In addition to both Pick 4’s at Cal Expo continuing to offer a reduced 15 percent takeout rate (Thursday/Friday nights in partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Committee), beginning this week the Late Pick 4’s on Friday (February 24) and Saturday (February 25) will come with an increased $15,000-guaranteed gross pool.
Also starting this weekend, the Friday Late Pick 4 will offer a 0% takeout on all winning wagers made on track or at Twinspires.com, while the Saturday Late Pick 4 will be broadcast on TVG.
Author and handicapper Barry Meadow offers the following advice when it comes to playing the popular wager.
“You’re not going to get value if you use nothing but the obvious horses,” Meadow relates. “I use the rule of 8 - each ticket should have only those combinations where the ranked betting positions add up to more than 8.
“For instance, if you use the two favorites (ranked 1 and 1), the other leg choices need to add up to more than 6 (e.g. a second choice with a horse who is no better than fifth choice, a third choice with a horse who is no better than fourth betting choice, etc.).
“You can’t play tickets that have nothing but favorites and second choices, or you won’t get the inherent bonus value this bet offers since these obvious numbers are overused in the Pick 4.”
Of course, playing the wager at the reduced 15 percent takeout rate is another way to maximize your edge, and again that goes for all Pick 4s offered here at Cal Expo on Friday and Saturday nights. Good racing!
Live racing resumes at Cal Expo on Friday (February 24) & Saturday (February 25) at 6:00 p.m. (PST). On every live card, Cal Expo offers free parking & free admission after 4:30 p.m. On Friday, Cal Expo offers Happy Hour from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on which Beer; Well Drinks & Wine are offered at $4 each, while a Burger with fries is offered at $5.