TORONTO, December 19, 2017 – There were plenty of opportunities for horseplayers to win big at the 2017 Thoroughbred meet with huge payouts offered all season long. Join us as we take a look back at the biggest mutuel payoffs of the meet for each wager.
>> Win – $294.70
This Is the Way (#2) and jockey Sunny Singh pulled off the biggest upset of the meet rallying from last to first in the stretch of the eighth race on November 29 at odds of 146-1 for owner/trainer Gary Chudobiak.
>> Super High Five Jackpot – $134,230.22
The Mark Casse trainee Edisto Island (5-1) and jockey Rafael Hernandez led gate-to-wire in the 10th race on December 2 to top the 6-11-8-4-3 winning combination for the lucrative Thoroughbred Jackpot Hi-5 payoff. Alice’s War (41-1), Conquer the Sky (7-1), Sweet Escape (6-1) and Whispering Speaking (14-1) completed the top five finish order. A U.S.-based horseplayer made a 20-cent base bet for a total wager of $478.80 to take the six-figure pool.
>> Pick 3 – $21,579.75
The November 11 program kicked off with consecutive double-digit upsets in the first three races, which were won by Gosudarina (25-1), Spanish Express (25-1) and Arrius (29-1). The David Cotey-trained Arrius scored a front-running victory with Skye Chernetz aboard defeating favourite Colby Ol’ Fashion to complete the 7-8-3 winning sequence.
>> Pick 4 – $110,309.00
Roxy Red (2-1), Cape Zavata (74-1), Marcus (41-1), and Hockey Hall (9-2) prompted the six-figure Pick 4 payoff winning races four through seven on September 29. The longest shot on the board in the second leg of the wager, Cape Zavata and jockey Christopher Husbands caught 4-5 favourite Gentleman Jackson at the wire for trainer Mario Williams as part of the 3-10-8-6 winning sequence.
>> Pick 5 – $225,916.40
The August 26 combination of 7-4-11-2/7/10-8 was headlined by Ransom Rose (12-1), Wonder Gadot (8-5), Canada Wise Don (7-2), Golden Spear (9-5) – with Beyond Smart and No Risk No Reward scratched – and Tornado Cat (16-1). Jockey Isabelle Wenc reined home her first Woodbine winner in the sixth race (last leg of the wager) as the Shelley Fitzgerald-trained Tornado Cat swept by the popular race leader Malibu Bliss in the stretch.
>> Daily Double – $3,338.90
Broken Meadow (35-1) and Bangor Ridge (28-1) closed out the November 5 program with back-to-back upsets as the 6-9 winning selections. Trained by John Mattine, Broken Meadow and jockey David Moran got up late to prevail in a 10th race win photo in the opening leg of the wager.
>> Exacta – $1,775.70
With Emma-Jayne Wilson aboard for trainer Paul Buttigieg, Victory L. (30-1) took the lead in the stretch with Redwood Leif (43-1) coming on to complete the 12-6 Exacta in the fourth race on June 14.
>> Trifecta – $29,658.80
With MarkLee Buchanan aboard for trainer Gerald Seymour, R Boots Hall (56-1) passed Awesome At Last (10-1) in deep stretch with Scarlet Forester (34-1) finishing third for the 6-3-5 Trifecta in the eighth race on July 14.
>> Superfecta – $42,818.35
Trained by Ashlee Brnjas, Halo Express (14-1) and Sheena Ryan struck with an eighth of a mile to go and held off Bid’s Kid (41-1) by less than a length with Sheegweeha (10-1) and D’s Benefaction (11-1) completing the 10-13-5-9 Superfecta in the fourth race on August 13.