Churchill Downs will offer racing fans new value in its daily wagering menu when the track launches an experiment with 50-cent minimum Pick 3 and trifecta wagers beginning with its racing program on Thursday, Nov. 19 and continuing through the end its Fall Meet on Saturday, Nov. 28.
The introduction of the 50-cent minimum wager on Pick 3 and trifecta wagers follows a warm reception by patrons to a 50-cent mimimum Pick 4 since the minimum for that wager was lowered from $1 at the start of the track’s 2009 Spring Meet. The Pick 3 requires bettors to select the winners of three consecutive races and the trifecta requires the patron to select the top three finishers in a designated race in their exact order of finish. The minimum wager on each bet had been $1.
While three Pick 4 wagers are offered during a regular 10-race program during the ongoing Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, eight Pick 3 opportunities are available during 10 races. Trifectas are offered on each race in which at least five horses start. Churchill Downs also offers a 10-cent minimum superfecta. A so-called “dime superfecta” requires bettors to select the top 4 horses in their exact order of finish.
“With the experimental reduction of the minimum wager on Pick 3 and trifecta races from $1 to 50 cents, we hope to provide a little ‘economic stimulus’ for racing fans,” said Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery. “The 50-cent minimum Pick 4 wager has been popular with our on-track patrons and simulcast players. The lower minimum bets on the Pick 3’s and trifectas should provide fans of every skill level with a greater opportunity to win and enjoy Churchill Downs races with smiles on their faces.”