Breaking the Bank: Triple-Digit Longshot Victor


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

There is a new leader in the clubhouse for the 2014 title of biggest longshot of the year after Undesided prevailed at 120.10-to-1 odds on June 20 at Louisiana Downs.

The 6-year-old Ide gelding eclipsed the 85.30-to-1 odds of Big Budget, who returned from a long layoff to win on May 26 at Presque Isle Downs.

Unlike Big Budget, for whom a case could be made that he was a much better bet than his price indicated, Undesided had lost his last four races by 11 ¾ lengths or more and entered on a 6-race winless stretch. He also was taking a minor step up in class from a $10,000 claiming race to a $12,500 claiming race.

Undesided was beaten by 13 ¼ lengths on the same course at the same distance in his previous start and his last victory came in July 2013 at Colonial Downs.

Handicappers looking for a positive when assessing Undesided’s chances before the race might have noted that his previous two wins also came at a mile, or about a mile, on the grass.

In his last start, Undesided was only 22.10-to-1, so while it was tough to make a convincing case for him on June 20, he should not have been triple-digit odds.

In the 11-horse field, Undesided was the third-longest shot in the field, just a fraction behind ninth-place finisher Blue Zapphine at 120.20-to-1 and eighth-place finisher Sleek Ezeke at 142.30-to-1.

Needless to say, Undesided outran his odds, closing from seventh and wearing down 1.30-to-1 favorite Brother Ray Ray late to win by a length under Patrick Johnson.

Bettors willing to drop a couple of bucks on Undesided were rewarded with $242.20 for a $2 win bet, $56.20 for a $2 place bet and $16.20 for $2 to show. The $2 exacta with favored Brother Ray Ray returned a healthy $709.60.

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Top Payouts for the Week Ended June 22
Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $242.20 LAD 6/20/14 9
Place  $2.00  $59.00 CD 6/19/14 9
Show  $2.00  $26.60 CD 6/19/14 9
Exacta  $1.00  $298.70 DEL 6/21/14 5
Exacta  $2.00  $950.00 BEL 6/22/14 8
Quinella  $2.00  $269.60 PRM 6/22/14 5
Trifecta  $0.50  $1,736.45 AP 6/21/14 2
Trifecta  $1.00  $5,971.00 GP 6/22/14 2
Trifecta  $2.00  $9,629.40 CD 6/19/14 9
Superfecta  $0.10  $3,637.54 AP 6/21/14 2
Superfecta  $0.50  $1,278.10 EMD 6/21/14 5
Superfecta  $1.00  $41,989.50 FL 6/19/14 5
Superfecta  $2.00  $109,079.20 CD 6/19/14 9
Daily Double  $1.00  $179.20 DEL 6/21/14 2
Daily Double  $2.00  $979.00 EVD 6/19/14 7
Pick 3  $0.50  $159.25 BTP 6/21/14 5
Pick 3  $1.00  $5,748.30 GP 6/22/14 4
Pick 3  $2.00  $7,406.00 BEL 6/19/14 6
Pick 4  $0.50  $18,119.35 AP 6/21/14 5
Pick 4  $1.00  $17,328.20 GP 6/22/14 5
Pick 4  $2.00  $30,764.00 FL 6/20/14 9
Pick 5  $0.50  $13,235.00 MTH 6/20/14 10
Pick 5  $1.00  $29,162.00 OTP 6/22/14 10
Pick 5  $2.00  $37,417.20 MNR 6/16/14 9
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $6,950.40 LAD 6/21/14 9
Pick 6  $0.20  $429.68 LS 6/19/14 9
Pick 6  $1.00  $2,316.60 IND 6/20/14 8
Pick 6  $2.00  $16,222.00 BEL 6/20/14 9
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $6,540.09 CRC 6/21/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $219,761.66 GP 6/22/14 8
Super High Five  $0.10  $2,436.44 LS 6/19/14 9
Super High Five  $1.00  $11,956.10 SA 6/21/14 9
Super High Five  $2.00  $22,649.20 MNR 6/16/14 9
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Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow 6, a jackpot wager with a 20-cent minimum that is paid out in full only if there is one, unique winning ticket, has been a common subject in this blog. Earlier this year there was a massive jackpot that accrued over the course of five months that eventually was hit for $6.6-million on May 25.

The bet produced another major score on June 22, although not $6.6-million major. Anchored by 26.10-to-1 winner D’wonder Boyd in the final leg of the sequence, the Rainbow 6 paid $219,761.66.

According to Gulfstream Park, the winning ticket cost $2,100.

The sequence also included 2.20-to-1 winner Tizcano in the opening race (Race 3); 6.50-to-1 Bahia de Oro in Race 4, 3-to-10 favorite R Girl She Gone in Race 5, 1.70-to-1 favorite Siete C in Race 6 and 12.70-to-1 Artistic Touch in Race 7.  

Another eye-opening payout from the previous week came on June 19 at Churchill Downs when the superfecta for Race 9 produced a reported $2 payout of $109,079.20. With less than half of that amount in the pool, we can deduce that there were a handful of winners at the 10-cent minimum who collected $5,453.96.

The race was won by 9.30-to-1 Pernicious but it was the second and third place finishers that really sparked the superfecta fireworks. Major Darby closed from seventh to take second at 74-to-1 and Sadler’s Warrior, who led in the stretch, held on for third at 53.10-to-1. Pagets finished fourth at 4.90-to-1.

As we near the midpoint of the calendar year, you have to think Undesided has a very good shot to finish the year as the highest-priced North American winner. It will be hard to top 120.10-to-1, which was almost 35 ticks on the toteboard higher than the previous leading longshot. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the toteboard. 

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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