Saturday, May 1, 2004

Derby: Wagering 101



Cincinnati Enquirer

There are many ways to win - and lose - money at the track. Here are some of the most popular forms of wagers, with increasing levels of difficulty and reward:

• Straight bet: You win only if your horse finishes in whatever position you denote (win, place or show). $2 minimum bet.

• Across the board bet: You win if your horse finishes first (win + place + show money), second (place + show money) or third (show money). $6 minimum bet.

• Daily double: You win if you pick the winners of the first and second races before the start of the day's card.

• Exacta: Pick the horse that finishes first and horse that finishes second in any given race. $1 or $2 minimum bet depending on track.

• Exacta box: Pick two horses to finish first and second in any order. $2 or $4 minimum bet depending on track.

• Trifecta: Pick the horse that finishes first, the horse that finishes second and the horse that finishes third in any given race. $1 or $2 minimum bet depending on track.

• Trifecta box: Pick three horses to finish first, second and third in any order. $3 or $6 minimum bet depending on track.

• Pick 3: Pick the winners of three consecutive races before the first race of your Pick 3 wager.

• Superfecta: Pick the horse that finishes first, horse that finishes second, horse that finishes third and horse that finishes fourth in any given race. $1 or $2 minimum bet depending on track.

Lineup

No.

OddsHorse Trainer Jockey Starts-1-2-3 ($ won)
1 30-1 Limehouse Todd Pletcher Jose Santos 9-5-0-3 ($478,405)
Scoop: Consistent colt unsung despite two graded stakes wins this year; 2-for-2 at Churchill.
2 30-1 Song of the SwordJennifer Pedersen Norberto Arroyo Jr. 5-3-1-1 ($132,500)
Scoop: Would be first unraced 2-year-old to win since 1882; hasn't won a stakes race.
3 10-1 Lion Heart Patrick Biancone Mike Smith 5-3-2-0 ($475,600)
Scoop: Never finished worse than second; classy speed horse may tire at this distance.
4 30-1 Action This Day Richard Mandella David Flores 6-2-1-0 ($780,000)
Scoop: Each of three races this year has been increasingly disappointing; sore back now improved.
6 15-1 Friends Lake John KimmelRichard Migliore 5-3-0-1 ($611,000)
Scoop: Took seven weeks off after Florida Derby win; strong bloodlines make him attractive pick.
7 30-1 Minister EricRichard Mandella Pat Day 7-1-3-2 ($350,000)
Scoop: Ran only in allowance races this year; longest he has run is 1 1/16 miles.
8 12-1 Master David Bobby Frankel Alex Solis 7-2-4-1 ($208,000)
Scoop: Second in Wood Memorial; would be first horse who started out in Europe to win Derby.
10 15-1Imperialism Kristin Mulhall Kent Desormeaux 15-5-4-1 ($363,000)
Scoop: Fifteen races is atypical for Derby horse; has two wins and a second under Mulhall.
11 4-1 The Cliff's Edge Nick Zito Shane Sellers 8-4-2-1 ($793,258)
Scoop: 2-for-2 in stakes here last year. Stretch runner with a resurgent rider.
12 20-1 Borrego C. Beau Greely Victor Espinoza 7-2-3-0 ($320,000)
Scoop: Runner-up in Louisiana Derby and Arkansas Derby; ran strong in rain last time.
13 50-1 Birdstone Nick Zito Edgar Prado 5-3-0-0 ($327,000)
Scoop: Bred for distance; won 3 of 4, including Grade I Champagne, before poor final prep.
14 12-1 Read The Footnotes Richard Violette Robby Albarado 7-5-0-0 ($346,860)
Scoop: Overlooked for a 5-for-7 horse but had poor Florida Derby and has a new rider.
15 9-2 Smarty Jones John Servis Stewart Elliot 6-6-0-0 ($600,000)
Scoop: Already has outrun his pedigree, but 1 1/4 miles may be too much; needs to avoid early speed duel.
16 15-1Castledale (IRE) Jeff Mullins Jose Valdivia Jr. 10-3-4-1 ($510,000)
Scoop: Began on turf in Ireland; second of two dirt races was upset Santa Anita triumph.
17 20-1 Pollard's Vision Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 10-3-2-3 ($366,000)
Scoop: One-eyed colt, figured a short-distance horse, actually improved as distances increased.
18 8-1 Tapit Michael W. DickinsonRamon A. Dominguez 4-3-0-0 ($530,000)
Scoop: Trainer's bizarre methods paid off with win in slow-paced Wood Memorial.
19 30-1 Pro Prado Robert Holthus John McKee 7-3-0-3 ($105,685)
Scoop: Third the past three races behind Smarty Jones, but closer each time; likes the slop.
20 20-1 Quintons Gold Rush Steve Asmussen Corey Nakatani5-2-1-0 ($258,500)
Scoop: Won Lexington Stakes two weeks ago; making third start in 29 days.
Note: No. 5 St Averil and No. 9 Wimbledon were scratched. Gates Nos. 1 and 2 will be empty.

Free Shot At $5 Million

Think you're a good handicapper? Well, here is the ultimate challenge. Race fans can log on to www.kentuckyderby.com, pick the order of finish of the race and win $5 million as part of Churchill Downs' second annual $5 Million Pay Day free online contest.

The consolation prize is $25,000, to be paid to the top entry - or split among the top tying entries - if no one picks the exact order of finish.

The winning payoff will be $5 million if the Derby field consists of 15 or more horses. The payoff will drop to $1 million if the field has fewer than 15 starters and to $50,000 if the field has fewer than 12 runners. The prize money will be split if there are multiple winners. It will be paid as a 30-year annuity and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local taxes.

Registration ends at 5:45 p.m. today.




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