Woman’s Kentucky Derby Winning Streak ‘Unheard Of’, $1.2 Million On $18 Bet

Posted On : 05/08/2018

SELMA, TEXAS — This woman might be one of the luckiest in the world. She’s become a millionaire after placing this series of bets.

According to ABC News, the Kentucky Derby is called the sport of millionaires. And, it welcomes a newcomer — a Texan woman who has chosen to remain anonymous by name.

The source reports that the woman’s winnings equated to $1.2 million via an $18 bet. ABC mentions that she made the bet on a series of Kentucky Derby day races.

Reportedly, the woman submitted a “Pick 5” wager at the Retama Park racetrack on Saturday. From there, she was able to watch as each of her picks crossed the finish line in first place.

And apparently, the odds weren’t exactly in her favor either.


The source says it was a rainy, muddy day at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky — approximately 1,100 miles away from her location.

Accordingly, she bet on a horse named Justify…and he didn’t let her down. The source elaborates as follows.

“Not only did she pick Justify to win the Kentucky Derby, she selected the winners of all four races leading up to the main event, Rachel Bagnetto, spokeswoman for Retama Park, told ABC News.”

“It’s extremely rare,” Bagnetto noted. “To bet that little amount of money and win $1.2 million is unheard of. In fact, it’s the first time it’s happened at Retama.”

The woman’s “hot streak” began with the eighth race when 6-year-old Limousine Liberal won the Churchill Downs Stakes.

After that, her pick — Maraud — won the American Turf Stakes in the ninth race. Likewise, she continued on with Funny Duck to take the Pat Day Mile race, even while facing a 39:1 odds.

Moreover, the woman’s selection in the 11th race — Yoshida — was a 9:1 stretch. However, this one beat out the race favorite, Beach Patrol, by a nose in the Old Forester Turf Classic.

There was simply no stopping this woman’s streak. It was her time, and she took it for all it was worth!

ABC further reports that her easiest bet was, indeed, Justify. He was the favorite at 3:1 odds, and — of course — won the 144th Kentucky Derby.

Interestingly enough, ABC News states that her winnings almost matched the $1.24 million prize Justify won in the Run for the Roses.

The source mentions that 65-year-old Bob Baffert is Justify’s trainer. ABC reports as follows.

“The white-haired trainer smashed a jinx that stood for 136 years when Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 lengths on Saturday. Not since Apollo in 1882 had a colt won the roses without racing as a 2-year-old. Now, Baffert is in position to make another run at the Triple Crown. Three years ago, he trained American Pharoah to the sport’s first sweep of the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 37 years and just the 12th ever.”

In addition, it seems that the Derby record for most wins by a trainer is reachable for Baffert. With his fifth victory, he only trails Ben Jones, who has six.

“Justify is just as impressive,” ABC mentions. “The imposing chestnut colt with the blaze running from his eyes to the tip of his nose improved to 4-0 — winning his races by a combined 21? lengths. The favorite won for the sixth year in a row, the longest such run since the 1970s.”

All in all, this woman gets a huge congratulations.

Hopefully, such luck will hit us all one day.

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