05/24/2013 5:23PM

Louisiana Downs starts 50-cent pick threes

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Louisiana Downs on Friday began offering a 50-cent minimum on pick three wagers, according to track officials. The previous minimum had been $1. The track received approval for the change on Thursday from the Louisiana Racing Commission.

** Jockeys and exercise riders based at Louisiana Downs will be riding camels and ostriches in two exhibition races at the track Monday. The exotic animals will run after the third and sixth races and the events will be simulcast, said Louisiana Downs director of operations, Trent McIntosh.

** Taptowne, the Oaklawn Handicap runner-up, had been nominated to the Lone Star Park Handicap but is instead being pointed for the $250,000 Mountainview at Penn National on June 1, said his trainer, Tim Glyshaw.