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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)

Keeneland Race Course hosted its signature weekend of the spring meeting – three days of racing highlighted by the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes – and a series of cards with full, competitive fields led to major upsets and big payouts.

The fireworks started on Friday when a beaten 6-to-5 favorite combined with double-digit odds for the top four finishers produced a $142,453.60 return for a $2 superfecta in Race 6. There was a total of $88,424 wagered into the pool and with a dime minimum bet we can come up with a $7,122.68 payout for a 10-cent bet.

With heavily favored Colonel Joan finishing seventh, the door was open for a big return and 59.80-to-1 longshot Marquee Cal Gal edging 11.60-to-1 Sea Shadow by a neck for fourth definitely helped boost the superfecta payday. The return might have even been greater had 30-to-1 runner-up Candy Crush caught 10-to-1 winner Ma Billet Doux, but the winner held on by a neck. Paradise Alley finished third at 19.20-to-1. The $2 exacta payout was $557 and the trifecta paid a whopping $6,395.40 for $2, but that wasn’t even the highest trifecta return of the weekend at Keeneland.

The Grade 3 Shakertown Stakes, a 5 ½-furlong turf sprint that almost always produces a thrilling finish, ended with a thrilling finish between longshots on Saturday at the Lexington track. Pacesetter Marchman (23.80-to-1) held off fast-closing Positive Side (33.70-to-1) to win by a neck. Something Extra finished third at 6.70-to-1 odds to round out a $11,969.00 trifecta, this top return for a $2 tri for the week.

The Shakertown was the eighth race on Saturday’s card and ended up as the key race for a couple of other significant payouts: the $2 Pick 3 for Races 6-8 paid $8,707.80 with 17.10-to-1 World Is Watching taking the first leg and 9-to-2 Occasional View the second race in the sequence; the all-graded stakes Pick 5 (races 7-11) ending with the Blue Grass Stakes paid $30,150.65 for a 50-cent bet.

The weekend at Keeneland closed on Sunday with a Super High 5 — a bet that asks the gambler to pick the top five finishers in order in an individual race, usually the last race on the card — that returned $41,529.70 for a $1 investment or, in this case, $20,764.85 for a 50-cent wager.

Top Payouts for the Week Ended April 13
Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $124.60 TUP 4/8/14 7
Place  $2.00  $59.00 PIM 4/10/14 5
Show  $2.00  $30.20 EVD 4/12/14 1
Exacta  $1.00  $381.60 TUP 4/9/14 4
Exacta  $2.00  $1,434.00 LS 4/12/14 4
Quinella  $1.00  $121.80 TUP 4/9/14 4
Quinella  $2.00  $313.60 WRD 4/12/14 7
Trifecta  $1.00  $2,644.80 SA 4/11/14 7
Trifecta  $2.00  $11,969.60 KEE 4/12/14 8
Superfecta  $0.10  $2,573.40 LS 4/10/14 2
Superfecta  $1.00  $38,918.40 OP 4/11/14 3
Superfecta  $2.00  $142,453.60 KEE 4/11/14 6
Daily Double  $1.00  $422.70 TUP 4/8/14 8
Daily Double  $2.00  $2,681.40 MNR 4/12/14 5
Pick 3  $0.50  $893.15 LS 4/11/14 9
Pick 3  $1.00  $5,622.75 WO 4/12/14 8
Pick 3  $2.00  $8,707.80 KEE 4/12/14 8
Pick 4  $0.50  $13,379.15 LS 4/11/14 9
Pick 4  $1.00  $16,269.70 EVD 4/12/14 11
Pick 4  $2.00  $41,661.20 MNR 4/8/14 5
Pick 5  $0.50  $30,150.65 KEE 4/12/14 11
Pick 5  $1.00  $40,418.70 TAM 4/9/14 9
Pick 5  $2.00  $46,057.80 MNR 4/8/14 9
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $8,201.80 FON 4/12/14 11
Pick 6  $1.00  $1,411.40 TUP 4/9/14 9
Pick 6  $2.00  $76,593.20 SA 4/12/14 9
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $323.76 CRC 4/12/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $10,489.90 GP 4/12/14 9
Pick 6 Jackpot  $1.00  $32,626.80 SUN 4/8/14 11
Super High Five  $1.00  $41,529.70 KEE 4/13/14 9
Super High Five  $2.00  $13,884.20 MNR 4/9/14 9
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© 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.  

Last week was yet another example of the potential for a big score playing the Pick 6 on weekends at Santa Anita Park even when logical winners make up the majority of the sequence. The first two legs of the Pick 6 on Saturday at Santa Anita — Races 4-9 — were won by Tancred at 7.40-to-1 and Tribal Sky at 11.80-to-1. Bettors who got past those two legs had a great chance to cash a big ticket. The final four races were won by Ferocious (5-to-1), Intoxicating Move (even-money), Big Macher 2.10-to-1 and Distillery (3.30-to-1). 

The chase for the elusive Rainbow 6 continues with a carryover of $5,160,351 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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