With such large fields in the Kentucky Derby, and large action across every OTB in the country – including Las Vegas race books, the buzz from the experts is always about the value offered on exotics from such a large pool.
On Saturday afternoon, the value was never more apparent than when a Hawaii woman hit the $1 superfecta at the Plaza’s William Hill race book for $28,542.
As you can imagine, the woman didn’t want to be identified because she doesn’t need any new friends.
When No. 4 Golden Soul placed and paid out $38.60 behind the winner, No. 16 Orb, most everyone else who had tried a super on the day had immediately failed. But with five horses boxed – 3, 4, 5, 6,1 6 – for 120 combinations costing $120, the Hawaiian rode the rainbow to riches few horse racing bettors have seen. The five horses she boxed all finished in the top-5.
The woman chose Golden Soul because she liked the name, not because of any handicapping process. It was also her first-ever bet on horse racing, which seems hard to believe.
Anyone betting a super-box on five horses for $1 each way sounds much more sophisticated than a newbie bartering for an additional free Derby t-shirt.
After taxes, she ended up taking home $21,407, and has the Vegas memory of a lifetime that adds to the mystique of a city that has so many great stories.
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