LAUREL -- Four new Maryland Racing Commission rules involving the bettor went into effect yesterday, including one that concerns the carry-over of the Double Triple pool on the final day of a meeting.
That rule eliminates a special distribution of the pool money in the exotic wager, which requires a patron to pick the first three finishers in both the third and fifth races on any day's program. Instead, the pool money will be carried over to the beginning of the next meeting at either Laurel or Pimlico race courses.
The situation will arise Tuesday, when the winter meeting closes atLaurel and racing shifts to Pimlico.
"What was taken into consideration was the same management at both tracks," said Jim Mango, Laurel-Pimlico vice president of operations.
Under another rule change involving the Double Triple, a ticket for the first of the two races must contain the horses picked in the exact order of finish (1-2-3) to be eligible for an exchange for the second half.
If no such ticket exists, there will remain a first-half payoff for a ticket with the correct first and second finishers (or the correct first finisher, if no ticket has the first and second), but no exchange.
Another rule change allows coupled entries in Daily Double races.
Such entries will continue to be prohibited in Triple races.
In the fourth rule change, when a horse that is part of an entry or field is scratched after betting has begun on that particular race (following the official results of the previous race), all wagers on that entry or field remain in effect as long as the other horse or horses stay in the race.
Under the old rule, the remaining part of an entry-field ran for purse only and refunds were made to bettors. Refunds still may be granted, however, if track management deems there is time to do so.
"This makes the rules uniform," Mango said. "But the patrons have to realize the risk if there is a late scratch."