Breaking the Bank: Grateful to Janis, One Amazing Dime


Breaking the Bank - featuring data courtesy of Equibase - highlights the biggest scores of the past week in racing. (Photo by Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

So much to get to this week, including a winner at 98.70-to-1 odds at Evangeline Downs that triggered a number of great payouts and a monster dime superfecta at Monmouth Park, but let’s start with the most eye-catching return of all.

The Pick 6 at Del Mar on Aug. 13 was bolstered by a $171,914 carryover, which means a majority of the pool from the previous card’s Pick 6 carries over into the next card because there was no ticket that had correctly selected all six winners. That added incentive drew plenty of interest from horseplayers and the pot swelled to $1,039,193 by the time the first race of the sequence (Races 3-8) started.

Click here for the Equibase charts for the Aug. 13 Pick 6 at Del Mar

Janis Joplin
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There probably was a significant percentage of tickets torn up after Hog’s Hollow overhauled 2.70-to-1 favorite Little Jerry by a head in the opener, but Races 4 and 5 were won by favorites. Race 6 separated the hopeful horseplayer from the defeated, however, as pacesetter Image of Joplin held off 2.30-to-1 chalk Benba by a head to win at odds of 39.50-to-1.

Those still alive after the fourth leg had to feel pretty good about their chances when Merit Man, the 2.60-to-1 second betting choice, won the Green Flash Handicap. The number of live tickets was whittled down even more in the nightcap, however, when Watch It Buster scored at 5.80-to-1 odds with the 7-to-2 favorite sixth.

The $2 winning tickets returned a whopping $380,667.80 to a couple of now-wealthy bettors who clearly need to do the right thing and make their social media avatars an image of the late, great Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Janis Joplin.

Click here for a handy list of carryovers at the Equibase website

(Blog Continued Below Table)

Top Payouts for the Week Ended Aug. 17
Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $199.40 EVD 8/15/14 3
Place  $2.00  $67.20 TDN 8/17/14 4
Show  $2.00  $61.80 PRX 8/12/14 1
Exacta  $1.00  $305.10 DMR 8/14/14 8
Exacta  $2.00  $1,594.60 MTH 8/17/14 9
Quinella  $2.00  $377.80 DMR 8/14/14 8
Trifecta  $0.50  $831.60 AP 8/16/14 12
Trifecta  $1.00  $6,426.00 MTH 8/17/14 9
Trifecta  $2.00  $14,522.00 CT 8/16/14 9
Superfecta  $0.10  $31,736.29 MTH 8/17/14 9
Superfecta  $0.50  $1,352.20 EMD 8/15/14 3
Superfecta  $1.00  $60,526.20 DEL 8/16/14 6
Superfecta  $2.00  $124,366.40 RP 8/16/14 9
Daily Double  $1.00  $2,326.10 EVD 8/15/14 4
Daily Double  $2.00  $2,229.80 GP 8/14/14 5
Pick 3  $0.50  $2,211.45 EVD 8/15/14 5
Pick 3  $1.00  $4,639.20 MTH 8/16/14 9
Pick 3  $2.00  $5,678.00 SAR 8/11/14 8
Pick 4  $0.50  $30,376.10 AP 8/16/14 12
Pick 4  $1.00  $50,685.05 WO 8/17/14 7
Pick 4  $2.00  $23,872.00 FL 8/14/14 5
Pick 5  $0.50  $38,090.00 MTH 8/17/14 11
Pick 5  $1.00  $15,117.00 NP 8/13/14 5
Pick 5  $2.00  $45,296.00 SAR 8/16/14 5
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $24,458.45 LAD 8/15/14 9
Pick 6  $0.20  $1,578.76 GG 8/17/14 9
Pick 6  $1.00  $14,522.00 AP 8/14/14 9
Pick 6  $2.00  $380,667.80 DMR 8/13/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $22,005.25 MTH 8/17/14 11
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $49,259.20 GP 8/15/14 10
Super High Five  $0.20  $14.38 FER 8/17/14 8
Super High Five  $0.50  $120,586.30 DMR 8/14/14 8
Super High Five  $1.00  $7,031.40 GP 8/15/14 10
Super High Five  $2.00  $1,949.80 MNR 8/12/14 9
Click here for a complete list of racetracks with abbreviations.

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When a horse wins at odds of 98.70-to-1, there are going to be very few happy bettors (especially when the victory involves a disqualification!), but the ones who are pleased inevitably will be ecstatic. Such was the case with the third race at Evangeline Downs on Aug. 15.

Frontiersman crossed the finish line first at 7.60-to-1 odds but he was disqualified for drifting in during the stretch run and causing three opponents to be steadied. The DQ led to Malibu Classic being elevated to first at nearly triple-digit odds and set off a wave of big payouts. Malibu Classic paid $199.40 for a $2 win bet, $64.20 to place and $25.20 to show. He also keyed a $2 Daily Double – along with 13.90-to-1 Mister Tom Tom – that paid one winner $2,326.10 (tops for the week) and a Pick 3 for Races 3-5 that rewarded one bettor with $2,211.45 for a 50-cent bet (also the best of the week). There probably is a decent chance the Daily Double and Pick 3 winner was the same horseplayer, and he/she left the track (or made a sizeable withdraw from an online account) while wearing an ear-to-ear smile.

I tried to save the best for last this week — the superfecta for Race 9 on Aug. 17 at Monmouth Park.

There were a couple of reported payoffs for superfectas that are larger in the Equibase table above, but those are misleading. The reported return of $124,366.40 for Race 9 on Aug. 16 at Remington Park is for a $2 bet, but there was less than $25,000 total in the pool so we can deduce that the winning tickets were for the 10-cent minimum bet and paid $6,218.32. The $60,526.20 reported payout for the $1 superfecta on Aug. 16 at Delaware Park for Race 6 was a similar situation where the winning tickets were a pair of 10-cent bets that paid $6,052.62.

The highest return on investment for a 10-cent bet for the week was a massive $31,736.29 for the aforementioned race at Monmouth.

Yes, you too could turn a shiny dime into 30-grand. Of course, it isn’t easy.

The race was won by Skiffs Brewmeister at 31.30-to-1 with Hello Abraxon coming home second at 27.20-to-1, which by the way triggered a hefty $1,594.60 exacta (also tops for the week) for $2.

Cotumix finished third at 5.60-to-1, and the fourth and final spot in the superfecta was taken by Oklahoma Den, who edged 9-to-10 favorite Screenplay by a neck at 15.20-to-1 odds.

Had Screenplay made it into the top four as the favorite, chances are there would have been more than one winning ticket. Instead, a single better walked (or cartwheeled) away with $31,736.29 for his dime bet.

This race also produced the top $1 trifecta payout for the week at a cool $6,426.00. That’s worthy of a cartwheel, too, if you’re so inclined. 

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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