By Dick Downey
Back in 2018 at Kentucky Downs is the Jockey7 wager. Here's how it works.
You can bet the jockey or jockeys whose mounts you think will do the best in the day’s selected races. The parimutuel wager is based on a points system for top-four finishes. Win, place, show, exacta and trifecta betting is available. Betting closes prior to the first race in the series.
A portion of the track’s commission from the wager will go to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
For the novice race fan, Jockey7, first offered at Kentucky Downs in 2017, offers a lot of rooting interest for a small investment.
Once the fields are set, the points are based on the finishes of the horses involved with each Jockey7 betting interest, regardless if there are rider changes. For instance, if a jockey who is listed as an individual betting interest is unable to ride a race and the horse wins with another rider, the winning points stay with the horse and don’t transfer to the jockey who picked up the mount.
In the event of a dead-heat, the horses equally split the points awarded for the involved placings.
“It’s critically important in our sport to create new wagering opportunities for our horseplayers,” C J Johnsen said. “Why not connect the jockeys, who are some of the stars of our sport, to a wager that is new, fun and interesting for the horseplayer? On top of that, a percentage of the proceeds goes to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. So it’s win, win, win for everybody.”