07/16/2013 4:38PM

Louisiana Downs: $271K carryover already in super pick five pot


Macabe’s Gold might be moving up into the allowance ranks after facing claimers, but the strength of the race he exits suggests he has landed in the right spot. The first-level allowance, Thursday’s fifth race at Louisiana Downs, is the second leg of the super pick five jackpot wager that has a $271,683 carryover pool heading into the program.

The bet, which has a 50-cent minimum, runs on the last five races each card, and if one individual ticket has the winners of the five races, the entire pool is paid to that person. If there is more than one winner, a portion of the pool gets paid out and a portion carries over to the next program. Track officials said the bet was last hit June 27.

Macabe’s Gold was third in a $12,500 claiming sprint at Louisiana Downs in his last start June 7. Since the race, the runner-up, Crimson Count, has won an optional claimer at Louisiana Downs, with a Beyer Speed Figure of 87.

“They really ran fast last time,” said Eric Heitzmann, who trains Macabe’s Gold. “If I’m not mistaken, they ran six furlongs in 1:10 and change. He ran his race. He just got beat.”

Macabe’s Gold will break from post 2.

“He’ll be close to the pace,” said Heitzmann, who has given the mount to Donnie Meche.

Also on the card, jockey Stephanie Judkins, who last rode Feb. 22, 2010, is named on All for Gold in the fourth race.

Texas tracks submit dates

Lone Star Park is seeking to extend its Thoroughbred meet a week next season in one of two schedule changes tracks submitted to the Texas Racing Commission as part of the 2014 date-requests process. Retama Park is seeking to open its Thoroughbred season a month earlier, on Sept. 5. Texas tracks had to submit date requests by Monday, and they could be considered at the agency’s meeting in August.

Lone Star is seeking a 52-date meet from April 10 through July 12, according a commission official. The track has asked to race Thursday through Sunday most weeks, dropping Sundays the final two weeks in June and the first week in July in a schedule it experimented with during the recent meet that closed July 6. The track has also asked for a 26-date meet for Quarter Horses, from Sept. 19-Nov. 15.

Retama has asked for a 26-date Thoroughbred meet, racing two days a week from Sept. 5-Nov. 29. The track has also requested a 20-date Quarter Horse season from June 6-Aug. 9.

Sam Houston has requested a 30-date meet for Thoroughbreds, from Jan. 17-March 9. A meet for Quarter Horses would follow, with 24 dates from March 20-May 11.

Two trial dates for All American

Trials for the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity for Quarter Horses will be run over two dates this year, Aug. 15 and 16. The five fastest times from each card will advance to the finale on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

The decision to spread the trials over two dates rather than the traditional single program comes on the heels of the Rainbow Futurity trials being spread over two dates for the first time, July 4-5. Handle on the 26 races run in that span averaged $58,272 per trial, compared with $40,989 per trial when 23 races were run on a single card in 2012.

“We anticipate continuing this format for all Grade 1 futurity trials in the future,” said Ruidoso official Shaun Hubbard.

◗ Pj Chick in Black, the champion Quarter Horse scheduled to run Saturday at Ruidoso Downs in the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Derby, could scratch after having a few stitches in her shoulder following a trailer accident Monday. The trailer she was traveling in near Abilene, Texas, hydroplaned and overturned and Pj Chick in Black was upside down for 30 minutes, her co-owner, Denny Bowen, told officials with Ruidoso.

◗ Arapahoe Park will increase the purse of all maiden special weights and allowances by $1,000 a race starting Friday because of an 8.9-percent increase in handle, the track announced. Purses for all claiming and trial races will be boosted by $500 each. The changes push Arapahoe’s average daily purses to $110,000 a card, up from $93,500.