(Photo: Jockey Florent Geroux guided Hogy to victory in last year's Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint. Grace Clark/Reed Palmer Photography)
FRANKLIN, Ky. (Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018) — The Jockey7 — the innovative wager that allows horseplayers to bet on individual jockeys and their mounts over each card’s last seven races — returns to Kentucky Downs after last year’s debut.
The Jockey7 wager will be conducted over Races 4 through 10 throughout America’s most unique race meet that starts this Saturday and runs Sept. 6, 8, 9 and 13 over America’s only European-style grass course. The Jockey7, whose results are based on a points system for top-four finishes, will be listed as a special wagering event listed as the Kentucky Downs Jockey7 with mutuel tellers and at self-service machines.
Win, place, show, exacta and trifecta will be offered on the Jockey7. Wagering closes with the start of Race 4.
The betting interests for Jockey7 will be established the day before a race card; for instance, this Friday for Saturday’s opener. After preliminary scratches, Kentucky Downs will establish 13 groupings of horses, each tied to an individual jockey and a “field” betting interest that covers all the other horses and riders. Each grouping will be assigned a betting number, with the final wagering fields and the Jockey7 morning line posted on kentuckydowns.com, equibase.com and other websites.
Under the points system, a win is worth 25 points, second is 12, third is nine and fourth is five, with one point awarded for a late scratch or if a horse is declared a non-starter.
“Kentucky Downs was proud to have launched one of the first new bets in years,” said C.J. Johnsen, Kentucky Downs director of broadcasting and interstate wagering. “Any time you create a new wager, there is a learning curve. We were very encouraged with the Jockey7’s first run last year, and greatly appreciate the work of InCompass and Equibase in further enhancing the technology of the wager.
“We believe as more people hear about it and see how it works that the Jockey7 will only build in popularity. We are getting so many new or casual fans who come to Kentucky Downs to enjoy a terrific outdoor event in a festive atmosphere, and the Jockey7 is perfect to give them a lot of rooting interest for a small investment.
“But we also believe as experienced horseplayers delve into the Jockey7, they’ll be attracted by the brain challenge of handicapping jockeys not just in a single race but over the course of the afternoon in comparison to the other riders.”
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. If there is a tie in the final points, the total $2 win, place and show payoffs for each entry in every race in the Jockey7 wager will be the tiebreaker.
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund will receive a portion of Kentucky Downs’ commission for the Jockey7.