From November 27 thru December 18, Twin Spires will be offering a bonus of 17.65% of the gross pool on the late Pick 4 each Saturday night which will make up for the takeout on the wager which will result in a virtual takeout of 0%. To be eligible for the bonus, gamblers must either wager at Cal Expo or bet through a Twin Spires wagering account.
It will be interesting to see how many people will be showing up at Cal Expo those four Saturday nights to take a shot at the Pick-4 as there is no guaranteed minimum pool and it will be interesting to see how many people with Twin Spires accounts will take a stab at it as well. Unfortunately, if you don't live within reasonable distance of Sacramento or you are barred from opening a Twin Spires account, this wager doesn't offer any incentive to play other than the fact the pool may be bigger than usual.
That being said, it is a creative partnership between track and ADW to offer better wagering opportunities. One will hope that a successful trial run may induce the horsemen to offer their own bonus pay to make the wager attractive to all horseplayers interested in harness racing.