10/14/2003 11:00PM

New York changes trifecta rule

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The New York State Racing and Wagering Board passed a rule on Wednesday that will enable trifecta wagering on nearly all Thoroughbred races in the state with five-horse fields.

The rule, which will take effect on Oct. 30, will allow Thoroughbred tracks to offer trifectas on any stakes, handicap, or allowance race that has a minimum of five horses. The previous rule required a minimum of six horses in all races but graded stakes.

The rule also gives stewards the discretion to prohibit trifecta betting on a five-horse field if it "is necessary to protect the wagering public," the board said.