Bally’s horse players just
pickin’ and grinnin’

Aug 3, 2004 4:16 AM

Johnny Avello really had Bally’s rockin’ and rollin’ this past week with his free Pick 6 and Pick 4 club.

More than 100 people have signed up and most all show whenever there is a $100,000 carryÂí­over on the Pick 6 at Del Mar or Saratoga. You can still get in and it’s a real blast. Ralph Sirocco and Richard Eng are doing a great job building the tickets.

I also ran into Lauren Stitch at Bally’s. She has a new book out, which is a must read for all serious horse players interested in breeding. Copies are available at the Gamblers Book Store at Charleston and 11th St.

”¡ Over at Caesars Palace, Chuck Esposito is just about ready to unveil all the upgrades he has made in his race and sports book. I was over there this past week and it will be in the Caesars Palace tradition of a beautiful race and sports book. We will have more on all the upgrades in the very near future.

If you’re at Caesars, check out all those super props. Some are real wild. By the way Caesars has some of the best valet parking of any hotel. It’s very efficient and quick.

”¡ Next week exhibition football gets into full swing and I will cover my picks on all the games. There are some real good plays that I will be releasing. I know a lot of people that love to bet exhibition football as there is money to be made. Remember most books don’t even put parlay cards out for exhibition and their limits are very low on these games.

If you are looking to play a parlay card in exhibition football you can take a drive over to the Las Vegas Hilton. Sports book manager Jay Kornegay will be having parlay cards for the exhibition season.

”¡ How about some of those huge payoffs at Del Mar? This past Sunday with a Pick 6 carryover that reached over $3 million, the payoff was $2 million. There was a Pick 3 in the first three races of the Pick 6 that really came back strange and this wasn’t the first really unusual payoff of the meet.

This pick on Sunday starting in the fourth race, a nine-horse field, saw the first and second favorite get beat by a horse that went off at 9-2. The fifth race was won by a 15-1 shot on the money line in a 10 horse race. The sixth race, featuring a 12-horse field, was won by the longest shot (30-1 money line) that went off at 50-1. The victorious jock hadn’t won a race at the meet and the trainer hadn’t won the entire year.

The $1 pick 3 paid $800. A parlay on those winners would have paid more than three times that amount. So what’s going on down there by the sea! Does someone know something or is there some big whale out there burying these pools?

I will be at Del Mar next week investigating and will pass on any info I can find, along with those first NFL exhibition releases.

More on Pick 6: The record payoff of $2,100,571 went to Desperado Stables owner Scott Guenther, who had the only winning ticket. The prices were $11, $17.60, $106.20, $15.40, $14.60 and $8.20. Jeff Mullins, who trained Saturday’s big favorite Buddy Gil, won the last two races.

Interestingly, Guenther’s Desperado Stables is a partner in ownership of BG. Guenther, who played a ticket costing $1,176, also said that using the $106.20 Short Route in the sixth race, was a no-brainer. Guenther owned a piece of Mud Route (the winner’s sire) and being out of a Phone Trick mare he knew this one was precocious and had speed. I guess a little inside info can go a long way. In this case, $2 million plus.