Press Release

Capital District Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation
510 Smith Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

Contact: John Signor – 518-344-5225

Free “Funny Cide” Bobblehead Giveaway and
Free Holiday-Themed Instant Tickets

Schenectady, December 2, 2003 – Capital District Region Off-Track Betting Corporation President Michael Connery today announced two new December Holiday promotions that will take place at several Capital OTB locations. Mr. Connery said that OTB is partnering with Sackatoga Stable and the New York State Division of Lottery on the promotions. The highlight of the promotional events is a Funny Cide bobblehead giveaway on December 21st at the Albany Teletheater, along with the Lottery giving away 200 Holiday-themed Lottery tickets.

A second promotion will take place in Madison County. It includes a one-day guaranteed $2,500 handicapping contest/promotion at Capital’s Bridgeport OTB branch. The promotion will highlight the fact that Bridgeport has a new concessionaire; free food and beverages will be provided during the promotion. The first 100 customers at the Bridgeport branch will receive a free Funny Cide bobblehead figure and a free Holiday-themed Lottery instant tickets.

Mr. Connery said, “It’s important during the slowdown in the racing season to do things that will generate interest and support for our simulcast racing product. It’s imperative that we continue to reach out to new fans and give something back to our loyal patrons. Capital is proud to announce that we will once again be working with Jack Knowlton and his partners from Sackatoga Stable. And, for the first time, we’ll be working with the New York State Lottery on several promotions. Capital will be the first New York State racing entity to offer Funny Cide bobbleheads to our fans and Jack and others will be on hand to autograph the giveaways and talk to fans.

“Funny Cide reinvigorated the racing industry for the first time in decades like no other horse could. The horse faced all comers and shied away from no one. Capital OTB and its horse racing fans have been front and center supporting this great competitor. We look forward to his 4-year old campaign with great anticipation and we thank Jack and his partners for their support of Capital OTB this year and for years to come.”

Jack Knowlton said, “I want to thank Michael Connery and Capital OTB for partnering with us on this terrific promotion. The promotion on the 21st will give us another chance to thank Capital Region fans for their support throughout the year. We look forward to another great promotion at the Albany Teletheater and welcome all Capital Region fans to come by to participate in the promotion.”
Albany County Director, John Chiaramonte, said “I want to thank Michael Connery and Jack Knowlton for their continued efforts to boost handle in Albany County with these terrific promotions. These promotions will go a long way in increasing handle and revenue for the corporation and for the taxpayers the corporation serves.”

Madison County Director, James Traub, said, “Bridgeport is one of Capital OTB’s largest and most profitable branches. The Funny Cide bobblehead promotion coupled with a $2,500 handicapping contest will show fans in central New York that Capital OTB is committed to providing them with the best simulcast product in the State. And it’s a way to draw new fans and give something back to our loyal patrons who frequent our branches throughout the year.”

Mr. Connery said the following promotions would take place in December.

  1. December 12th -- Bridgeport OTB (Madison County) begins at 12:00 p.m.:
    • $2,500 guaranteed Handicapping contest
    • $50 entry fee
    • Free Racing Programs (first 100 attendees)
    • Free Funny Cide Bobblehead (first 100 attendees)
    • Free Lottery Holiday game (first 100 attendees)
    • Free food and beverages throughout the day

  2. December 21st – Albany Teletheater (Albany County) begins at 12:00 p.m.:
    • First 200 attendees receive –
    • Free Funny Cide Bobblehead
    • Free Lottery Holiday-themed game
    • Free Post Parade programs
    • Jack Knowlton and other partners from Sackatoga stable will be at the Teletheater from noon to 3:00 p.m. to sign autographs and to meet with fans to thank them for their support of Funny Cide.
    • Funny Cide merchandise – 25% to 50% off Funny Cide merchandise for the Holiday season.

    Also, at the Teletheater on Dec. 21st Capital will have --
    • Fantasy Challenge Handicapping Contest
    • Losing Ticket Raffle
    • Direct TV Pro Football Games (All games available)
  3. Every Sunday through the Pro Football Season, Capital OTB has promotions at the Albany Teletheater showing every NFL game through our DirecTv package. The promotions also include free NYRA programs for the first 300 attendees and a Fantasy Challenge Handicapping Contest with winners receiving a minimum $100 bet voucher. One Sunday each month, Capital will have a “Mystery Sunday” where two additional $250 bet vouchers are added to the prizes. One goes to a losing ticket raffle and the other is added to the $100 handicapping contest winners’ prize.

For more information about upcoming Capital OTB promotions or those listed above please go to the



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