Colonial Downs, Monmouth to debut combined wager

Monmouth Park and Colonial Downs will debut a Monday Mid-Atlantic Pick 4 with two races from each track in the wagering sequence starting this Monday, Aug. 1.

The new bet will run for six consecutive Mondays through Sept. 5, with the tracks alternating races under the wagering format. The bet has a .50-cent base wager.

Monmouth Park’s sixth race, Colonial’s seventh race, Monmouth Park’s seventh race and Colonial’s eighth race will comprise the sequence for the first Monday Mid-Atlantic Pick 4.

The takeout for the Monday Mid-Atlantic Pick 4 is 15 percent.

Monmouth Park’s sixth race on Monday, with a scheduled post time of 4:17 p.m., is a starter optional claimer on the dirt at one mile. The field of eight features the hard-hitting 9-year-old gelding Flowers for Lisa, a recent claim for trainer Doug Nunn who has banked $634,875 in his career. He shows a 6-4-2 line from 15 career starts at Monmouth Park.

Colonial Downs’s seventh race is the $100,000 Housebuster Overnight Handicap for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs on the dirt and has a scheduled post time of 4:33 p.m. Iowa Derby runner-up Conagher, trained by Michael Tomlinson, and the Kenneth McPeek-trained Editorial Comment top the 10-horse field along with recent Concern Stakes winner Old Homestead. Editorial Comment will be making his U.S. debut after going 3-for-4 in Argentina last year.

The seventh race at Monmouth Park is a $12,500 claimer on the turf at one mile for fillies and mares 3 and up. Scheduled post time is 4:45 p.m. Kitten With a Whip, who has won two straight at this level for two different trainers, tops the field of nine.

Colonial’s eighth race is a Maiden Special Weight event for 3-year-olds and up at a mile on the turf. Scheduled post time for the final race in the Mid-Atlantic Pick 4 sequence is 5:01 p.m.

The Monday Mid-Atlantic Pick 4 wager is a separate pool and will be listed on self-service machines as MIDATLANTP4.

All of the races will be shown on TVG.