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Saratoga to host weekly live-money, “low roller” tournaments

By Sean Morris

Saratoga Race Course will host its first ever live-money tournament on Monday, July 28, when guests will be able to experience the thrill of tournament play for just $40.

The live-money format was first unveiled downstate on July 12 at Belmont Park and was well-received in its first iteration. A total of 70 patrons entered, with first-place finisher Isis Messrie walking away with $490 in prize money, while runner-up Frank Lazzarano earned $140 and third-place finisher Matt Bernier took home $70.

The breakdown of the entry fee is as follows: $10 goes to the prize pool – with 70% to be awarded to the first-place finisher, 20% to second, and 10% to third – and the remaining $30 comprises the entrant’s bankroll. Participants must select five races on which to place live $2 win, place, and show wagers that must be placed on five different horses in five different races. Only Saratoga races will be accepted for contest play.

Sign-up will be on the first floor of the grandstand, with tournaments running every Monday at Saratoga.