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The Week in Review: December 20, 2018
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018
by: Valerie Mellema
Here's a round up of horse racing headlines this week heading into the Christmas holiday!
New Jersey Makes Agreement for Mobile Sports Betting
The operator of Monmouth Park, Darby Development, and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NJTBA) have reached an agreement with theScore, Inc to launch mobile sportsbetting in 2019. Via theScore, fans will be able to enjoy online and mobile sportsbetting throughout the state, subject to receiving the required approvals and licenses from the state. Once approved by the state gaming officials, the new platform will be come available mid-2019.
Remington Park Releases Season Betting Records
As Remington Park wrapped up their 2018 racing season, the track marked two new records with the largest payouts ever for the Primetime Pick 4 and Pick 5. On Oklahoma Classics Night, October 19th, THREE CHORDS won the 7th racing at 19-1 odds. This win was key to reaching the largest 50 cent Primetime Pick 4 payout in track history at $78,877.70. The rest of the sequence included SYDNEY FREEMAN (5-20) winning the Oklahoma Classics Distaff, STARLING (66-1) winning the Oklahoma Juvenile and SHE'S SHINEY (9-1) winning the Oklahoma Classics Lassie. One lucky better took the entire pool home with all four on their ticket.
The second big record was the Pick 5 on October 26th with COMO SE LLAMA (3-2), QUALITY ROCKET (5-2), NORCO (4-1), NAIVASHA (26-1) and ALTERNATIVE SLEW (7-1) winning to mark a record payout of $16,747.35. One ticket had all five winners on it.
These are just two of the highest betting records set during this season's meet. There were also 130 exotic wager payouts that lucky fans cashed in on. Remington Park's Thoroughbred meet has now come to close and will begin Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa racing on March 8th.
Gulfstream Park's Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pays $580,000
One ticket for Gulfstream Park's 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot worth $580,349.19 was sold on Wednesday. The multi-race wager had not paid out to a single winner for the first 12 programs of the meet. The carryover jackpot is only paid out when one ticket is sold with all six winners. When there is no winning ticket, 70 percent of the day's pool goes back to the bettors with tickets holding the most winners. Thirty percent is carried over to the pool. Wednesday's winning combination was 7-1-1-4-3-4 and was purchased through XpressBet. The Rainbow 6 will start over Thursday with the six race sequence being Races 5-10.
We joined in on the big-ticket party too. You could have paid for a family vacation yesterday at TAMPA BAY DOWNS using our top four picks in the fifth race. Our fourth pick, MAN UPSTAIRS (PP: 7) won and paid $38.60. The five, OLLIVANDER, which was our top-choice, finished second. Our third selection, MUSTANG POWER finished third and paid $5.20 to show. Finally, GIFTED PATH (PP: 2) rounded out the first four finishers and our top four selections.
The $2 exacta paid $202.20
The $2 trifecta paid $1,309.60
The $2 superfecta paid $4,594.00
That's a total of $6,105.80.
How does Hawaii sound this time of year?
Bookmakers Noting Top Kentucky Derby Contenders
As the year winds down, the anticipation of the Kentucky Derby draws stronger. Bookmakers are looking at the top contenders as juveniles work to earn their Kentucky Derby points. As of now, five horses are standing out as the cream of the crop and include:
Have a great week!
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