Racing to the Finish
Dave Bontempo counts down to the end of summer with exciting racetrack action: Saratoga to Gulfstream, Colonial Downs to Kentucky Downs. Before you bet, get the inside track from Davey B!
The last day of Saratoga’s race meet on Labor Day, Monday, September 2 requires a mandatory payout of the Empire 6. This was the wager implemented in August, featuring a $.20 bet minimum and a reasonable 20 percent takeout. The wager requires that you select the first-place finisher of the last six races.
Though that’s a daunting task, you can take a stab at the riches for a small investment. It’s worth a shot—mandatory payout days boost wagering substantially, and.
To have a realistic chance and stay within your budget, you usually have to succeed at “singling”—winning at least one race by picking just one horse. That opens the door to other races where you can pick several horses or an “all” ticket, meaning every horse in the field. It’s great action with a potentially big upside.
Saratoga concludes its final weekend in style, headlining a strong August 31 card. The Saratoga lineup includes the $750,000 Woodward Stakes, the $250,000 Glens Falls and Prioress races along with the $200,000 Saranac.
Colonial Downs in Virginia offers the $250,000 Virginia Derby, while Gulfstream in Florida has the Affirmed and Susan’s Girl Stakes, both worth $200,000.
Saratoga winds up the weekend—and its meet—with the $350,000 Spinaway on Sunday, September 1, and then the $350,000 Hopeful and $250,000 Bernard Baruch on Labor Day.
Don’t blink or you could miss an exciting cameo performance in the race circuit. Kentucky Downs unfurls a short-but-sweet five-day race meet with a purse-structure resembling a fireworks finale. The dates—August 31, September 5, September 7, September 8 and September 12 contain five high-profile, high-payout cards.
Although this track hosts one of the shortest thoroughbred horse racing meets in North America, it features more than $10 million in purses, with a nation-leading average of more than $2 million in purses per day.
This is turf majesty. This facility is home to America’s only European-style (all-turf) racecourse. Unlike other tracks, which are typically oval, the course at Kentucky Downs is kidney-shaped, featuring undulation and a unique right-hand bend.
On Saturday, Kentucky Downs features the $750,000 Tourist Mile along with the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile and $500,000 Juvenile Fillies races.