01/13/2003 1:00AM

Gulfstream shortens odds cycle


Gulfstream Park has instituted a 35-second odds board cycle, the shortest of any track in the country, according to the track's director of mutuels, Ed Mackie, and Amtote officials.

Amtote officials said on Tuesday that they believed the shorter cycle will allow for a more accurate representation of the direction that odds move. Last year, Gulfstream updated the mutuel odds every 60 seconds.

This summer, when Gulfstream was not running live races, the three major U.S. tote companies reduced the cycle from 60 seconds to 45, in response to concerns about dramatic late-odds changes.