10/08/2014 7:40PM

New daily double links New York, Santa Anita races


A new daily double wager linking the last race at a New York Racing Association track and a selected race at Santa Anita will debut Thursday, according to a press release issued by Santa Anita on Wednesday.

The wager, which requires a $2 minimum bet, will be called the “Belmont/Santa Anita Cross-Country Double.” The wager will be offered Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 2, the final day of the Santa Anita meet. It will include three days of racing at Aqueduct – Oct. 29, 30, and Nov. 2 – but will not be offered on either of the two Breeders’ Cup cards – Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 – which are hosted by Santa Anita.

There is no minimum guaranteed pool for the wager, and the takeout rate will be 20 percent, the rate of a daily double wager in California.

On days when NYRA conducts a nine-race card, the wager will link to the fourth race at Santa Anita, according to a NYRA official. On days when NYRA conducts 10 or 11 races, it will link to the fifth race at Santa Anita.

Those who want to play should ask mutuel tellers for the Cross-Country Daily Double. A CCDD icon is expected to be available to online players.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this new wager in conjunction with NYRA,” Tom Ludt, president of Santa Anita Park, said in the release.  “We’re confident this bet will feature large fields and offer our players good value on a consistent basis. We think this cross-country daily double will generate significant interest around the country and help create additional exposure for both of our racing programs.”

Said David O’Rourke, NYRA’s vice president of corporate development: “Our new partnership with Santa Anita and the launch of the new, cross-country double provides exciting opportunities for our horseplayers while adding additional continuity between tracks from coast to coast.” 

The wager is similar to what NYRA did with Penn National last year on Thursdays with a pick four wager linking the final two races of Belmont’s card with the first two races of that Penn National card. That wager had a 50-cent minimum wager with a 15 percent takeout.

Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
I think I read 77 different replies to this silly new wager and all 77 think it is stupid. 117% for sure the numbskulls who came up with it will conclude everyone will love it.
John More than 1 year ago
BOYCOTT..........................maybe one day they will have a forum of bettors with our opinions, not the shallow executives who know ZERO about racings culture and mindset ! Its their "suits " wake up and smell the manure !
John More than 1 year ago
It will go down in flames ! 20% take out is no bargain for the confussing hassle its going to be to bet it . Changing races daily, Ill give it two weeks ! Why not the 1st at Belmont to the 1st at Santa Anita, %14 take out ! Who is running the show (racing ) now, Larry Moe & Curly or Laurel & Hardy ?...........and we watch as racing dies in a snowball cascading down and down and down !
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
why don't they just make a pick-6 with a race from 6 different tracks and have a 30% takeout....man these bets are horrible...
Harriet Stone More than 1 year ago
The "CCDD" is going to fail. Another sad and idiotic creation.
william More than 1 year ago
as I see it, here are the biggest problems facing the game: high takeout small fields cheating trainers big odds fluctuations after the race starts
J Vette More than 1 year ago
WOW, 20% takeout, any other BARGINS you have for us ??? Is this the best you can do ???
Larry More than 1 year ago
It's a "no-play"
Jack More than 1 year ago
I don't see where this makes a lot of sense. Let's see, the last race at Belmont to the 4th or 5th Santa Anita... hmmm... who is going to risk money on a race from another track when the last race at Belmont is usually MSW or lower? Then, who can figure out what the bias might be at SA unless we can see the first 3 races? I don't quite understand this other than it might be some type of "kumbaya" or group hug to lower the East/West Coast hostility before BC?
riddick More than 1 year ago
nothing wrong with trying something new. In Cal they let you bet non-sequential races and roll it over the next race (ie win bets in Race, 2 , race 7). kinda like a double R2 and R7.
1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
Is there really a demand for this? Granted, SA has more attractive races than Penn National ever did but I wouldn't think there's a large number of us who seek out SA races during/after the Belmont card. Very different....but what do I know?