A Wynn Las Vegas bettor won $150,000 on a $500 futures bet placed on Justify in 300-1 odds in February to win Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
The bet was made four days until Justify won his first race Feb. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello stated that he got a call from a respected horse player he understands asking odds about the colt and he originally offered him 250-1.
Avello said he moved the odds to 300-1 mostly due to how no horse because Apollo in 1882 had won the Kentucky Derby after not rushing as a 2-year-old.
“He explained ,’Two fifty? A horse has never won the Derby coming out in the time.’ I gave him 300-1,” Avello said. “I get requests all of the time (to bring a horse to the Derby board). Normally, starts aren’t made by horses late. “That horse, 149 out of 150 times, is not going to reach the Derby.”
Justify, trained by Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert, won his second start March 11 in Santa Anita but still needed to qualify for the Kentucky Derby by winning or placing in the Santa Anita Derby, which he won.
“And when he runs second, Baffert might have not even sent him into the Derby,” Avello said. “Everything needed to go right and the horse was great enough to make it move right.”
$200 to win $15,000 on Justify
A William Hill bettor won $15,000 on a $200 futures wager placed on Justify in 75-1 chances in February following his maiden race.Triple threat
Justify was accessible at 8-1 odds to win horse racing’s Triple Crown prior to the Derby but is currently 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 at 2015.
“The Preakness should be a walk in the park and we’ll see just how many horses move up against him in the Belmont,” Avello said. “He’s going to be a short price in both races. He certainly looks like a superhorse.”
Knight moves
The Knights are estimated to be small underdogs in the Western Conference finals, whether or not their opponent is the Winnipeg Jets or the Nashville Predators.
Westgate sports book director Jeff Sherman jobs the Jets or Predators to maintain the array of minus 150 or minus 160 series favorites within the Knights, who would be plus 130 or and 140 underdogs. “The sole change is they won’t possess home-ice benefit,” Sherman explained. “They begin with just two on the road. It is going to be tough if they get down 0-2.”
Of action on Conn Smythe
Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is your 7-1 next choice to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Unsurprisingly, Fleury represents the largest 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 the second-largest liability.
Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele is your 6-1 favorite and Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is your 8-1 third option.
Other Knights on the board are William Karlsson in 25-1, Jonathan Marchessault at 30-1 and Erik Haula in 100-1.
Contact writer Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.

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