Updated on 09/16/2011 8:21AM

Racing that's in demand

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The Woodlands in Kansas City, Kan., will export its signal for the first time in five years Wednesday when the track opens for a 26-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet. The season runs Wednesday to Sunday to Nov. 3.

Reception to The Woodlands's signal has been solid, with 35 outlets on board for the meet, including Fair Grounds, Sam Houston, Canterbury Park, Turf Paradise, and Remington Park.

"We're expecting handle to double what it was last year," said Carl Schroll, director of mutuels for The Woodlands.

James Gartland, brought on as general manager in February, has been one of the driving forces behind getting the track's races out to more sites. And because of the broader audience this meet, a rolling pick three has been added to the wagering format, said Schroll.

The Woodlands, the only track that has two grandstands and two tracks on the same site - one for horse racing and the other for greyhounds - plans to run 10 races daily, with seven for Thoroughbreds. But on opening day the track runs six Quarter Horse trials, most of them for the $40,000-added Kansas Futurity on Oct. 13.

The Grade 2 Kansas Futurity and the $50,000-added Kansas Jackpot for Quarter Horses on Nov. 3, are the richest races of the meet. The stakes program for Thoroughbreds is highlighted by two 1 1/16-mile handicaps: the $25,000 Miss Kansas City on Oct. 20 and the $20,000 Woodlands on Nov. 3.

The $20,000 Woodlands Derby for Thoroughbreds at 1 1/16 miles is on Oct. 26.

Jockey Ken Shino, who won 41 races in a month last meet to top the standings, has returned for the new season. Trainer Kenneth Gleason is also back to defend his title against Mark Sellers, who brings a quality barn, and Charlie Hunt.

Post time is 12:30 p.m. daily until Oct. 30, when first post goes to noon. There is a special Monday card Oct. 14.

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