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Four Turf Races, Two Stakes, Highlight Friday's Stronach 5
$75,000 Bert Allen and $75,000 Punch Line Stakes from Laurel
Races from Gulfstream West, Laurel, Santa Anita and Golden Gate
LAUREL, MD – The popular Stronach 5, featuring an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will feature four tracks and four turf races Friday, including the $75,000 Bert Allen Stakes and $75,000 Punch Line Stakes from Laurel Park.
Along with races from Laurel, Gulfstream Park West, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Park, the Stronach 5 will also have a $100,000 guaranteed pool.
The Stronach 5 begins at 3:58 ET with a dozen claimers going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track at Gulfstream Park West before the action moves to Laurel Park and a pair of $75,000 stakes on the turf for Virginia breds.
The Bert Allen, at 1 1/16 miles, features Largent, a son of Into Mischief who won the Edward P. Evans at Colonial Downs and was second in the Lure Stakes Sept. 7 at Saratoga. The 5 ½ furlong Punch Line drew a field of 14 including Embolden, second in the Edward P. Evans and fourth Aug. 29 in the Saranac (G3) at Saratoga.
The Stronach 5 wraps up out west with maiden California-bred or sired 2-year-olds going a mile on the turf, and 2-year-old maidens also going a mile on turf at Golden Gate Fields.
Friday’s races and sequence
- Leg One – Gulfstream West 8th Race: (12 entries, 6 ½ furlongs) 3:58 ET, 12:58 PT
- Leg Two –Laurel Park 7th Race: (8 entries, 1 1/16-mile turf) 4:20 ET, 1:20 PT
- Leg Three –Laurel Park 8th Race (14 entries, 5 1/2 furlongs turf) 5:02 ET, 2:02 PT
- Leg Four –Santa Anita 4th Race: (9 entries, 1-mile turf) 5:08 ET, 2:08 PT
- Leg Five –Golden Gate Fields 3rd Race: (9 entries, 1-mile turf) 5:23 ET, 2:23 PT
Fans can watch and wager on the action at 1/ST.COM/BET as well as stream all the action in English and Spanish at LaurelPark.com, SantaAnita.com, GulfstreamPark.com, and GoldenGateFields.com.
The Stronach 5 In the Money podcast, hosted by Jonathan Kinchen and Peter Thomas Fornatale, will be posted by 2 p.m. Thursday at InTheMoneyPodcast.com and will be available on iTunes and other major podcast distributors.
The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.
If a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.
The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.