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Old 05-06-2005, 06:25 PM   #1
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Its the eve of the greatest 2 minutes in sports, and no Kentucky Derby discussion? For shame!

Now that the admonishments are over, who are you picks for the Derby tommorrow? For those who are unfamilar with the entrees, go to Kentucky Derby 2005 and click on the jockey silks at the bar on the top for stats on the horses.

I've been a fan of the game colt Afleet Alex since I saw him last year. He is the most accomplished horse going into the derby with 9 starts, and is currently the betting favorite at 7-2.
The second favorite is Bellamy Road at 9-2. His owner also owns the New York yankees, and is coming off a really big win in the Wood.
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Horse racing = pointless (for me)
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Okay.... Any other takers?
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ya know every time the derby comes around i always say i'm gonna put a few bucks on the biggest underdogs and evey year i don't...

i'm a douche.

those prices were so damned high i actually needed a nap after seeing them posted.
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God I tell you I would have NEVER seen Giacomo coming....but my horse did well. Was a length back in third and only lost second by 36 inches...

Too many horses in this particular one..couldn't believe how many longshots.
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a 50-1 shot and a 71-1 shot finish first and second... in probably the biggest betting day of the horse racing season... unbelievable. a better's wet dream
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haha, Steinbrenner
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A superfecta with a $1.7Mil payout, boy would that have been a nice $2.00 investment.
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yea not too shabby... like i said, i needed a nap after reading the payouts.

apparently richard branson bet a million dollars on giacamo from what i hear... like a billionaire really needed to win more millions.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Chris Hertzog figured all was lost as he sifted through the trash at Turf Paradise, frantically searching for his winning Kentucky Derby superfecta ticket.

The Phoenix firefighter gave up after two hours, wondering how he could've let $864,253.50 slip away.

``I couldn't believe I lost this once in a lifetime payday,'' the 39-year-old Hertzog said in a statement released through the track on Monday.

According to Turf Paradise, the mutuel clerk who sold him the ticket came to the rescue on Sunday, finding the misplaced slip of paper next to the machine where Hertzog had placed the wager the previous day.

``Don't you just love happy endings?'' Hertzog said.

Hertzog bought one of seven $1 tickets to hit the Kentucky Derby superfecta, which yielded the highest payout in Derby history. Two of the other winning tickets were sold in New Jersey, one each was sold at Philadelphia Park and Suffolk Downs and two others came through clearinghouses in Maine and Nevada, said Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher.

The gigantic payoffs came after 50-1 long shot Giacomo sprang the second biggest upset in Derby history, edging 72-1 longer shot Closing Argument. Afleet Alex, one of the favorites with odds of 4.5-1, finished third. Another long shot, 30-1 Don't Get Mad, was fourth.

No one picked the top four Derby finishers in order on a $2 ticket, which would've paid more than $1.7 million, Asher said.

Hertzog made 100 $1 bets -- 50 superfectas and 50 trifectas -- all in random computer-generated quick picks. When he thought he'd lost after the Derby, he left the tickets on a table and walked off.

Later, according to Turf Paradise, a track official told mutuel clerk Brenda Reagan that her machine had spit out a superfecta winner. Track owner Jack Simms told Hertzog, but when he returned to the table, the tickets were gone.

``I couldn't believe it,'' he said.

Maintenance crews gathered all the garbage bags in the clubhouse and Hertzog and others picked through them with no luck.

The next day, Reagan noticed two tickets lying next to her machine, according to track officials. One of them was Hertzog's winner.

``When I punched Chris' tickets, there were so many that they bunched up and these two must have fallen on the side,'' she said in a release from the track.

After taxes, Hertzog walked away with over $604,000.

``What a roller coaster ride this has been, just unbelievable,'' Hertzog said.

In New Jersey, longtime betting buddies Tom Ritchie and Brian Wien cashed a superfecta ticket at the Meadowlands, where they've been meeting for lunch and handicapping for years.

They sat in a car for a half hour on Friday and made $200 worth of wagers on eight tickets. On Saturday, Wien stuffed the tickets into the visor in his car and drove home from a party with the windows open.

The next morning, Ritchie's wife, Meryl, heard that two superfecta winners were purchased in New Jersey. Ritchie called Wien and waited 45 minutes for Wien to find the tickets.

They still weren't convinced they'd won until a cashier ran the ticket through a machine on Monday, Wien's 45th birthday.

After taxes, the men split a $622,262.50 payout.

``I'm still a little in shock,'' Wien told The Associated Press in a phone interview. ``Until it cashed, I wasn't sure.''

Ritchie and Wien also hit the Derby superfecta two years ago, when Funny Cide's win generated a $2,795.80 payoff.

Mark Madden, from Morganville, N.J., his 29-year-old daughter, Lisa, and her boyfriend went in on a what turned out to be a winning ticket purchased at Freehold Raceway.

Madden, 53, the president of a trucking company who said he has been going to racetracks since he was 12, said he was initially hoping for a payout of $30,000, or possibly as much as $50,000. The eventual payout left him stunned.

``That was unreal, and I play the horses a lot,'' he said. ``Right after they put the numbers up, my mouth was open for a while. I looked at the first two numbers, then I kept looking at the other numbers and I said, `What the heck's that comma doing there?'''

This year, on-track betting on the Derby totaled $10,055,508 and off-track wagering soared to $93,270,002. The combined $103,325,518 marked the first time wagering on a North American race had topped $100 million.
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one each was sold at Philadelphia Park and Suffolk Downs

Dammit, I work 3 minutes from Suffolk Downs, I knew I should have gone there for Derby wagering.
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because, of course, simply by being there you would have made a $50 winning superfecta and collected your well deserved $43 million dollars.
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Everybody who went there Saturday won a million dollars...yeah thats the ticket.
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I went to the Kentucky Oaks which is the day before Derby. A lot of fun!

I'm from Kentucky and have never seen a horse race live before going to Churchill Downs.

Of course I didn't win any money but did Wager on the derby and lost as well.

I did see U2 in Chicago Derby nite. If I had gotten there earlier and saw Dallas I was going to ask him about it since he's from Louisville.

Oh well!
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Holy shit did anyone watch the Preakness? Scrappy T veered into Afleet Alex at the stretch and Alex stumbed, almost going down, but he recovered and ...won! I knew my boy would do it!
And the scarey thing is...I had a premonition, just a view minutes before the start of Alex going down horibbly. I said a prayer real quick for that horse..Boy am I glad I did. I shudder to think what would have happened if I didn't...And he got a superb Ride by his jockey Jeremy Rose...

I feel for Giacomo and his rider..but theres no shame in placing third.
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