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    Default Drawing in as MTO (main track only)?

    Can someone ease explain drawing in as MTO (main track only)?

    I saw this on a program recently. Thanks!!



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    They've entered a race on the turf, hoping (probably due to forecasts) that it comes off the turf and is run on the main track. If it stays on turf, they won't draw in.



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    Thanks, BB. Still don't get it, too much, though. Is an MTO because the trainer drops them in that way or because they didn't get into the race and they draw in as, sort of, an also eligible. (Do you have "also eligible" in tb racing like they do in stb racing?)



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    I believe the trainer enters them that way, yes. Thoroughbred racing has AE, too.

    Info:
    http://www.westpointtb.com/news-and-...cehorse-owners
    "No, not anything goes, I said no rules!"



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    If a race is scheduled for the grass, the racing office will take MTO's. The only way that they can run is if the race come off the turf. The trainer designates the horse as MTO at entry.
    At the time that the decision is made to take a race off turf, the MTO's draw in because generally the grass horses entered in the "body" of the race are apt to scratch. Thus, the MTO horses (a mix of dirt and mud lovers) and any remaining grass horses who opt not to scratch end up making up the field.
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    I lucked into a big money score relatively speaking on Black Eyed Susan Day by entering MTO in a race that would have normally been over her head if it had been carded for the dirt. She ran second in a deluge.


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    Thanks all. I'm starting to get it. So you'd look for a race where the dirt horse you are entering is maybe a bit higher caliber than the turf horses entered and if your horse likes an off track?



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    ^^^ Yes. Your horse still has to be eligible for whatever conditions are written and if it is a claiming race, you run for the same tag. Many times, a high quality grass race "falls apart" when it comes off. By that I mean that the quality horses (relative to condition) scratch because they were grass runners. In those settings, modest horses who prefer dirt or slop can rise to the occasion and take down a decent purse. In many cases MTO's are lesser caliber runners taking advantage of a field comprised of a turfer or two who might remain in and a couple of other cheaper mudlarks.
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    Thanks again, most knowledgeable friends! You all are awesome!



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