Kentucky Derby units list for betting handle - ESPN

essentially the most-heavily-guess Kentucky Derby ever changed into gained with the aid of the biggest long shot in the field.

A record $179.0 million turned into wager within the pari-mutuel pool on Saturday's Kentucky Derby, a 17% increase over closing year and 8% better than the old list set in 2019, in accordance with the Churchill Downs. handiest $501,135 of the total amount wagered on the win pool changed into on rich Strike, the lowest of any horse within the field, in keeping with figures launched with the aid of the tune.

wealthy Strike, who went off at eighty-1, sprinted previous favorites Epicenter and Zandon within the remaining moments to tug off the 2d-greatest upset in the race's 148-yr history Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • rich Strike became an even greater lengthy shot in Nevada, where sportsbooks had offered odds on the Kentucky Derby winner considering that early in the yr. prosperous Strike can be discovered so long as 300-1 in March and at 200-1 on Saturday at Las Vegas sportsbook Circa. The lengthy odds attracted a flurry of late bets on rich Strike, turning what changed into a large win for most Nevada bookmakers into a small loser for Circa.

    "people love the longest pictures on the board, so we took a lot of little bets [on Rich Strike], $25, $50, here and there," Paul Zilm, a chance supervisor who oversees Circa's horse racing choices, advised ESPN. "It turned it right into a small loss for us."

    wealthy Strike wasn't even in the Derby field until Friday after a late scratch. Circa re-brought the colt to its submit-draw pool on Friday morning. Zilm estimated that he took seventy five-100 bets on rich Strike, many positioned in the ultimate 15 minutes in advance of the race in 125-1 to 150-1 range, well-nigh double what the tune odds were.

    "That added up without delay, but if I did it all over the place again, I doubtless would not trade plenty," Zilm pointed out. "lengthy-shot bettors bought their wish."

    Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, the Houston furnishings save proprietor widely used to make big bets, wasn't as lucky. McIngvale instructed the Las Vegas evaluation-Journal that he misplaced $2.6 million betting on the Derby, $1.5 million of it on a straight wager on favourite Epicenter to win. McIngvale used his huge bets on the Derby to mitigate a promotion at his furnishings keep, Gallery furnishings, that offered to refund purchases of at least $three,000 if the favorite won the Kentucky Derby.

    while Circa sports came up on the short end, different Las Vegas sportsbooks did well on wealthy Strike's upset. The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas stated it took "perhaps 10" bets on wealthy Strike to the win the Derby in its futures pool.

    "[We] held well-nigh the complete pool," Ed Salmons, vp of chance management on the SuperBook, told ESPN.

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