Las Vegas bettor wins $150K on $500 Kentucky Derby futures wager

A Wynn Las Vegas bettor won $150,000 on a $500 futures bet placed on Justify in 300-1 chances in February to acquire Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
The bet was made four times before Justify won his first race Feb. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Wynn Las Vegas sports book manager Johnny Avello said he got a call from a respected horse player he knows requesting odds about the colt and he originally offered him 250-1.
Avello said he moved the odds to 300-1 largely due to how no horse since Apollo in 1882 had won the Kentucky Derby after not rushing as a 2-year-old.
«He explained ,’Two fifty? A horse hasn’t won the Derby coming out at the moment.’ I gave him 300-1,» Avello said. «I get requests all the time (to bring a horse to the Derby board). Usually, horses do not make starts late. «That horse, 149 out of 150 times, isn’t going to reach the Derby.»
Justify, trained by Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert, won his next beginning March 11 in Santa Anita but nevertheless needed to qualify for the Kentucky Derby by winning or placing in the Santa Anita Derby, which he won.
«And if he runs second, Baffert may haven’t even sent him into the Derby,» Avello said. «Everything had to go right along with the horse was good enough to make it go right.»
$200 to win $15,000 on Justify
A William Hill bettor won $15,000 on a $200 futures bet placed on Justify in 75-1 odds in February following his maiden race.Triple threat
Justify was available at 8-1 odds to win horse racing’s Triple Crown prior to the Derby but is now at 7-5. No is minus 160.
He represents a six-figure responsibility to Wynn Las Vegas to win the Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont) and Avello enjoys Justify’s opportunities to become the first horse to accomplish the feat since American Pharoah in 2015.
«The Preakness should be a stroll in the park and we’ll see just how many horses go up against him at the Belmont,» Avello said. «He is going to be a short cost in both races. He certainly looks like a superhorse.»
Knight moves
The Knights are estimated to be little underdogs from the Western Conference finals, whether or not their competitor is the Winnipeg Jets or the Nashville Predators.
Westgate sports book manager Jeff Sherman projects the Jets or Predators to maintain the range of minus 150 or minus 160 series favorites over the Knights, who would be plus 130 or plus 140 underdogs. «The sole change is they won’t have home-ice benefit,» Sherman explained. «They begin with just two on the road. It’s going to be hard if they get down 0-2.»
Of action on Conn Smythe
Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is the 7-1 second choice to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Unsurprisingly, Fleury signifies the most significant liability, at five figures, on the award at the Westgate. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, in 25-1 entering Monday’s Game 6 against the Jets, is your second-largest liability.
Winnipeg centre Mark Scheifele is your 6-1 popular and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is the 8-1 third choice.
Additional Knights on the board are William Karlsson at 25-1, Jonathan Marchessault in 30-1 and Erik Haula in 100-1.
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