09/18/2002 12:00AM

Thistledown: 7 and 7 format returns

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NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - The 7 and 7 racing format returned to Thistledown on Wednesday after a six-month absence and should provide a boost for the outgoing simulcast signal, as less time between races has always been popular with bettors.

Under the 7 and 7, Thistledown and one of the other two Ohio Thoroughbred tracks, Beulah Park or River Downs, each card seven races a day.

The races are presented in 18-minute intervals. There also is an early and late daily double, 11 pick three bets, and a pick four intermingled between the participating tracks.

Another advantage of the 7 and 7 is that it is easier to maintain an attractive purse structure while carding only seven races a day.