the Country Headlines New Wagering Menu at Calder in 2011
preparation for its 40th Anniversary Celebration Season, Calder Casino &
Race Course officials have announced the wagering menu for the Calder and
Tropical meets in 2011, highlighted by the nationally-popular Pick 5 wager with
an industry-low takeout rate of 12%. Calder’s season opener is April
“Calder’s new wagering format builds a crescendo heading into the
last five races of the card with a hallmark Pick 5 rolling into Pick 4, Pick 3,
and late double wagering,” said Calder Vice President and General Manager John
Marshall. “Most exciting is the debut of Calder’s Pick 5, today’s betting
sensation, priced 20% less than any other track in the county.
from the Horseplayers Association of America (HANA) were valuable in the
decision to price Calder’s Pick 5 better than the rest,” Marshall continued.
“The result is an exciting wagering opportunity at an industry best takeout of
12 percent. We appreciate working with HANA leadership on innovations bringing
enthusiasm to our product and look forward to future dialog.”
Pick 5 will be a 50¢ minimum wager. The pool will be apportioned with a Jackpot
Carryover (or ‘Major Pool’) and a Minor Pool, meaning that if no one correctly
selects the five official winners, 75% of the pool will carry over to the next
race day and 25% of the pool will be distributed to those who selected the first
place finisher in the second greatest number of Pick 5 races, thus creating the
possibility of large carryovers.
On each live racing day, Calder will
Win, Place, Show, Exactas, Trifectas, and Superfectas on all
Daily Doubles on the first two races and the last two
Rolling Pick 3s starting with the first race;
A Pick 4 on the last
A Pick 5 on the last five races each day – with an industry-low
takeout of 12%.
All wagers are a $1 minimum, except:
50¢ minimum on Trifectas, Pick 4, and Pick 5
continues offering valuable handicapping information via its web site and
closed-circuit television simulcast show.
and “Pedigree Profiles” of 2 year olds, and Anthony Schweiker’s “Anthony’s
Picks” are all available for free on http://www.calderracecourse.com
<http://www.calderracecourse.com/> . Schweiker and track announcer Bobby
Neuman also host the popular “Calder Today” TV show that airs at 11:30 a.m. on
live race days.
In March, Calder converted its tote system to United
Tote (a Churchill Downs Company) and introduced the latest self-service terminal
technology to the local marketplace. Bettors at Calder during the ‘simulcast
season’ have enjoyed using these state-of-the-art machines. The F-Series
terminal enhances the wagering experience for guests, including a Power Tool
feature that brings up a matrix of all exacta combinations of runners that are
available to bet on, with current-pool payouts for each. The Versa terminal has
supported wagering at the Kentucky Derby for 16 years. Its dependability, speed,
and ease of use make it a favorite with mutuel tellers and players
Calder will have a new first race post time this year, starting
each race day at 12:30 p.m. Calder hosts two consecutive meets: the 101-day
Calder Meet from April 25 to Sept. 30; and the 45-day Tropical Meet from Oct. 1
to Dec. 2, 2011. The Calder Meet offers 34 stakes worth $3,550,000 and the
Tropical Meet will feature 21 stakes totaling $2,675,000 for a combined stakes
program worth $6,225,000.
A high level of quality stakes action at
Calder has been validated again and again by world champion and Eclipse Award
contenders and winners. Performances from horses like Big Drama, Awesome
Feather, Tackleberry, and Dubai Majesty are recent examples of Calder success
stories. We invite fans to join in another exciting year of Thoroughbred racing
action at Calder!