Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cal Expo - Late Action at a Good Rate

Did you know since Cal Expo opened it's 2013-2014 harness meet, horseplayers have been able to take advantage of low takeout rates and reduced minimums?

That's right.  Horseplayers have been able to play Trifectas and Pick-4 wagers in 20-cent denominations.    This move follows the success WEG Entertainment Group has had with reduced minimums in Ontario.  In California, these reduced denominations are offered only on racing at Cal-Expo, not the thoroughbred tracks in the Golden State.

In addition to the reduced minimums, Cal Expo is continuing to offer a low 16% takeout rate on the Pick-5, Pick-4 and Super High-5 wagers, while continuing to offer 10-cent minimums on the Superfecta and Super High-5.

This week, Cal Expo will be racing only on Saturday evening.  Starting November 1, racing resumes its Friday and Saturday night schedule.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Now I Get It

The following us adapted from an entry which appeared on the View From the Racetrack Grandstand blog. 

Living in New Jersey, I didn't appreciate the frustration of gamblers not being able to play their favorite track.  After all, 4NJBETS.COM was run by the state and the general rule was what the tracks and OTWs had on their calendar was what was available for the only legal ADW in New Jersey.  Why worry about what you can't control?

Then TVG came in 'to power' 4NJBETS.COM, basically making NJ's legal ADW system another flavor of TVG.  Now that I see what TVG provides and 4NJBETS.COM doesn't provide, I am beginning to understand the frustration gamblers in other states deal with and why many of them have multiple wagering accounts to play their favorite tracks.  To be honest, the situation may be worse because my interest falls more into 'blue collar racing', wagering on minor league tracks.  So far, this is what I have observed.

  • Gold Cup and Saucer card at Charlottetown not carried.this year after being available for two years.
  • Delaware County Fair (Little Brown Jug).  Available for wagering at the tracks and OTWs in state but not on 4NJBETS.COM.
  • Fraiser Downs.  The regular TVG website shows wagers accepted on the British Columbia racetrack as long as you are not in New Jersey.  To be fair, it was never available in New Jersey before but I would love a West Coast harness track to play.
  • Cal Expo.  NJAW has had Cal Expo on their card for years and with a friend's horse racing last night, I went to place a bet only to find 'No Live Racing' today on Cal Expo while a friend in California is able to wager on the races.  If you were at the Meadowlands or their OTW location, you could play the Sacramento track.
 Why this transpires in New Jersey, I am not sure but I find it particularly frustrating.  After all, why can my fellow harness fans play these tracks in other states while New Jersey players are denied?  Making it worse, being 4NJBETS.COM is 'powered by TVG', why can certain tracks be shown by TVG in one state but not another?  Why can a NJ racetrack and OTW network carry a certain signal but NJ's only legal ADW not carry it?  Good questions indeed.

So those of you who find similar situations in your states or just have an ADW refuse to carry a signal you want, requiring you to have multiple accounts, I finally understand your pain and now appreciate the lunacy of it all.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Announcing Breeders Crown Handiapping Contest

The Breeders Crown, in cooperation with 1-2-3 Racing is sponsoring the 1-2-3 Breeders Crown Challenge, a free handicapping contest where the winner can earn a cool $2,000 with additional prizes being awarded for the second, third place finishers as well as the person with the most winners selected.

Enrollment in the contest is now open with selections due no later than 30 minutes prior to the first Crown event on October 19.  The contest site is

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