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Breaking the Bank - featuring data courtesy of Equibase - highlights the biggest scores of the past week in racing. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)

When one horse keys the week’s top payouts for seven different wagers, it’s not just a conversation starter it’s a story. The fact that the 74.50-to-1 longshot came on the Wood Memorial Stakes card at Aqueduct in a nice allowance/optional claiming race only adds to the intrigue.

This Hard Land failed to finish his previous start, which is always a cause for concern when handicapping a race, but in this case he had stumbled at the start and unseated his rider so it was really just a fluke occurrence. In his two previous races, This Hard Land finished fourth and for his career the Saarland horse had finished in the top three in 17 of 33 races. The point that I’m taking a long time to make is that this was not a horse who had a track record of being uncompetitive entering the sixth race on April 5 at Aqueduct. He did carry an eight-race losing streak into the race, so it made sense that his odds were high in a deep 11-horse field.

This Hard Land trailed early in the one-mile race that featured a swift opening half-mile in :45.63 and rallied with a sweeping bid into the stretch. This Hard Land steadily wore down Golden Itiz in the final furlong to win by a neck under Angel Arroyo to light up the tote board.

In addition to paying $151 for a $2 win ticket and $50 for a $2 place bet, This Hard Land also keyed a $1,625 payout for a $2 exacta when paired with 10.10-to-1 Golden Itiz.

The $2 trifecta with Gotham News third at 10.60-to-1 returned a staggering $29,778 and the superfecta with 3-to-2 favorite Catron fourth produced a $188,567 payout for $2. With only $111,881 in the superfecta pool and a 10-cent minimum, we can deduct that the winning tickets probably were $9,428.25 for the minimum bet.

This Hard Land also set off some fireworks in multi-race wagers. The Daily Double for Races 6-7 with 4-to-1 Sea to Sky winning the second half paid $1,252 for a $2 bet and the Pick 3 for races 6-8, anchored by 7.10-to-1 winner Coup de Grace in the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes, returned a whopping $15,942 for $2.

This Hard Land produced some kind of upset.

Click here for the Equibase charts from April 5 at Aqueduct

Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $151.00 AQU 4/5/14 6
Place  $2.00  $50.00 AQU 4/5/14 6
Show  $2.00  $26.60 MNR 4/1/14 1
Exacta  $1.00  $270.30 GG 4/3/14 7
Exacta  $2.00  $1,625.00 AQU 4/5/14 6
Quinella  $1.00  $65.70 TUP 4/1/14 9
Quinella  $2.00  $179.20 WRD 4/5/14 5
Trifecta  $1.00  $2,637.90 OP 4/5/14 6
Trifecta  $2.00  $29,778.00 AQU 4/5/14 6
Superfecta  $0.10  $4,370.36 PIM 4/6/14 5
Superfecta  $1.00  $32,191.10 OP 4/5/14 6
Superfecta  $2.00  $188,567.00 AQU 4/5/14 6
Daily Double  $1.00  $223.20 TUP 4/5/14 5
Daily Double  $2.00  $1,252.00 AQU 4/5/14 7
Pick 3  $0.50  $4,302.50 PIM 4/6/14 5
Pick 3  $1.00  $2,146.20 TUP 4/5/14 6
Pick 3  $2.00  $15,942.00 AQU 4/5/14 8
Pick 4  $0.50  $1,799.05 KEE 4/5/14 5
Pick 4  $1.00  $8,821.90 GP 4/5/14 10
Pick 4  $2.00  $31,493.00 AQU 4/2/14 9
Pick 5  $0.50  $12,538.55 GP 4/5/14 10
Pick 5  $1.00  $39,366.40 TAM 4/4/14 9
Pick 5  $2.00  $55,164.00 AQU 4/2/14 5
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $2,305.05 PIM 4/6/14 9
Pick 6  $1.00  $1,125.20 TUP 3/31/14 9
Pick 6  $2.00  $67,913.40 SA 4/3/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $1,720.52 CRC 4/5/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $44,829.32 GP 4/6/14 9
Pick 6 Jackpot  $1.00  $2,017.20 SUN 4/1/14 11
Super High Five  $1.00  $16,564.70 SA 4/4/14 8
Super High Five  $2.00  $15,610.60 MNR 4/2/14 9
Click here for a complete list of racetracks with abbreviations.

© 2014 Equibase Company LLC, all rights reserved. Data provided or compiled by Equibase Company LLC generally is accurate, but occasionally errors and omissions occur as a result of incorrect data received by others, mistakes in processing and other causes. Equibase Company LLC disclaims responsibility for the consequences, if any, of such errors, but would appreciate their being called to their attention.  

The chase for the elusive Rainbow 6 continues with a carryover of $4,852,367 from Sunday’s card at Gulfstream Park. The Rainbow Pick 6, which has not had a unique winner since Jan. 10, continues with Friday’s card at Gulfstream. The Rainbow 6 will be comprised of Races 3-8 with post time for the third race scheduled for 2:27 p.m. ET.

Good luck!

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Commonly Used Gambling Terms

Account wagering – Betting by internet or phone, in which a bettor must open an account and deposit money with which to bet.

Across the board – A bet on a horse to win, place and show. If the horse wins, the player collects three ways; if second, two ways; and if third, one way, losing the win and place bets. Actually, three bets.

Bounce – An especially poor performance on the heels of an especially good one.

Box – A betting term denoting a combination bet whereby all possible numeric combinations are covered for certain horses.

Bridge jumper – A person who wagers large amounts of money, usually on short- priced horses to show, hoping to realize a small but almost certain profit. The term comes from the structure those bettors may seek if they lose the bet.

Chalk – Betting favorite in a race.

Chalk player – Gambler who wagers on favorites.

Daily Double (or Double) – Type of bet calling for the selection of winners of two consecutive races.

Exacta – A wager in which the first two finishers in a race, in exact order of finish, must be picked.

Exacta box – A wager in which all possible combinations using a given number of horses are selected.

Exotic (bet) – Any bet other than win, place, or show that requires multiple combinations. Examples of exotic wagers are trifecta, Pick 6, Pick 4.

Handle – Amount of money wagered in the pari-mutuel system on a race, full day of races, or entire racing season at a track.

In the money – A horse that finishes first, second or third.

Key horse – A single horse used in multiple combinations in an exotic bet.

Morning line – The starting odds set by the track handicapper.

On the board – Finishing among the first three.

On the nose – Betting a horse to win only.

Overlay – A horse whose odds are greater than its potential to win.

Pari-mutuel – System of wagering where all the money is returned to the bettors after deduction of track and state percentages.

Parlay – A multi-race bet in which all winnings are subsequently wagered on a succeeding race.

Part wheel – Using a key horse or horses in different, but not all possible, exotic wagering combinations.

Pick (6 or other number) – A type of multi-race bet in which the winners of all the included races must be selected. Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6 are commonly used by tracks in the United States.

Place bet – A bet on a horse to finish first or second.

Quinella - Bet in which the first two finishers must be picked in either order.

Show bet – A bet on a horse to finish in the money; third or better.

Speed Figure – A metric that rates a horse’s performance in a race, which is determined by a combination of the horse’s performance and the level of competition he/she competed against.

Trifecta – A bet in which the first three finishers must be selected in exact order.

Trifecta box – A trifecta wager in which all possible combinations using a given number of horses are bet upon.

Underlay – Horse whose odds are more promising than his potential to win.

Win – A bet on a horse to finish first.

Wheel – Betting all possible combinations in an exotic wager using at least one horse as the key.

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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