Raceway speeds toward opening dayWritten by Dave Herndon | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Horseracing fans, rejoice: Raceway Park is about to re-open.
Opening day for the 2006 season is April 1, when the park, at 5700 Telegraph Road, will host 12 races. On April 2, the park will host another 13 races.
”We host anywhere from 10 to 14 races a night every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from opening weekend until December 3,” said Raceway Park General Manager Mike White.
The biggest change in the way Raceway Park will operate this season is the pick-6 (pick-6 is a betting term referring to picking the winners of six consecutive races) will be seeded by the track to start with a $10,000 pot. Only people who are actually at the track will be able to win the cash prize.
”We are trying to do things that will give people incentives to come out to the track,” White said. ”If no one wins the first weekend, the pot will grow and continue to do so until there is a winner.”
Another incentive to get people out to the track this summer is a PT Cruiser that is being given away in conjunction with Grogan’s Town Chrysler on the weekend of May 5. The event will coincide with the Kentucky Derby.
”We’ll pick one person every Saturday for the nine weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby and have them all come back on that day. They will each be given a key and someone will go home with a two-year lease on the car,” White said.
White said Raceway Park will see changes throughout the summer.
”Our parent company has committed to
$1 million in renovations to be done during the year,” he said.
The track also is home to a full service restaurant, The Crazy Horse Clubhouse.
”Our chef, Erkan Yapragigur, is the best chef in the horseracing industry,” White said.
Admission to Raceway Park is $2.25 for adults and free to children under 12. Seating inside the clubhouse is available for an additional $1.50 a person, $3 if a TV at the table is requested. Programs for all the races cost $1.50 each.
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