Woman wins $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet
It’s referred to as the game of millionaires — and horse racing simply added a brand new one.
A Texas girl reaped $1.2 million on an $18 bet on a chain of Kentucky Derby day races, officers mentioned on Sunday.
The Austin girl, who didn’t need to be known, made a Pick five guess on the Retama Park racetrack in Salem, Texas, on Saturday and watched as every of the ponies she picked ran on a wet, muddy day on the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, some 1,100 miles away.
Not handiest did she select Justify to win the Kentucky Derby, she decided on the winners of all 4 races main as much as the primary match, Rachel Bagnetto, spokeswoman for Retama Park, mentioned.
“It’s extremely rare,” Bagnetto mentioned. “To bet that little amount of money and win $1.2 million is unheard of. In fact, it’s the first time it’s happened at Retama.”
The girl’s winnings just about matched the $1.24 million prize Justify gained within the famed thoroughbred Run for the Roses.
Her sizzling streak began with the 8th race on Saturday at Churchill Downs when 6-year-old gelding Limousine Liberal gained the Churchill Downs Stakes.
She picked Maraud to win the American Turf Stakes within the 9th race, and Funny Duck to take the Pat Day Mile race in spite of 39-1 odds. Her variety within the 11th race used to be Nine-1 longshot Yoshida, who beat out favourite Beach Patrol via a nostril within the Old Forester Turf Classic.
The girl’s very best bet used to be Justify, who used to be the favourite at Three-1 odds and gained the 144th Kentucky Derby via 2 1/2 lengths.
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