Day At The Track

Big weekend for Strategic Wagering Program

02:48 AM 15 Sep 2018 NZST
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As the harness racing stakes season turns for home, there is great excitement leading into many of the sports premiere events.

This weekend, there is a plethora of guaranteed pools offered by the Strategic Wagering arm of the USTA that is certain to create added interest in these events. Guaranteed pools, big carryovers and great stakes action are certain to not only increase interest in these pools but will also increase interest in the events themselves.

Saturday, September 15th


All stakes $100,000 guaranteed Pick Five pool (races 8 thru 12 )

Carryover $41,769  Mandatory payout  20% takeout  20 cent minimum

First post 6 pm

Central Minnesota Night of Champions


$20,000 guaranteed Pick Four pool (races 10 thru 13)

15% takeout  50 cent minimum

First post. 7:10 central

Night of Champions Final leg of qualifying

Sunday, September 16th


All Stakes $10,000 guaranteed pick 8 pool ( races 3 thru 10 )

20 cent minimum   Mandatory payout   15% takeout

$2,000,000 in purses The Pick 8 consists of eight $250,000 KYSS Finals.

Also offering: All Stakes $5,000 guaranteed Pick Four pool ( races 7 thru 10 )

Special first post 3pm Eastern


First day of five day racing festival

$5,000 guaranteed pick four pool ( races tba)

15% takeout

First post 1pm Eastern


$30,000 Guaranteed Pick four pool (races 6 thru 9 )

15% takeout  50 cent minimum

First post 7:15 central

Night of Champions final leg of qualifying

Strategic Wagering is proud to partner with these racetracks to offer higher guaranteed pools. We have not only seen the Meadowlands break the $100,000 plateau on a regular basis with their pick four pools in 2018, we have seen Pompano, Hawthorne and Cal Expo each break thru the $50,000 barrier with their guaranteed pick four pools with no carryover.

These guarantees, combined with low takeout, the new tax laws on withholding and free program pages courtesy of Track Master have resulted in these pools growing rapidly.

The ultimate goal is to get the popularity of the event to grow rapidly in popularity with them. We wish our friends at Woodbine Mohawk Park the best of luck this Saturday as they present a fabulous card with over $2,000,000 in purses. They will offer two $50,000 guaranteed pools and the finals of the Canadian Trotting Classic, the William Wellwood, the Peaceful Way and the Elegant Image, featuring a rematch between the two top rated horses in the sport, #1 Atlanta vs. #2 Manchego.

As we move on to the Little Brown Jug, The Red Mile Grand Circuit, The Breeders Crown, the Final Four and the TVG, we hope to make our premiere events must see and must play events. Free program pages along with a schedule of Strategic Wagering events can be downloaded for free on the handicapping tab at

by Mike Antoniades, for the Strategic Wagering Committee

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