09/03/2013 10:47AM

Pick four to link Belmont, Penn National races on Thursdays


Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., and Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., will offer a pick four every Thursday beginning Sept. 12 that will link the last two races on Belmont’s card with the first two races on Penn National’s card, the two tracks announced Tuesday.

The pick four will have a 50-cent minimum and a takeout of 15 percent, according to a press release, significantly lower than each track’s usual pick-four takeout. The pick four will be offered every Thursday through Oct. 24, the final Thursday card at Belmont.

Belmont also is planning on launching a 50-cent minimum pick five with a 15 percent takeout during the track’s meet, which begins Saturday. The pick five is expected to link races early in the card so as to minimize cannibalization of the pick six, which has a $2 minimum and is generally offered on the last six races on the card.

Belmont has a takeout of 24 percent for its pick fours. Penn National’s pick-four takeout is 26 percent.