The Story Of How A Guy Turned A $500 Kentucky Derby Bet Into $150,000 Is Cold-Blooded
At Churchill Downs on Saturday, 3 to 1 favorite Justify won the with a time of 2:04.20 and became the first Kentucky Derby since Apollo in 1882 who hadn’t previously raced as a two-year-old.
If you placed a bet on Justify at those odds you probably didn’t make a lot of cash. However, if you happened to get a Kentucky Derby futures bet down on Justify before he ever won a race, say four days before he broke his maiden, you could have gotten 300 to 1 odds. Which is exactly what one gambler did, with a cold-blooded twist.
Saturday, Bill Krackombergery of Gaming Today tweeted a picture of a Kentucky Derby betting slip showing Justify at 300 to 1 odds with a link to the wild story behind the ticket.
One of my buddies received a call four days prior to the race in which Justify broke his maiden. He was told, “Bob Baffert (trainer) thinks he has a monster of a horse and will point him toward the Kentucky Derby if everything goes correctly.”
My friend repeated the story out loud when he hung up the phone; and one of the guys around him, (a so-called friend of his) heard it. This “friend” showed up a few days later with a Derby futures ticket on Justify to win at 300/1 ($500 to win $150,000).
Now my friend puts a claim in to his “friend” and says, “Hey, I told you about that horse, I deserve a piece of that ticket.” But the other guy claims he got a call the next day with the same horse and that is why he made the bet.