Do you think for a minute that the House doesn’t have the Advantage? You bet it does and Horse Racing isn’t any different. Millions are Won. Millions are Lost. But BET? You Shall…
Okay, say a million dollars is wagered on a particular race. Ernst explains that, according to California law, the racetrack is required to keep 15.43 percent of that, or $154,300, while $845,700 is paid out to winning bettors. Then, of that $154,300, about 45 percent goes to the horse owners who finish in the money (first place gets 60 percent; second place gets 20 percent; third place gets 12 percent; fourth place gets six percent; and fifth place gets two percent). Then around 45 percent goes to the racetrack for operating expenses — what’s known as the takeout.
Last year at Del Mar, $650 million was wagered.
So, $97,500,000 was kept at just one Race Track. And was part of that money from your Bet? Did you?
But if the Jockeys are Holding Your Horse Back, WHY?
- Owner instructions to SAVE the Horse.
- Jockeys Making Bets among themselves.
- Race Track Tells How they want the Horses to Come in over the Finish Line.
You bet, there’s more to Horse Racing than just showing up and Making a Bet and crossing your fingers. Or Calling a Bookie.
Or bet Online. Over the Phone. But Betting can be highly addictive.
But Bettors and their Money are quickly separated.
Look closely at the following pics. Can you tell which Jockey is Holding the Horse Back? And some aren’t with Riders at all…
How a Horse starts out of the Gate Can deflate a Horses Ego quickly. Eating the Dirt from Hoofs being thrown into your face or the Face of the Horse from others Horses ahead of you will cause Will to Run Madness. And the Horse will literally QUIT on you.
Feeding the Horse in a Strange Way can cause Running Regrets. And they’ll Lose every time. Using Drugs can slow your Pony down or Speed Him up.
Racing on Swollen Ankles ain’t good either, but an Owner wants a Paycheck to Run.
Yes, there are lots of ways to FIX a Race. And you’ll never know all of them. But don’t think about it as you Bet. Odds are you are Gonna Lose anyhow. Just enjoy the Game. And watching some fantastic Horses running.
In 2019, during the course of a single racing season, more than 30 horses died at California’s Santa Anita Park. Allegations of doping have followed owners and trainers of Triple Crown winners. And in March 2020, 27 people were indicted over an alleged racehorse doping scheme.
Was your Horse DOPED? Died during the Race?
Jockeys will run their Horse into Yours on Purpose.
1970s: ‘Big Tony’ fixes hundreds of races
In the early 1970s, Anthony Ciulla, known as “Big Tony,” bribed jockeys in hundreds of races. They would usually be told to slow their horses so they didn’t finish in the top three, thus ensuring that less favored horses won and delivered big payouts. Ciulla once declared he’d been a fixer in all states with horse racing except California.
- Between 2017 and 2021, those 29 states have tallied at least 4,064 racehorse fatalities.
- More than two dozen trainers, who supervise the daily care and conditioning of their horses, have lost at least 10 horses in the past five years, including Robert A. Baffert, who trained Medina Spirit, the 2021 Kentucky Derby winning horse who later was disqualified.
- States have issued more than 4,400 sanctions against trainers and/or owners for drug-related violations during that 5-year period. In one case, the violations were so egregious that the trainer was banned from the sport until 2054 after eight of his horses tested positive for ostarine, a steroid-like drug that has no generally accepted medical use in racehorses.
Why do they whip the horses in the Kentucky Derby?
The purpose of the jockey’s whip is to make the horses run faster and to maintain speed when tiring towards the end of a race. Whipping the horses over and over again inflicts physical and psychological pain and increases the likelihood of injury.
But what happens when a Jockey whips your Horse in the face?
You lose your Bet.
Some criminals will toss Horse Treats into the Stall of your Horse laced with Drugs.
A Jockey Union once asked the Jockeys to write every way a Horse Race could be Fixed. And they came up with over 5,000 different ways. Those Ways have never been Published. But the reasons are pretty week embedded in GREED.
Inside Banca’s personal office on the barn’s second floor, agents found a handwritten ledger with a list of horses’ names. There was a syringe on top, along with a note offering instructions on how to administer a custom drug concoction through a tube inserted down a horse’s nose and throat, according to the federal complaint.
$1 million reward announced on 35th anniversary of Sydney racehorse trainer murder
How many times can jockeys allowed to whip?
The permitted number of uses of the whip with hands off the reins is 7 times for Flat races and 8 times for Jumps race. Stewards will consider whether to hold an enquiry if a rider has used his whip 8 times or more in a Flat race or 9 times or more in a Jump race or misused the whip in some other way.
Horse racing, The Sports of Kings, is also the Dark Underworld of Beating the Betters by Criminal Figures.
You bet and your Lost Big. And then ten years later, you find out the Race was Rigged. You find that they were all in on it. But what can you do?
Not Bet. But most will Bet because that’s part of the excitement and the beautiful Horses and the bright Colored Uniforms of the Jockey. You’re caught like a Big Fat Rat in the Horse Racing Trap.