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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)

Part of the lure of watching and betting on the Kentucky Derby is that with 19 or 20 horses you never know what might happen. Just look back to 2009 and 2005 for examples of 50-to-1 longshots winning U.S. racing’s marquee event.

Although this year’s edition went according to form with 5-to-2 favorite California Chrome prevailing, a 37.80-to-1 longshot rallied to finish second and livened up the payouts for exotics bets like exactas and trifectas.

In fact, Commanding Curve was the key horse for this week’s biggest payout. The $1 Super High 5, which requires bettors to correctly string together the first five finishers in order, returned a whopping $149,764.70.

This is probably one of the most challenging bets in horse racing. Many avid bettors prefer multi-race wagers because they require the gambler to string together winners rather than try to judge who might finish a distant fourth to round out a superfecta. To them, there is far more certainty and logic involved in identifying probable winners than third- or fourth-place finishers.

It’s far more difficult to predict the first five finishers in a race as competitive and deep as the Kentucky Derby, but if you like Commanding Curve the rest of the top five was fairly true to form. The winner was the overwhelming favorite and, after Commanding Curve, the next two home were 8.70-to-1 third betting choice Danza and 6.50-to-1 third betting choice Wicked Strong. Samraat, who has five wins and one second in six previous races, rounded out the Derby top five at 16.70-to-1. In order, you had the Santa Anita Derby winner, followed by the Louisiana Derby third-place finisher, the Arkansas Derby winner, the Wood Memorial Stakes winner and the Wood Memorial runner-up. If you liked Commanding Curve, the rest of the top five was actually pretty formful.

Perhaps Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was one of the winners of this bet as he was reportedly passing out hundred-dollar bills from massive stacks of cash on Kentucky Derby day.

Top Payouts for the Week Ended May 4
Wager  Wager Amount   Payoff  Track Date Race#
Win  $2.00  $123.20 PRM 5/1/14 9
Place  $2.00  $54.60 LAD 5/2/14 4
Show  $2.00  $30.60 LAD 5/2/14 4
Exacta  $1.00  $267.30 SA 5/4/14 8
Exacta  $2.00  $657.80 SRP 4/29/14 3
Quinella  $1.00  $47.60 TUP 5/2/14 8
Quinella  $2.00  $410.60 WRD 4/29/14 5
Trifecta  $1.00  $3,154.90 GG 5/2/14 8
Trifecta  $2.00  $11,540.00 SUD 5/3/14 8
Superfecta  $0.10  $7,854.80 EVD 5/2/14 8
Superfecta  $1.00  $25,997.70 WRD 5/3/14 3
Superfecta  $2.00  $68,662.40 CT 5/2/14 2
Daily Double  $1.00  $150.50 TUP 4/28/14 9
Daily Double  $2.00  $727.60 SA 5/3/14 7
Pick 3  $0.50  $110.30 PIM 5/3/14 6
Pick 3  $1.00  $2,289.30 AP 5/4/14 3
Pick 3  $2.00  $3,891.00 BEL 5/3/14 12
Pick 4  $0.50  $1,504.55 TUP 4/28/14 9
Pick 4  $1.00  $3,470.00 WO 5/4/14 9
Pick 4  $2.00  $51,040.00 BEL 5/3/14 10
Pick 5  $0.50  $11,048.85 PRM 5/2/14 9
Pick 5  $1.00  $2,807.90 TAM 5/4/14 10
Pick 5  $2.00  $31,048.00 BEL 5/4/14 5
Pick 5 Jackpot  $0.50  $1,015.90 LAD 5/4/14 9
Pick 6  $1.00  $1,346.20 TUP 4/29/14 9
Pick 6  $2.00  $25,147.20 SA 5/1/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.10  $407.81 CRC 5/3/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $0.20  $4,258.42 GP 5/2/14 8
Pick 6 Jackpot  $1.00  $1,187.00 CRC 5/2/14 8
Super High Five  $1.00  $149,764.70 CD 5/3/14 11
Super High Five  $2.00  $20,454.20 MNR 5/4/14 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.  

The Rainbow 6 jackpot continued to grow as there was no unique winner again last weekend. After Sunday's card, the massive carryover grew to $5,891,444. Racing continues Friday at Gulfstream Park. The Rainbow 6 will be comprised of Races 3-8 with post time for the third race scheduled for 2:27 p.m. ET. The Rainbow 6 has not had a unique winner since Jan. 10. 

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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