Friday’s Stronach 5 Rewards 97 Bettors $1,314.90 EachLAUREL, MD – Friday’s Stronach 5, the national pick 5 with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, rewarded 97 bettors across the country $1,314.90 each.The shortest price winner came at Gulfstream Park in Uno Mas Modelo ($3.40) and the longest price occurred in the final leg at Golden Gate Fields in Classy Chasie ($22.60).Friday’s Stronach 5 sequenceLeg One – Laurel Park 9th Race – The Mason Factor $4.60Leg Two -Gulfstream Park 10th Race – Uno Mas Modelo $3.40Leg Three -Santa Anita Park 4th Race – Ostini $8Leg Four – Gulfstream Park 11th Race – Yako $12.40Leg Five – Golden Gate Fields 5th Race – Classy Chasie $22.60The 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.For the Stronach 5, 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.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar have launched the Mega Joint Familiarisation Trip between Thailand and Myanmar.The project aims to promote tourism products and services in Thailand and Myanmar to long-haul European and United States travellers.The event comes as the two neighbours move towards full implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC at the end of this year.The joint familiarisation trip from 14-21 May marks the launch of the bilateral tourism cooperation and welcomes over 50 tour operators and media from Europe and the US.Thailand Minister of Tourism and Sports H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said the event is one initiative to promote tourism growth in ASEAN.“Many parts of ASEAN have never really been opened to the eyes of the world before, and by forming bilateral tourism cooperation with our ASEAN friends, we will be able to open up unseen, untapped, beautiful tourism destinations altogether,” Ms Wattanavrangkul said.“As such, international tourists who come to visit Thailand will also be able to extend their vacation to explore the charming culture and various world-renowned tourist attractions in our neighbouring countries.”Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand is the host city for this joint trip due to its modern infrastructure, easy accessibility, variety of tourism products and international standards of service.The familiarisation trip comes under the ‘ASEAN for all’ dimension, in which Thailand has made agreements with, and is set to form tourism cooperation with other ASEAN neighbours.TAT executive director Europe, Africa and Middle East Region Tanes Petsuwan, said the launch of the bilateral agreement with Myanmar is a win-win situation for both countries.“It will also allow us to tap the potential of the many long holiday weekends to attract short-stay but high-spending traffic from the neighbouring countries, which are all within three to four hours flying time of each other, similar to European countries,” Mr Petsuwan said.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson