BetMakers Technology Group’s foray in to the US horse racing market takes a significant step on Saturday with the international distribution of Haskell Stakes Day from Monmouth Park, New Jersey.
The Bob Baffert-trained Authentic has opened up odds-on favourite for the Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Stakes at $1.50, with Dr Post, runner-up to boom galloper Tiz The Law in the Belmont Stakes second-favourite at $4. NY Traffic is next in-line at $7.50.
Whilst every year is a big year for the Haskell Stakes, the 2020 version and 53rd edition has taken on a different level of significance with the COVID-19 altered calendar.
The Haskell traditionally follows-on from the ‘Triple Crown’ series but this year serves as a critical lead-up for the Kentucky Derby.
The winner will not only gain 100 qualifying points for the Derby, which guarantees a start for America’s most famous race, but also will gain a ‘win and you’re in’ ticket for automatic entry into the Breeders Cup Classic to be contested at Keeneland on November 7 and worth $3.3 million to the winner.
If that’s not enough, BetMakers have got behind their close partner in the US racing game in Monmouth Park with the ‘BetMakers Bonanza’; a $1 million bonus if the winner of the Haskell can go on to to win the Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup Classic.
BetMakers, Darby Development LLC (owners of Monmouth Park) and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen Association signed a landmark deal in February which will see fixed-odds betting soon to be opened-up and available in the highly-lucrative New Jersey wagering market place.
BetMakers is committed to supporting and partnering with the US horse racing industry with initiatives like the ‘BetMakers Bonanza’ and is confident the implementation of fixed-odds betting and international distribution of content will lead to significant levels of funding returned back to the race tracks that join the ‘Global Racing Network’.