With 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah running in the 2015 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, also known as the Spa, in Saratoga Springs, New York, on Saturday, August 29, 2015, this three-year old thoroughbred horse race has suddenly become very interesting. That is especially true from a betting perspective. Here is a list of ways that horse racing bettors can possibly get rich betting the 2015 Travers Stakes with American Pharoah running.
American Pharoah will be a heavy favorite in the betting odds to win the 2015 Travers Stakes but their is no guarantee he will win. Saratoga is well known as the Graveyard of Favorites or the Graveyard of Champions as all-time great horses like Secretariat, Gallant Fox and Man ‘o War all lost at Saratoga as heavy favorites. In 1973, Secretariat came to Saratoga as the Triple Crown winner that year and lost to the Allen Jerkens trained Onion by one length as a prohibitive favorite. The great Man o’ War lost for the only time in his career at Saratoga to a horse appropriately named Upset in the Sanford Stakes in 1919.
In 1930, the great Gallant Fox was 1-2 odds to win the Travers Stakes but he lost to a horse named Jim Dandy who was anywhere from 100 to 1 to 500 to 1 odds to win the race. There was no parimutuel wagering at that time in New York and bettors would bet on races with track-side bookies who offered different wagering odds. The amazing part about Jim Dandy’s win over Gallant Fox is that there were only four total horses in the race. So nothing is guaranteed in horse racing especially at Saratoga. American Pharoah should win the race but he is not guaranteed to win.
1. Bet the superfecta
To win a superfecta bet you have to have the first four horses in a race in exact order. The superfecta is not an easy bet to win but if you do manage to hit it you can make a lot of money for a very small wager. The superfecta offers the best way for you to get rich betting the 2015 Travers Stakes.
Over the last five years, the winning superfecta combo for the Travers Stakes averaged $15,408 for each $2 winning ticket. That is a massive return for just a $2 bet. Included in that calculation is a $10,237 winning ticket from 2011 when favorite Stay Thirsty won the race and a $20,673 winning ticket in 2012 when favorite Alpha dead-heated for the win.
So even if American Pharoah does win the 2015 Travers Stakes, the superfecta could still pay a very decent return for $2 bet if longshot horses fill out the winning ticket in the 2-4 slots. American Pharoah will be such a heavy favorite the superfecta is unlikely to pay over $10,000 if he wins but it could pay over $1,000 if the right horses fill out the winning ticket. If American Pharoah does not win the Travers Stakes, the winning superfecta could pay a tremendous amount of money especially if Pharoah runs out of the 1-4 spots.
2. Bet the trifecta
To win a trifecta bet you have to have the first three horses in a race in exact order. The trifecta is not the easiest bet to win but it is much easier to hit than a superfecta is and the trifecta can pay a lot of money for just a $2 wager. It offers bettors the second best chance to get rich betting the 2015 Travers Stakes.
Over the last five years, the winning trifecta combo for the Travers Stakes averaged $2,123 for each $2 winning ticket. While that is a lot less than the superfecta bet has averaged it’s still a massive return on a $2 wager. Included in that calculation is a $1,312 winning ticket from 2011 when favorite Stay Thirsty won the race and a $2,696 winning ticket in 2012 when favorite Alpha dead-heated for the win.
Once again, even if American Pharoah does win the 2015 Travers Stakes, the trifecta could still pay a very decent return for a $2 bet if longshot horses fill out the ticket in the second and third slots. If American Pharoah does not win the Travers Stakes, the winning trifecta could pay a tremendous amount of money especially if Pharoah runs out of the top three spots.
3. Bet to show if the conditions are right
To win a show bet the horse you bet on has to finish first, second or third in a race. It does not matter which spot your horse comes in, as long as the horse finishes first, second or third you win the show bet. Normally, a show bet does not pay great because all the money in the show pool has to be split among all the people who bet on three different horses but sometimes a show bet can return a lot of money.
The lowest amount of return you can get at the racetrack for a winning show bet is 5%. So if you bet $100,000 on a horse to show you are guaranteed to get back a minimum of $105,000, or a 5% return on the bet. Sometimes a bettor will wager a huge sum of money on a horse he or she thinks cannot run worse than third in a race and that can create a situation where a show bet can pay a ton of money.
If some billionaire thinks that American Pharoah cannot run worse than third in the 2015 Travers Stakes he or she might decide to wager $10 million on him to show to make a quick $500,000 in a little over two minutes. If that happens and American Pharoah does not run first, second or third in the race, all the other horses who do run first, second or third will pay a ton of money to show.
In the past, I have personally won as much as $70 on a show bet for a $2 wager. A friend of mine once won $125 on a show bet of $2 when someone placed a large bet on a heavy favorite to show who ran out of the money. So watch the show pool for the Travers Stakes and if someone puts a huge sum of money on American Pharoah to show try betting another horse to show and if Pharoah runs out of the money and your horse is in the money you will win a lot for just a $2 wager. Even if American Pharoah runs in the money as long as your horse also runs in the money you will get back at least 5% for your wager ($2.10 for a $2 bet).
Good luck to American Pharoah and all the horses and especially to all the bettors in the 2015 Travers Stakes at beautiful Saratoga Race Course this Saturday!