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The Jockey7 Wager Returns to Kentucky Downs
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018
We all go to the track ready to bet on the horses. Whether it's the traditional win, place and show bets or the more exotic options, you probably do your research on the horses and have a few that really stand out to you. But, have you ever thought it could be fun to bet on the jocks? It doesn't matter who they get the ride on, they just keep crossing the wire in first. For those players that have recognized the top jocks and wouldn't mind putting a little wager on them, Kentucky Downs in bringing back their Jockey7
The Jockey7 wager allows horseplayers to bet on the individual jockeys and their mounts over each card's last seven races. Debuted last year, this is one of the first new wager types introduced in years by any track. The Jockey7 is conducted over races 4 through 10 and will run September 6, 8, 9 and 13th at Kentucky Downs. It is on the card as Race 11, but betting will close by Race 4. The results are based on a points system for the top-four finishes and is listed as a special wagering event at the window and on the self-wagering machines.
Here's how it works. The day before the race card and after preliminary scratches, Kentucky Downs will create 13 groupings of horses, each tied to an individual jockey and a "field" betting interest. Each grouping is assigned a betting number with the final wagering fields and the Jockey7 morning line posted on the Kentucky Downs website as well as Equibase and other betting websites. Once the field is set, the points are based on the finishes of the horses involved with each betting interest, even if there is a rider change. So even if there is a rider change and the new jockey gets the win on that horse, you still get the winning points with that horse. Should a dead heat occur, the horses will split the points evenly. If there is a tie in the final points, the total $2 win, place and show payoffs for each entry in every race in the Jockey7 wager breaks the tie. In the points system, a win is worth 25 points, 12 points for second and 9 points for third and 5 points for fourth.
Kentucky Downs, America's only European style racetrack, introduced the new wager last year and were very encouraged. While there is always a learning curve, they hope that the new wager will build in popularity and encourage new and casual race fans to get involved in the betting action. Kentucky Downs is also donating a portion of their commission to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Racing action starts Saturday at Kentucky Downs so get ready for the action!
Have a great weekend!
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