For the first time in its history, Arlington Park will offer a Place Pick 9 wager that will usually begin with each afternoon’s first race. The $1 minimum wager requires a bettor to correctly select either the first-place or second-place finisher in nine consecutive races. In the event there is no ticket sold which designates the nine official first- or second-place finishers of the Place Pick 9 races, 25% of the net pool will be distributed to the holders of the tickets that correctly pick the most races correctly, and 75% of the net Place Pick 9 pool will be carried over to the next day.
Another twist to the Arlington Park wagering lineup this season involves the High-5 wager which was introduced here last season. The High-5 wager requires a bettor to correctly select the first five finishers (in order) on a designated race. If nobody hits the wager, the entire net pool will carryover to the next scheduled High-5 race, creating the potential of a life-altering payoff because this year Arlington Park is teaming with Churchill Downs in Kentucky and Calder Race Course in Florida to create a three-track Z-Bet where the carryover will be added to the next scheduled Z-Bet regardless of which track’s Z-Bet race is up next.
For example on a typical day if Calder’s Z-Bet (High-5) results in a $10,000 carryover, that money will be carried over to Arlington Park’s Z-Bet and if nobody hits the bet there, the entire net pool plus the previous carryover will be added to Churchill Downs’ Z-Bet. If nobody hits the wager at Churchill, the entire net pool plus the previous carryover(s) would carryover to the next day’s first scheduled Z-Bet wager, regardless of track. The order of the tracks Z-Bet wagers could vary from day-to-day.
The multi-track Z-5 wager will begin Saturday, May 9. Until that time, Arlington will offer a stand-alone High-5 wager that will have a day-to-day carryover at Arlington Park should nobody correctly select the top five finishers in order. There will be a mandatory payout of the Arlington-only High-5 wager on Friday, May 8.