pick 4s,” Elliston said. “Hopefully there will be some spillover.”

The 22% takeout rate on Pick 3 wagers remains unchanged. The minimum wager allowed on Pick 4s and Pick 3s at Turfway is 50 cents.

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