According to a report on Racingbeard.com something seemed unusual regarding the exacta payoff in the seventh race at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night. The 8-3 exacta which had a 33.75-1 longshot on top of a 9.20-1 horse paid a shockingly low $85.00 while the triple paid $5,702.00 (with a 15.00-1 horse finishing third).
To give you an idea how weird this payoff was, an 8-1 exacta with the winner on top of the 1.75-1 favorite who finished seventh would have paid about $131.00 for a dollar.
Now to be fair, it should be noted that the race winner, Fort Valley AS, won the week before as a favorite but was moving up in company. The second place finisher, Elin also won the week before and moved up though the move up was not as dramatic as Fort Valley AS, so there could be something said for wagering on them, especially being they were the only two who won the week before. While a case could be made for these two horses, being three horses dropped out of the Open Handicap, and the winner moved out to the dreaded eight hole, one would have figured the exacta would have still resulted in a triple digit payout.
I'm making no accusations, as the payoff may be legitimately explained (see above), but it will be interesting to see what Yonkers Raceway and/or the NYGC will say about this race. The horseplayers which wager on Yonkers deserve a response, either an explanation that the payoff, while unusually low, is legitimate or the race is being further investigated.
But this is not just about Yonkers Raceway. Anytime an unusual payoff comes up, there should be an explanation. Silence is not acceptable as it fosters the idea that management and regulators don't care what is happening and if they don't care, why should gamblers feel comfortable wagering on the horses?