Trainer has future bet on Congaree worth $22,500

May 01, 2001 1:09 AM
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Trainer Bob Baffert, who saddles favorite Point Given in the Kentucky Derby, stands to win $22,500 on a future book bet if stablemate Congaree wins the Run for the Roses on Saturday. Baffert has a $100 ticket at 150-1 odds and another at 75-1 on Congaree, but no future book wager on Point Given, who could go off the shortest-priced Derby favorite since Arazi. Arazi finished eighth at 9-10 in 1992.

The bets on Congaree were placed by a friend of Baffert’s at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas last February. “I hope this doesn’t get me in trouble with the tax people,” Baffert joked.

Meanwhile, both Point Given and Congaree had their final Derby works Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Baffert said both drills “awesome.”