Another 'Super Track' Series Planned for April

Magna Entertainment officials, fresh off of their initial foray into team racing on March 10 at Gulfstream Park, are planning a second round of their Super Track series, possibly as soon as April in California.

"If we can come up with races that make sense we will run a series of races between Bay Meadows and Santa Anita," said Jack Liebau who oversees Magna's California operation. "Obviously, we can't run Santa Anita stakes horses against Bay Meadows (stakes horses)."

Liebau said the races could be held in mid-April, because "that's the only time the meet's overlap." He said the two Super Track races, in which Gulfstream's Miami Cruisers tied Santa Anita's Los Angeles Blaze, were "a good idea that next time will be better."

The scheduled first round of six Super Track races at Santa Anita March 3 was canceled, in part because horses were unable to make the trip from Florida. One trainer said differing medication rules in California and Florida didn't help the situation.

Though no figures were released for the point-spread wager that was offered on the Florida races, total handle in the regular pools was up more than 11% from comparable races last year.

"We are very happy with the experiment and with the wagering," Gulfstream president Scott Savin said. "It bodes well for the future of the team concept."