04/03/2005 11:00PM

Keeneland to offer dime superfectas

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Keeneland Racecourse in will reduce the minimum bet for superfecta wagers from $1 to 10 cents beginning with the opening of its 16-day spring meet on Friday, Keeneland officials said Monday.

The reduction will make Keeneland the third Thoroughbred track to offer dime-minimum superfecta wagering, following Sam Houston Race Park in Texas and Hawthorne Racecourse in Illinois. The 10-cent minimum allows players to box, say, six horses at a cost of $36, rather than $360.

Because of variations in bet-processing technology, not every simulcast outlet has been able to accommodate 10-cent denominations of the bet, including sites in California, limiting the ability of some horseplayers to make the wagers in fractions less than a dollar. In addition, the 10-cent denominations are not available through some major account-wagering operations, including Television Games Network and Youbet.com.