Data collapsed on the 149th Kentucky Derby, the place Mattress Mack additionally made headlines for his $1.2m betting loss. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Churchill Downs and its sportsbook companions predicted an uptick in betting for the 149th version of the Kentucky Derby, and what an uptick it turned out to be. The occasion shattered its personal information for betting, recording $180m in wagers.
broke final 12 months’s report by a wholesome $11.4m
Saturday’s general betting complete was up virtually 7% on the 2022 Derby. It broke final 12 months’s report by a wholesome $11.4m, with betting charts revealing a wagering tsunami of straight pool wagers totaling $89.2m.
Serving to attain that determine was the furnishings retailer proprietor and high-stakes bettor Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale. Bleacher Report Betting shared a video of Mack putting a $1.2m guess on Angel of Empire:
Whereas Mack’s guess induced Angel to develop into a +400 favourite, its third-place end behind Two Phils and winner Mage will need to have left the Houston, Texas businessman with a face as pink as his rose-print swimsuit.
The build-up to the Derby was overshadowed by the demise of 4 horses in simply 5 days on the famed Churchill Downs racetrack. Coach Saffie Joseph Jr has been suspended amid an investigation into the deaths.