Calder, Laurel and Philly Park, to name three tracks, why dont you get with the program?

Do you believe, like the geniuses on the Left Coast, that its always all about handle?

All racetracks believe that handle drives everything from purses to profits. In California, they believe it to such an extent that only the hardest, most chaotic races comprise a Pick Six sequence.

Indeed, huge carryovers have proven to be good for handle and the bottom line. And given that the $2 wager plays into the monetary advantage held by syndicates or deep-pocketed individuals, we have no problem with a $2 Pick Six minimum.

Sure, some monstrous Pick Sixes have been hit on $8 tickets. Good for those winners. But those were truly lottery occurrences for a handful of lucky horseplayers. The reality is that the small tickets feed the big tickets.

So how does busting out the every-day player help the bottom line? It doesnt. Thats the beauty and advantage of fractional wagering. And theres no good reason why it isnt available in every multiple pool in America, Pick Six notwithstanding.

Its no surprise there's one bet that has proven extremely popular with horseplayers: the Dime Superfecta.

For purposes of illustration, a story. I met a friend at the Saratoga Harness simulcast last Saturday. Since my feeble brain can only handle two tracks at one time, I concentrated my play on home-circuit Aqueduct and Churchill Downs. I chose Churchill over Calder because they offered Dime Supers.

Parenthetically, its ironic that South Florida, home of the Early Bird dinner, has a track that doesnt offer 10-cent supers to their older demographic. With $1 trifectas available, why not a dime super? Seems out of touch.

Anyway, I played the wager all day. I bet 13 races, won one. I improved my starting bankroll by over 500 percent.

The point is not how smart I am. The point is that scores for very money are possible. And wouldnt that be good for lagging attendance and flat handle?

The $789 dime super payoff I collected was undeserved relative to true odds. I won by keying three horses in four super positions; first, second, third and fourth. Then I used four second-tier contenders in three in-the-money positions; second, third and fourth.

Was I lucky? Of course. The co-highest price of my three keys won at 6-1. The other two keys were a 5-2 co-favorite and a strong contender that blew out to 7-1 after holding at 3-1 for much of the betting. What probably helped the payoff--aside from a second-tier horse placing at 27-1--was the fact that my favorites had compromising outside posts at 5- furlongs.

In super-exotics, straight-pool underlays often prove exotic overlays, the case here. The superfecta paid a super generous $15,795, $789.75 for a dime. I invested a total of $7.20 in the super, another $12 worth of losing exacta saver tickets, and two $6 win bets (overlays on my personal line), cashing one.

The point is the winning ticket that combined 24 permutations cost $2.40. Ill be concentrating on tracks that offer dime supers. Perhaps, in your own best interests going forward, you might consider doing the same.