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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)

So far in 2014, the biggest $2 win payout is $164.20 when Warmhearted Windy won the 10th race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 17 at 81.10-to-1 odds. That record was threatened on March 20 at Aqueduct in the 10th race, and while Harry Consolidator had more than enough to win on the track he came up just short of Warmhearted Windy’s mark at the betting window.

Sent off at 78.75-to-1 odds, the Consolidator gelding stalked an easy pace and held off the top two betting choices to win by three-quarters of a length. Those bettors who plunked down a couple of bucks on the longshot were rewarded with a $2 win payout of $159.50 and a $2 place return of $66.50.

I always like to go back and take a look at horses that win at astronomical prices to see if there were any signs that a big performance was possible, but in this case I don’t see anything that would have provided an indicator of an impending big effort.

Harry Consolidator had lost his previous 29 races, including his last 17 by 12 lengths or more.  I’d say my only shot would have been if I had my daughter with me and Harry Consolidator’s owner had pink and/or purple silks.

One big payout for the week ended March 23 that was much considerably more logical, yet still quite challenging, for handicappers was the early Pick 4 on March 22 at Oaklawn Park

The sequence started out with a win by 5.30-to-1 Catfeinated in Race 2 followed by a victory by 7-to-5 favorite Dance With Monarch in Race 3. Slick Pardoned Me struck next at 23.60-to-1, the longest shot in a 7-horse field, to ruin the tickets of most bettors. The Pick 4 closed in Race 5 with 9.50-to-1 Have It My Way holding on to win by a length to conclude a $1 Pick 4 that paid $54,880.80. 

Obviously, Slick Pardoned Me was the key to the huge return. Not only was he the biggest longshot in the field but he also defeated the biggest favorite in the entire 4-race sequence, Winkatdawat, a 9-to-10 favorite from the barn of Gary Hartlage. 

Click here for the Equibase charts from March 22 at Oaklawn Park

Top Payouts for the Week Ended March 23
Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $159.50 AQU 3/20/14 9
Place  $2.00  $66.50 AQU 3/20/14 9
Show  $2.00  $24.40 CT 3/19/14 2
Exacta  $1.00  $794.90 TUP 3/23/14 8
Exacta  $2.00  $1,088.60 FON 3/23/14 9
Quinella  $1.00  $188.60 TUP 3/23/14 8
Quinella  $2.00  $110.60 WRD 3/17/14 4
Trifecta  $1.00  $11,730.50 TUP 3/23/14 8
Trifecta  $2.00  $4,116.60 FG 3/19/14 3
Superfecta  $0.10  $364.44 PRX 3/22/14 8
Superfecta  $1.00  $49,664.40 TUP 3/23/14 8
Superfecta  $2.00  $36,627.00 FG 3/19/14 3
Daily Double  $1.00  $373.50 TUP 3/23/14 8
Daily Double  $2.00  $650.00 FG 3/20/14 7
Pick 3  $0.50  $604.70 BEU 3/22/14 8
Pick 3  $1.00  $19,394.60 OP 3/22/14 6
Pick 3  $2.00  $4,614.20 PEN 3/19/14 6
Pick 4  $0.50  $5,690.75 TUP 3/18/14 4
Pick 4  $1.00  $54,880.80 OP 3/22/14 5
Pick 4  $2.00  $33,921.80 FG 3/20/14 9
Pick 5  $0.50  $39,254.80 SA 3/23/14 5
Pick 5  $1.00  $15,869.00 TAM 3/22/14 11
Pick 5  $2.00  $11,473.00 HAW 3/23/14 5
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $9,014.80 FON 3/23/14 9
Pick 6  $1.00  $8,645.30 TUP 3/17/14 9
Pick 6  $2.00  $53,078.40 SA 3/22/14 9
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $7,670.48 CRC 3/21/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $9,237.10 GP 3/19/14 10
Pick 6 Jackpot  $1.00  $22,280.80 SUN 3/18/14 11
Super High Five  $1.00  $16,505.20 GP 3/19/14 10
Super High Five  $2.00  $26,513.60 FG 3/22/14 10
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.  

Race 8 on March 23 at Turf Paradise keyed a number of the top payouts for the week ended March 23. Won by 43.40-to-1 longshot Serge to Paradise with 23.50-to-1 Gilded Knight finishing second, the race produced the top $1 exacta payout ($794.90), the highest $1 Quinella return ($188.60), the highest $1 trifecta score ($11,730.50) and the biggest $1 superfecta payout ($49,664.40). With only $20,071 in the superfecta pool, we can deduct that the winning supefecta tickets were 10-cent tickets that returned $4,966.44. The eighth race at Turf Paradise also was the second half of the top $1 Daily Double payout for the week at $373.50.

The chase for the elusive Rainbow 6 continues with a carryover of $3,914,468 for Wednesday’s card at Gulfstream Park. The Rainbow Pick 6 starts with Race 5 with a scheduled first post time of 3:01 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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