Bay Meadows Offers 'Triple Play' Series

Bay Meadows will conduct a three-race event in March with significant purse rewards.

From the Thoroughbred Owners of California

Bay Meadows Racing Association will conduct a new three-race event in March called the Triple Play Race Series, which consists of a $10,000 claiming race followed by two starter races.

The series will feature “supercharged” purses of $18,000, $20,000, and an estimated $62,000 for legs one, two,and three respectively. Horses must run in each leg to be eligible for the succeeding legs. Entries close March 13.

The first leg of the series, an open $10,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles, will be run March 16. A one-time starter fee of $300 is due at the time of entry.

Horses claimed from this race will remain eligible for the series provided they are starters in the second leg, which will be an April 13 starter allowance at 1 1/8 miles. The final leg will be a starter allowance at 1 1/4 miles May 10. All races will be on the main track.

First through fifth-place finishers in the first two legs will accumulate points that will be used to determine the starters in the final leg, should it overfill.

“I’m excited to have this series, as it will be fun for all involved,” said Bob Bone, director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Bone originally proposed the idea for the three-race event. “It has been said that the claiming game is like playing high-stakes poker. This series is just that.

"In the first leg, some will be ‘bluffing,’ and some will ‘hold the aces.’ It will be fun for claiming owners and trainers to try and figure out which is which. I hope it is successful, so in the future we can do more series at different distances, on different surfaces, and for both the boys and girls. I think it would be great to do it in Southern California as well at a higher claiming level.”

For further information and full details on the Triple Play Race Series, contact the Bay Meadows racing office at (650) 573-4600.