At Turfway, Bets Close When First Horse Enters Gate

from Turfway Park

Turfway Park, which began implementing measures designed to improve wagering security and increase customer confidence in mid-November, will adopt new wagering policies beginning Dec. 1, opening day of its holiday meet.

As part of the new procedures, Turfway will close wagering as soon as the first horse enters the starting gate. In the past, wagers were taken until the gates opened.

"It is important that we take these proactive measures to reassure the wagering public that we are committed to protecting them and the integrity of Thoroughbred racing," Turfway president Bob Elliston said. "We are confident that we will have the support of our patrons as we take these steps to improve wagering security."

Three security measures announced by the NTRA's Wagering Technology working group already have been implemented at Turfway. They include software to scan all wagering pools associated with multi-race wagers, software to record wagers made via telephone, and having racing organizations review winning wagers that involve multiple legs.

Any wager deemed irregular or otherwise questionable will be thoroughly reviewed with supporting detail provided by the tote company or companies associated with the host track.

The holiday meet runs through Dec. 31 with live racing Wednesdays through Sundays. Post times are 5:30 p.m. EST on weeknights, and 1:10 p.m. on weekends. There will be a special holiday first post time of 1:10 p.m. Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, when the winter-spring meet commences.