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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)

Summertime in racing means a shift in focus to Saratoga and the shore (East and West Coasts), and this year the marquee meets of the season have produced some very nice scores.

Monmouth Park put together a great card for the Haskell Invitational Stakes on July 27. Since there was only one double-digit odds winner among the 14 races, we’ll focus instead on a massive Pick 6 score from Del Mar and one from Saratoga Race Course as well as a triple-digit odds winner from a few weeks back.

Since we’re picking up this blog after a two-week hiatus, I included the tables from the previous two weeks as well as this week’s top payouts chart.

The Pick 6 on July 26 at Del Mar (Races 5-10) produced a $2 payout of $373,780.40 for a sequence that included a winning favorite, two second betting choices and one third choice.

A key to the huge return came in the second leg of the sequence when Red Button, one of three 2-year-olds in the 10-horse field with previous racing experience, caught even-money favorite Homer Matt in the closing strides to win at 15.40-to-1 odds.

The Pick 6 closed with another upset when W. Giles took Race 10 at 18.50-to-1 to reduce the number of tickets with all six winners to just one and an eye-catching return. The six races in the Pick 6 at Del Mar averaged 10.67 starters.

Another massive Pick 6 score came six days earlier at Saratoga Race Course when an astute handicapper walked away with a $246,605 score. As we’ve discussed many times in this blog, if you have the means, the Pick 6 is an opportunity to make some big bucks.

I don’t have that kind of disposable income, but if I did I think I would strongly consider investing my bankroll on weekend Pick 6s at major tracks. The July 20 Pick 6 at Saratoga is an example of why I might take this approach.

The sequence featured 6-to-5 favorite Stopchargingmaria winning the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, plus a 2.25-to-1 favorite and a 3.55-to-1 third betting choice with none of the winners from the sequence (Races 6-11) winning at higher than 8.30-to-1.

Now, let’s be clear about something. I’m not saying any Pick 6 is easy … far, far from it. But when you look at many of the biggest-paying winning tickets from 2014, you often find they came at big tracks and there were multiple logical winners. The trick – and it’s a challenging one – is identifying the worthy favorites and spreading out in the right races.

In this sequence from Saratoga, the winner identified two fifth betting choices and one fourth betting choice to key a life-changing winning ticket.

Click here for the Equibase charts from the July 20 Pick 6 at Saratoga

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Top Payouts for the Week Ended July 27
Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $174.00 BTP 7/24/14 8
Place  $2.00  $80.40 SUF 7/26/14 2
Show  $2.00  $55.60 TDN 7/25/14 2
Show  $2.00  $55.60 PID 7/24/14 4
Exacta  $1.00  $823.00 FAR 7/26/14 9
Exacta  $2.00  $1,683.00 BTP 7/24/14 8
Exacta  $3.00  $114.60 GF 7/27/14 5
Quinella  $2.00  $481.50 ASD 7/25/14 5
Quinella  $3.00  $67.50 GF 7/27/14 5
Trifecta  $0.50  $1,893.45 AP 7/26/14 10
Trifecta  $1.00  $7,585.10 DMR 7/26/14 2
Trifecta  $2.00  $7,880.20 BTP 7/24/14 8
Superfecta  $0.10  $8,466.30 DMR 7/26/14 2
Superfecta  $0.50  $3,874.70 EMD 7/25/14 7
Superfecta  $1.00  $52,920.60 DMR 7/25/14 6
Superfecta  $2.00  $117,969.80 IND 7/25/14 3
Daily Double  $1.00  $92.70 DEL 7/24/14 3
Daily Double  $2.00  $1,944.40 DMR 7/26/14 3
Pick 3  $0.50  $531.25 BTP 7/24/14 8
Pick 3  $1.00  $8,053.20 DMR 7/24/14 4
Pick 3  $2.00  $8,219.20 LAD 7/25/14 9
Pick 4  $0.50  $6,428.55 AP 7/26/14 10
Pick 4  $1.00  $25,253.40 CBY 7/24/14 6
Pick 4  $2.00  $25,923.80 SUF 7/21/14 9
Pick 5  $0.50  $93,918.40 DMR 7/24/14 5
Pick 5  $1.00  $13,662.50 DEL 7/21/14 7
Pick 5  $2.00  $153,147.00 SAR 7/26/14 5
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $1,238.05 LAD 7/25/14 9
Pick 6  $1.00  $42,704.00 AP 7/27/14 9
Pick 6  $2.00  $373,780.40 DMR 7/26/14 10
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $7,837.76 MTH 7/27/14 13
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $2,553.44 GP 7/24/14 9
Super High Five  $0.50  $32,080.55 DMR 7/26/14 10
Super High Five  $1.00  $3,862.90 MNR 7/21/14 9
Super High Five  $2.00  $2,623.60 MNR 7/23/14 9
Top Payouts for the Week Ended July 20
Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $165.60 CT 7/16/14 9
Place  $2.00  $46.20 GP 7/18/14 9
Show  $2.00  $39.40 GP 7/19/14 11
Exacta  $1.00  $697.70 DMR 7/17/14 9
Exacta  $2.00  $1,149.20 GP 7/19/14 1
Quinella  $2.00  $374.00 DMR 7/19/14 6
Trifecta  $0.50  $2,963.85 AP 7/17/14 9
Trifecta  $1.00  $8,538.20 GP 7/19/14 11
Trifecta  $2.00  $20,354.60 BTP 7/20/14 8
Superfecta  $0.10  $6,779.22 EVD 7/17/14 6
Superfecta  $0.50  $6,499.20 MNR 7/19/14 3
Superfecta  $1.00  $42,815.70 SAC 7/19/14 10
Superfecta  $2.00  $137,622.00 LAD 7/19/14 6
Daily Double  $1.00  $326.10 DEL 7/14/14 2
Daily Double  $2.00  $2,306.40 LAD 7/17/14 7
Pick 3  $0.10  $215.15 SUF 7/14/14 9
Pick 3  $0.50  $1,324.20 IND 7/19/14 8
Pick 3  $1.00  $7,393.20 DMR 7/17/14 9
Pick 3  $2.00  $4,381.00 PRM 7/17/14 9
Pick 4  $0.10  $17,812.34 SUF 7/14/14 9
Pick 4  $0.50  $19,831.05 DMR 7/17/14 10
Pick 4  $1.00  $17,331.90 GP 7/18/14 5
Pick 4  $2.00  $34,155.00 PEN 7/16/14 9
Pick 5  $0.50  $38,936.35 GP 7/18/14 9
Pick 5  $1.00  $4,853.40 SAC 7/19/14 10
Pick 5  $2.00  $89,346.00 SAR 7/19/14 5
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $71.85 LAD 7/17/14 8
Pick 6  $0.20  $68.34 SAC 7/19/14 10
Pick 6  $1.00  $7,858.20 PID 7/15/14 7
Pick 6  $2.00  $246,605.00 SAR 7/20/14 11
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $3,668.50 MTH 7/20/14 12
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $149,051.00 GP 7/19/14 11
Super High Five  $0.50  $9,805.00 DMR 7/20/14 11
Super High Five  $1.00  $4,552.60 GP 7/20/14 10
Super High Five  $2.00  $1,631.60 ASD 7/18/14 8
Top Payputs for the Week Ended July 13
Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $224.40 IND 7/9/14 4
Place  $2.00  $88.60 IND 7/9/14 4
Show  $2.00  $33.40 CBY 7/10/14 7
Exacta  $1.00  $361.50 CBY 7/10/14 7
Exacta  $2.00  $1,521.60 GP 7/12/14 11
Quinella  $2.00  $207.40 PRV 7/9/14 7
Trifecta  $0.50  $394.05 AP 7/12/14 12
Trifecta  $1.00  $8,145.70 CBY 7/10/14 7
Trifecta  $2.00  $6,252.00 LS 7/10/14 7
Superfecta  $0.10  $5,703.75 GP 7/12/14 11
Superfecta  $0.50  $3,053.50 EMD 7/12/14 4
Superfecta  $1.00  $96,082.60 WO 7/11/14 6
Superfecta  $2.00  $92,201.60 LS 7/10/14 7
Daily Double  $1.00  $172.60 DEL 7/10/14 4
Daily Double  $2.00  $2,679.60 IND 7/9/14 8
Pick 3  $0.50  $3,371.70 IND 7/9/14 7
Pick 3  $1.00  $5,054.30 GP 7/12/14 11
Pick 3  $2.00  $7,767.60 IND 7/9/14 9
Pick 4  $0.50  $3,009.70 LRC 7/10/14 5
Pick 4  $1.00  $13,104.00 DEL 7/12/14 4
Pick 4  $2.00  $28,804.40 IND 7/9/14 5
Pick 5  $0.50  $14,486.55 AP 7/11/14 9
Pick 5  $1.00  $26,260.90 DEL 7/12/14 7
Pick 5  $2.00  $35,477.00 BEL 7/11/14 5
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $3,259.75 LAD 7/12/14 9
Pick 6  $1.00  $6,785.00 AP 7/13/14 9
Pick 6  $2.00  $118,134.00 BEL 7/12/14 10
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $1,099.50 MTH 7/12/14 12
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $3,650.98 GP 7/13/14 10
Super High Five  $0.10  $397.91 LS 7/11/14 10
Super High Five  $0.50  $2,173.95 MNR 7/12/14 9
Super High Five  $1.00  $18,442.30 GP 7/13/14 10
Super High Five  $2.00  $1,162.20 MNR 7/7/14 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.  

I’ve been following along each week and keeping track of the highest-priced winner of the year so far. While I was on vacation there was a longshot who came close to the $242.40 that Undesided returned for a $2 win ticket on June 20 at Louisiana Downs.

Far Fly won at 111.20-to-1 odds in the fourth race on July 9 at Indiana Grand Race Course. The High Fly filly was making her seventh career start in the one-mile dirt race having never finished better than fifth in six previous starts. That fifth-place finish, in which she was beaten by 9 ¼ lengths, was the only time she was not defeated by 12 or more lengths, so let’s just say there was good reason she paid $224.40 for a $2 win ticket and $86.60 for a $2 place ticket.

That race was Far Fly’s first start in a race longer than six furlongs (three-quarters of a mile), so perhaps she liked the additional distance that allowed her to be a little bit closer to the pace.

Far Fly subsequently finished six, beaten by 16 ½ lengths, on July 25 at the same track and distance at 17.70-to-1 odds.

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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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