TwinSpires.com users received good news on Tuesday.If you were one of 22,574 players who placed Pick 3, Pick 4, trifecta, or superfecta wagers on New York Racing Associations tracks from mid September 2010 through mid December 2011 and won any of those wagers, then you received a positive adjustment on your account to reflect the difference between payouts based on 26% and 25% takeout.If you didn't get an e-mail then that means you either A) didn't play the aforementioned wagers at the aforementioned tracks, or B) are not a TwinSpires.com member.If it's the former then I will remind you that NYRA has reduced its takeout on those wagers to 24%, which is a lot better deal than 26%. A wager in those pools that had paid $500 now pays $513. Not bad!If it's the latter, then what are you waiting for? TwinSpires.com boasts that it's Where Players Win, but more importantly it's where Players Get Treated Fairly as well.I've already spent my adjustment chasing the double carryover in the Pick 5 on Wednesday at Delaware Park. I was seven-deep in a 12-horse field for payouts ranging from $800-$15,000 and couldn't get the job done, but it was a nice thrill for a Wednesday afternoonOf course many more thrills await this weekend. The TwinSpires.com Player's Pool is back in action, and hopefully the Belmont Pick 6 will carry again into Friday to give us a nice double carryover to chase with some of our $75,000. There are other promotions as well, including the chance to win a souvenir win ticket on I'll Have Another by wagering $50 on Belmont day, a chance for triple TSC Elite points for correctly identifying whether I'll Have Another will win, top handicapping information, and the best online tournament structure offering the most chances to qualify for top Vegas tournaments.TwinSpires.com offers great promotions, contests, and giveaways every day, and they're all on the web for people to see. TwinSpires.com offers great customer service every day, too, and while that's harder to illustrate on a daily basis, this week's positive adjustment for 22,574 shows it's just as important to us as fun contests and great handicapping info.
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TwinSpires' horse racing author, handicapper, and podcast host, Derek Simon of Denver, Colo. offers his insightful, humorous and sometimes controversial take on the horse racing industry. He even publishes the ROI on the picks he gives out.
TwinSpires' harness racing expert, Frank Cotolo follows all of the big North American circuits throughout the year, providing the best value picks and latest news from the sulky.
The Director of Marketing for Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS) and a lifelong Thoroughbred racing enthusiast and astute handicapper, Ed joined Churchill Downs Inc. following nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times.
A writer and editor who has been following horse racing for fifteen years. Peter has written books for the Daily Racing Form Press; Crown; and Simon and Schuster; among other publishers, and regular features in The Horseplayer Magazine.
A television racing analyst for Churchill Downs, Jill has earned acclaim and a loyal audience throughout Thoroughbred racing.