Hollywood Park will offer wagering on the Kentucky Derby today and Saturday.
Betting on the Derby and the 16 other races--five simulcasts from Churchill Downs, two from Golden Gate Fields and nine live races--will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and during the races tonight.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and the first of the simulcasts from Churchill Downs, the $75,000 American Turf, will be shown at 10 a.m.
The EZQ will be history after tonight's races.
The new bet, a form of the quinella that allowed players to cash if their horses finished 1-2, 1-3 or 2-3, has been eliminated and replaced with the traditional quinella, in which a bettor has to select the first two finishers in either order.
"We said on opening day we would measure the feedback from our patrons and their preference is clear--they want to have the option of playing the quinella," said Rick Baedeker, Hollywood Park's vice president for marketing and publicity.
Exercise rider William Strauss, 57, died of what appeared to be a heart attack after working a horse Thursday morning at Hollywood Park.
The former jockey was pulling up a horse trained by George Williams when he was stricken.