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Woman’s 10-cent bet pays $21,584 at track

From AP-

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. – A woman placed a 10-cent bet at a Michigan horse track and won $21,584, a track official says. The Michigan woman, whose name was not released, made the bet Friday at Sports Creek Raceway in Swartz Creek, about 55 miles northwest of Detroit.

She placed two 10-cent Superfecta bets on a race being simulcast from the Hollywood Park track in Inglewood, Calif. The Superfecta requires gamblers to pick the four top-finishing horses in correct order.

When I was single, I used to attend the races frequently. Often with my father who owned race horses. I was a $2 a race bettor.(Being a serviceman, I was never flush with cash to bet) That way you lost little or as it goes only won a little. Having grown up following harness horse racing, I knew how to read a race program and handicap a race.

The best I ever came out ahead for one night was about $150. I hit a $2 Quinella(Pick the top two horses in one race, not necessarily in order) for approximately $115.

I’m guessing the woman in the story played a house or phone number, lucky numbers or something like that. A ten cent bet to me marks an amateur. Who knows or cares for she hit the jackpot.

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