Where's The Cash? Win Money Scarce at Track

In a pari-mutuel oddity, no money was wagered to win on either of the first two finishers in a five-horse field at Thunder Ridge Raceway in eastern Kentucky. In fact, 17 of the 43 pacers that competed on the seven-race program at the harness track drew no win money.

In the $2,900 featured event Nov. 11, no win tickets were sold on Town Watch and Somekinda Notion, the one-two finishers. E-mail, dismissed at 5 cents on the dollar, checked in third.

Earlier on the program, the last three finishers in a five-horse field in the first race drew no win action in the pool. In the fourth and fifth races, four of the seven horses in each field had an "NTS" line -- no tickets sold -- in the odds column on the official United States Trotting Association charts.

Thunder Ridge, located in a sparsely populated area about two hours east of Lexington, doesn't export its signal, so pools are quite small. It serves primarily as a full-card simulcasting parlor year-round.