It is now post time ”” on the 26th floor of Bally’s.
“The more, the merrier,” said Chris Eggers, assistant race and sports director at Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas regarding the second annual Summer Stakes slated for Friday and Saturday in the Sky view Room.
The two-day horseracing bonanza will offer $200,000 in prize money based on 200 entries. There is a $1,000 entry fee for each participant.
“There are two ways to look at our event, and both are favorable to the entrants,” Eggers said. “The more people who enter, the higher the prize money. Should the numbers fall short of 200, then there is less opposition for the winner.”
The contest is divided into two segments. Overall winners are the contestants with the most total points combined after both segments are completed. In the case of ties for any position, the prize money will be divided equally among the players involved.
The racetracks that Bally’s will use for its competition are Del Mar, Saratoga, Louisiana Downs, Arlington, Monmouth, Laurel, Ellis Park and Calder.
“Johnny (race and sports director Avello) set up the contest around Del Mar,” Eggers said. “We also knew that Reno and the MGM were planning similar contests so these were the dates most favorable.”
Last year’s inaugural contest at Bally’s drew 70 participants. With more experience and advertising, the hope is to attract between 100 and 150 horseplayers.
Contest points are based on full track odds up to the following limits: The win is 25-1, place 12-1, show 6-1 and exacta 100-1. “The only thing we changed from last year was the amount of the exacta,” Eggers said. “The first day was $48 per race and the second day was $12. This time, the second day will be $24 per race.”
Contestants will receive a continental breakfast, lunch buffet and more.