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'Guarantees,' 'Winner’s Bonus' Again On Del Mar Bet Menu

Once again featuring several “guarantees” on large pools and a “winner’s bonus” for Sunday cards, Del Mar’s betting menu for the 2013 will look familiar to many racing fans. The reason for that, simply, is because it is the exact same menu the track presented in 2012.  

Racing begins at the seaside oval on Wednesday, July 17 and there will be 14 different wagers offered, starting with the traditional win, place and show and running all the way down to several five- and six-horse combination bets.

One of the most popular selections at the track – the Pick Six – will be presented once more with guaranteed pools on all racing days. The bet, which requires that fans pick the winners of the last six races on the day’s card and often results in large payoffs, will have a guaranteed pool of $125,000 on weekdays and $250,000 on weekends.

As it has for the past two years, Del Mar additionally will provide a “winner’s bonus” of $50,000 for each Sunday’s Pick Six. The bonus is for winning tickets only, so in the case of five fans holding winners for example, each would have an additional $10,000 added to their prize. If there are no winning Pick Six tickets on a Sunday program, that $50,000 bonus will be added to the “carryover” for the next racing day. However, in the case where there is already a “carryover” coming into a Sunday program, no additional bonus monies will be provided.

As it also has for the past two years, the track additionally will offer guaranteed pools on its Pick Four bet, requiring the selection of the winners for the day’s final four events. The guaranteed pool for this .50¢-minimum wager is $250,000 on weekdays and $500,000 on weekends.  

“As it has been shown directly over the past two seasons, our guarantees are important for racing fans,” said Del Mar’s executive vice president for chief marketing officer Craig Dado. “We have very large betting pools at our meet and, if you’re a serious player, Del Mar gives you two things --  liquidity and a great place to play.”

For the fifth year in a row, Del Mar will conduct a 37-day meeting, racing on a Wednesday through Sunday basis up until Wednesday, September 4. There will be one additional day added to the seven-week schedule – a holiday program on Labor Day Monday, September 2.

A bet that was instituted in 2011 – the .50¢ Player’s Pick Five – continues on the betting menu again this season. The wager requires picking the winners of the day’s first five races and will be available at a minimum price of .50¢. It carries the additional advantage of having a takeout of only 14%.

The full array of Del Mar bets is as follows: $2 win, place and show; $1 Exacta; $2 Quinella; $1 Trifecta; $2 rolling Double; $1 rolling Pick Three; $1 Superfecta (.10¢ minimum); $1 Place Pick All; $1 Super High Five; $2 Pick Six; .50¢ Player’s Pick Five, and .50¢ Pick Four. 

First post throughout the meet is normally 2 p.m.  Fridays are an exception when the track presents its “Four O’Clock Friday” programs featuring popular rock bands following the day’s last race. First post on all Fridays is 4 p.m.