While much of the attention in horse racing will be focused on Keeneland and Belmont, Suffolk Downs will be hosting their second of three planned race cards this year on Saturday afternoon starting at 12:30, and this time they will be having 15% across the board takeouts.
"We appreciate the Massachsuetts Gaming Commission working with us on the takeout reduction," Suffolk Downs chief operating officer Chip Tuttle said in the article linked above. "Historically, even when we had relatively larger field size, it's not as if we've ever had a signal that was in high demand due to the purse levels. On Saturday we'll be returning 85% (of money wagered) to the bettors, and it will be interesting to see if there is a positive response."
This takeout reduction at Suffolk is a unique opportunity for horseplayers to really get value across the board, but especially in three pools - exactas, trifectas, and superfectas. According to our chart, 15% is the lowest exacta rake by over 3% and the lowest trifecta and superfecta rate by 4%.
Field size is also strong, with an average of 9.1 starters in the 12 races, and seven of the 12 races have fields of ten or larger before scratch time.
So while we certainly understand that Keeneland and Belmont will get the bulk of the wagering dollars this weekend, we thought we would let you know about this chance to play these races at Suffolk, given the rare chance to play into some low-rake pools. Whatever you decide, best of luck with all your wagers this weekend.
Your HANA Team