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The Santa Anita Handicap card at Santa Anita Park on Saturday served as a reminder that if you have the means – and I don’t – to attack the Pick 6 it often is worth the investment.

The Pick 6 for the Big ’Cap card was comprised of Races 6-11. Five of the winners went off at odds of 4-to-1 or less, yet the payout for the lone $2 winning ticket was $234,434 for a $2 bet. The sequence included one favorite, two second betting choices, two third betting choices and 14.80-to-1 longshot Protocol, who won Race 10.

Let’s not pretend stringing together six winners in a row is ever easy, but this Pick 6 was both more hittable than most and more profitable than most for the one lucky bettor who connected.

A 14.80-to-1 winner in the penultimate race led to a lot of shredded tickets, but there probably were three other keys to this big payout.

The first is simply field size. For the Big ’Cap card, the last six races drew 13, 10, nine, eighth, nine and 11 entrants, respectively, for an average field size of 10 for the sequence.

The second key came in Race 7 when 7-to-5 favorite Shakin It Up was defeated. Sahara Sky, a very nice horse, prevailed at 3.40-to-1 but this was probably a spot where many investors singled Shakin It Up.

Another key came in the big race of the day when 6-to-5 second choice Will Take Charge and 3-to-2 favorite Mucho Macho Man lost to 3.80-to-1 Game On Dude. It’s hard to imagine a set of circumstances in which a two-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap could be overlooked in the race, but coming off a dud performance in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 9 it’s not impossible to imagine a number of horseplayers felt pretty confident about using the top two finishers from the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic, especially with both coming off strong races.

For the Equibase charts from Saturday's card at Santa Anita Park, click here.

Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $152.60 FG 3/9/14 8
Place  $2.00  $58.00 GG 3/8/14 7
Show  $2.00  $65.20 LRL 3/6/14 2
Exacta  $1.00  $618.00 SUN 3/8/14 8
Exacta  $2.00  $1,415.80 CT 3/7/14 4
Quinella  $1.00  $88.00 TUP 3/4/14 9
Quinella  $2.00  $441.80 RIL 3/9/14 1
Trifecta  $1.00  $3,029.90 SA 3/8/14 3
Trifecta  $2.00  $8,768.20 CT 3/7/14 4
Superfecta  $0.10  $1,261.64 CT 3/7/14 9
Superfecta  $1.00  $56,174.10 SUN 3/8/14 8
Superfecta  $2.00  $53,173.00 DED 3/7/14 7
Daily Double  $1.00  $329.60 LA 3/7/14 5
Daily Double  $2.00  $2,124.80 FG 3/9/14 9
Pick 3  $0.50  $124.85 BEU 3/4/14 4
Pick 3  $1.00  $6,542.90 GP 3/8/14 7
Pick 3  $2.00  $5,769.60 FG 3/9/14 9
Pick 4  $0.50  $3,751.40 SA 3/9/14 5
Pick 4  $1.00  $8,117.50 OP 3/7/14 9
Pick 4  $2.00  $73,839.20 FG 3/9/14 9
Pick 5  $0.50  $22,268.50 GG 3/7/14 5
Pick 5  $1.00  $58,060.80 TAM 3/9/14 10
Pick 5  $2.00  $43,279.40 DED 3/6/14 10
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $11,766.45 FG 3/4/14 9
Pick 6  $1.00  $1,935.40 TUP 3/4/14 9
Pick 6  $2.00  $234,434.00 SA 3/8/14 11
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $464.04 CRC 3/8/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $40,872.86 GP 3/7/14 10
Pick 6 Jackpot  $1.00  $2,717.40 SUN 3/4/14 11
Super High Five  $1.00  $8,599.10 SA 3/9/14 9
Super High Five  $2.00  $19,262.80 FG 3/6/14 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.  

As we’ve seen in recent Breaking the Bank blogs, often a big longshot can trigger a number of different big payouts and last week that bomb came in Race 8 on March 9 at Fair Grounds.

Jalapeno Lena struck at 75.30-to-1 and keyed the week’s top $2 win payout, the top Daily Double payout, the top $2 Pick 3 payday and the biggest Pick 4 score of the week.

Outside of a fourth-place finish in her career debut in August 2013, there was not much to like about the Louisiana-bred Whambam filly. She had been beaten by at least 11 ¾ lengths in each of her four races since her career debut.

In addition to paying $152.60 to win, Jalapeno Lena also was the start of a Daily Double that returned $2,124.80 when 17-to-1 True Flat won the ninth and final race on the card. Jalapeno Lena also keyed a nice $5,769.60 return for a $2 Pick 3 (Races-7-9), but the monster payout came in the late Pick 4 (Races 6-9) that produced a $74,839.20 return. With only $24,617 in the Pick 4 pool, the winning ticket was a 50-cent ticket that paid $18,439.80.

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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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