10/15/2003 12:00AM

New York changes trifecta rule


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.