Handicapping is about picking winners, right?!
Such wagers in West Virginia are even more lucrative, paying (per state law) 10%, and especially came into vogue when a horse named Jax and Jill hit the bullring at Charles Town, attracting $350,000 of show money (86% of the total win-place-show pool) in the 2013 Sylvia Bishop Stakes last August.
Valuable lesson from Esquire's Horseplayers
The anti-"Sure Thing"
3 Horseplayers, 3 Scenarios
- Conte, as noted, went for the gusto on Qiaona (14-to-1) and Warren's Veneda (15-to-1)
- Christian Hellmers, looking to meet the contest mandate for minimum bets, wagered $500 on Doinghardtimeagain
- Kevin Cox, presumably aware of the bridge-jumper on Doinghardtimeagain, bet $100 to show each on Qiaona, Warren's Veneda and 6-to-5 second choice Sweet Marini.