Elmont, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will offer free grandstand admission at Belmont Park on opening weekend of the fall meet, Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 2011. Opening Saturday also marks the first $300,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4, which will be offered on Saturdays throughout the 2011 fall meet.
Although NYRA offers daily Pick 4's on races 2-5 and the final four races of the day, the $300,000 guarantee applies only to the Late Pick 4 on Saturdays. The Late Pick 4 is a 50 cent minimum wager in which the bettor must correctly pick the winners of the last four races on the card, usually beginning with race 7 on Belmont Saturdays.
The Late Pick 4 is a 50 cent minimum wager in which the bettor must correctly pick the winners of the last four races on the card, usually beginning with race 7 on Belmont Saturdays.
By guaranteeing the wager for $300,000, NYRA will supplement the difference if the total wagering pool for the Saturday Late Pick 4 is less than $300,000.
On Super Saturday, October 1, NYRA will offer a $500,000 Guaranteed Pick 4. Included on the day's card are five Grade 1 races: The Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Beldame, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, the Flower Bowl, and the Vosburgh.
Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York's three major tracks through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state's thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State's urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2010, more than 1.6 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totals more than $8.7 million.