Schedule, Wagering Changes at Penn National

The Pennsylvania track will lower its takeout rate on certain wagers.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has been approved to make several schedule and wagering changes.

The changes, approved by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, include a shift in racing days each week. Beginning in September, live racing will return to a Wednesday-through-Saturday night schedule; Wednesday and Thursday cards will replace the current Monday and Tuesday night programs.

“There are a limited number of tracks running on Monday and Tuesday nights, and we tried to capture a share of the full-card bettors,” Penn National vice president of racing Mark Loewe said in a statement. “The move didn’t generate the interest we had hoped for. Penn National has a long traditional niche for fans in the latter part of the week, and we are going return to that position.”

Loewe said Tuesday racing will return in mid-October to make up for days lost this past winter.

Beginning July 1 and continuing every Friday and Saturday night in July, Penn National will offer a Pick 5 wager with a $10,000 guaranteed minimum pool on races 3-7. The minimum bet will be 50 cents, and the early Pick 4 will not be offered on those nights.

Also beginning July 1, the pari-mutuel takeout rate on the Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5 will be 25%, and the minimum bet on the Pick 3 and Pick 4 will be reduced from $1 to 50 cents.

In another change, post time for the Monday, July 4, program will move up to 5 p.m. EDT from 6 p.m.