Laurel Park 's ninth race today will serve as the launching pad of the inaugural Stronach 5, a national wager featuring five races at four tracks across the country and offering an industry low 12 percent takeout. A field of nine was entered in the $22,000 maiden claiming event for 2-year-olds going 5 furlongs on the main track. After Laurel's ninth, which has a post time of 5:26 p.m., the Stronach 5 will continue with Race 4 from Santa Anita (5:32 post), Race 8 from Gulfstream Park (5:38), Race 4 from Golden Gate Fields (5:50) and Race 9 from Gulfstream (6:08). A total of 52 horses were entered in the five races, an average of 10.4 starters per race. The inaugural Stronach 5 will have a guaranteed pool of $50,000 and the Maryland Jockey Club will serve as host for the multi-race bet as a separate wagering platform. The Stronach 5 will be shown live on all track simulcast feeds. If there are no winners in the Stronach 5, which requires bettors to select the winner in each of the five races, the entire pool will be carried over to the following Friday. In addition to the Stronach 5, live racing returns to Laurel with a 10-race card today.