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Looking to make a big, big bet on a race at Saratoga, but don't want to pay the two-percent tax at an Illinois OTB? Slip across the border to Indiana, where you can get your bet down at the Churchill Downs Sports Spectrum in Merrillville. The Sports Spectrum, which opened in 1995, also takes bets on the Pick Six at out-of-state tracks, a wager Illinois OTBs won't accept. "I know some of the bigger bettors, if they want track prices, they will make the drive out to Merrillville," facility manager Pete Novak says. Right now, the Sports Spectrum is devoted solely to racing, but this fall, it will cover more of the spectrum of sports action when it begins broadcasting NFL and NCAA football games. If you want to bet on those, you'll have to find a bookie.