The festive crowd on Kentucky Derby Day not only bet big, but it also won big. While wagering $677,141 on the day (up 16.5% over last year's Derby), harness racing fans at Northfield cashed wagering tickets worth $780,441, a healthy 15.3% return on their investments.
The most notable winners were two Northeast Ohioans, one from Lyndhurst and one from Shaker Heights, who each held a $1.00 Kentucky Derby superfecta ticket that paid $48,046.40.
Of Ohio’s eight venues which simulcast the Derby, only one other, Northfield Park’s Cedar Downs OTB facility in Sandusky, hosted patrons who made a profit. Thanks to multiple successful trifecta wagers on the Derby race, Cedar fans had a net positive return of $37,022 off total wagering of $129,628.
William Henry of Strongsville was also a lucky winner, pocketing $5,000 in Northfield Park’s Kentucky Derby Race of the Day promotion. Henry selected a sealed envelope that contained the name of eventual Derby winner I’ll Have Another and then, along with 19 other entrants who also randomly drew Derby starters, waited out the finish.
All 20 finalists shared in the Run for the Roses fun, with second, third and fourth place finishers winning $200, $100 and $50, respectively. All other contestants were awarded $25 each.
Now It’s On To The Preakness…
This Saturday, May 19, marks the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes live from Pimlico Racecourse.
Doors open extra early at 9:45 am on Preakness Day, and the action gets going soon after as first post at Pimlico is set for 10:45 am.y bird wagering on the Preakness will be available. There will be over 40 other tracks from the U.S., Canada and Australia looking for your simulcast wagering dollars.
If you are arriving early, join us for a special morning snack of two donuts and a coffee for $1.00 in the Racebook from 9:45 to 11:30 am. Don’t miss out on reserving a private seating carrel and television for your viewing pleasure.
Carrel seats are currently on sale at the grandstand center program stand on the ground floor.
Grab a bite to eat at Northfield Park’s food station near the Trackside Lounge. Specials include pulled pork sandwiches, Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions, and ham or turkey and Swiss subs, all served with chips for $4. We also will offer a cabbage and noodles dish for $2. The food station is open from 11:30 am until 6:30 pm.
Other menu options will be available at the ground floor main concession stand and The Grille in the grandstand mezzanine. In addition, quench your thirst with $3 Labatt and Miller Lite specials and soda and water specials for $2 located throughout the facility.
Be sure to try your luck on the free Preakness Stakes Handicapping Challenge. All guests 18 and over will receive one entry (from 9:45 am until 5:45 pm) for their shot at selecting the top four finishers in the Preakness Stakes. The guest who selects the most correct finishers (based on points) wins $1,000 cash.
Prizes for second, third and fourth place are $300, $200 and $100, respectively.
Northfield also has a number of prize drawings planned for Preakness Day. The giveaways will take place all afternoon. Simply fill out the entry blank that you receive when you enter and deposit it in one of the contest bins located throughout the track.
Names will be drawn randomly throughout the day for cash vouchers, merchandise, Cleveland sporting tickets, and more.
Stop by the WKRK 92.3 The Fan booth from 1 to 4 pm and spin and win for your chance at Cleveland sporting tickets, special WKRK merchandise and more! Afternoon hosts Adam “The Bull” and Dustin Fox will be on hand from 2 to 4 pm to talk with fans and give out their selections for the Preakness Stakes.
Free admission and free parking on Preakness Day at Northfield Park.
by Ayers RATLIFF