A Las Vegas gambler made an $ 8 bet on the Kentucky Derby at more than $ 78,000 at The Mirage on Saturday after Country House was declared the winner, according to the casino's sports betting manager.
The gambler raised the payday after making two identical $ 4 identical bets that paid $ 51,400 each, or $ 39,065 after taxes, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Betting on a superfecta means choosing the first four finalists of a race in the exact order. In the Derby, Country House won, followed by Code of Honor, Tacit and Unlikely. The maximum security was disqualified after a review by the commissioners.
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"It was a miracle," Scott Shelton, the sports betting manager at The Mirage, told The Review-Journal. "He must have been a saint in a previous life that ran to the buildings to get babies or something so that everything would happen so he could collect those tickets."
Luis Saez rides the Maximum Safety, right, crossing the finish line for the first time against Flavien Prat in Country House during the 145th race of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Safety was disqualified after a review by the race stewards.
(AP Photo / Matt Slocum)
Shelton added: "I do not know if anyone else in the country bet $ 4 to win that super, basically doing it in a straight line and getting a horse down to win, it was a miracle."
The bettor was not identified, but Shelton said the person was "in shock." Shelton said that many people won Maximum Security and that the line to collect a ticket soon dissipated after the controversial decision that took Máxima Seguridad out of first place.
The players bet a total of more than $ 6 million in Maximum Security to win the Kentucky Derby, according to Twin Spiers, the online betting partner of Churchill Downs. The circuit said that total bets in the Derby increased 10 percent to a record high of $ 165.5 million.
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As for the Preakness Stakes, BetOnline has the Honor Code on a winning chance of 11-4, while Country House is on the 3-1 list and Tacitus and the Will War on 4-1.