The Maryland State Racing Commission today granted Laurel's request for twin trifecta betting on the fifth and seventh races for its 120-day meeting that will begin Sunday.
The twin trifecta is an exotic form of wagering in which a bettor must pick the one-two-three finishers in correct order in two races.
In other business at the regular monthly meeting of the commission, Freestate harness track was granted permission to simulcast the Breeders Crown race from Sportsman's Park in Chicago on Friday. The following Friday, Freestate will run its own Breeders Crown race that will be simulcast at 12 locations nationally.
The commission agreed on a 1 p.m. post time for Laurel until Nov. 10, when the first race will go off at 12.30 p.m. because of decreasing daylight hours.
Finally, the commission, by a 6-0 vote, turned down jockey Michael Hunter's appeal of a seven-day suspension handed him by the stewards for a foul on Taurus The Bull on July 9 at Bowie. Asked by the commission chairman why he was appealing the steward's decision when he had already served the seven-day suspension, Hunter, 19, replied, "It is a matter of honor. I am innocent and would like to have that suspension taken off my record."
Bolting Holme, ridden by Larry Saumell, came from off the pace to win the feature race at Pimliico today by three-quarters of a length over Clever Champ. Issue Joined finished a close third.