The month-long racing season at Iowa Greyhound Park will kick off Saturday.

This will be the final year, as IGP will close on Sunday, May 15.

But it’s time to look on the bright side.

Each card will be 10 races. Post times are 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The wagering palette:

• $2 win, place and show on all races.

• $2 quinellas on all races.

• 50 cent trifectas on all races.

• $1 base daily double on races 1-2 and 9-10.

• Dime pick 4s on races 1-4 and 7-10.

• 50 cent pick 3 on races 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10.

I’m a fan of the doubles, pick 3s and pick 4s. It’s a different handicapping technique that emphasizes picking entrants who you think could win a race. It’s difficult, but there is a chance for a big payoff.

The smaller base for trifectas also should be a draw. That could interest more people to take a chance.

Schoolers best times

FGF Wind Me Up, Copper Kettle Kennel, 31.82.

NOTES

Mahoning Valley closes its meet Saturday.

Woodbine opens its meet Saturday.

STAKES

Thoroughbreds

Aqueduct: Saturday: Plenty of Grace.

Evangeline: Today: Acadiana. Saturday: Lafayette.

Keeneland: Today: Mile, Limestone. Saturday: Giant’s Causeway, Jenny Wiley, Lexington.

Laurel Park: Saturday: Federico Tesio, Frank Whiteley, Heavenly Cause, Weber City Miss.

Mahoning Valley: Saturday: Cheryl White.

Oaklawn: Saturday Sprint.

Turf Paradise: Today: Wildcat.

Woodbine: Saturday: Long Branch. Sunday: Thorncliffe.

CARRYOVERS ($10,000 minimum)

Greyhounds

Southland: Tri super, $39,340.

Thoroughbreds

Charles Town: Pick 6 jackpot, $33,234.

Golden Gate: Pick 6 jackpot, $28,724.

Gulfstream: Pick 6 jackpot, $101,259.

Mahoning Valley: Pick 6 jackpot, $88,049.

Parx: Pick 5 jackpot, $264,639.

Santa Anita: Pick 6 jackpot, $365,340; super high 5, $12,475.

Turf Paradise: Pick 6 jackpot, $26,658.

Standardbreds

Woodbine: Jackpot high 5, $27,374.

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