09/28/2007 12:00AM

NYRA to offer dime supers

EmailThe New York Racing Association will begin offering 10-cent superfecta wagering beginning with Sunday's card at Belmont Park. The previous minimum wager on a superfecta was $1.

The rules change was approved by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board at its most recent meeting.

"The 10-cent superfecta is the wagering innovation our fans have been asking for," said NYRA's president and CEO, Charles Hayward. "We thank the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for giving us the opportunity to provide this wagering option."

NYRA generally offers superfecta wagering on three races a day. For a race to have a superfecta, eight betting interests must leave the paddock. NYRA had planned to offer superfecta wagering on the final four races on Sunday, but since three of those races did not come up with eight betting interests, the superfectas will be offered on races 6, 7, and 11.

In a superfecta, bettors must pick the first four finishers of a race in the correct order. Lowering the minimum from $1 to 10 cents would mean that a four-horse superfecta box would cost $2.40 rather than $24.

For now, fans ontrack will be able to place 10-cent superfecta wagers only at self-service terminals. Internet wagering on the 10-cent superfecta will be available as soon as the wagering software is updated.