Owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is planning to bet at least $2 million to win on Essential Quality (Tapit) in Saturday’s GI Kentucky Derby as a hedge to cover the costs of a furniture promotion underway at his Gallery Furniture stores.
What was the biggest bet on the Kentucky Derby?
Texas Man to Drop $4 Million in Largest-Ever Wager at Kentucky Derby. Jim McIngvale has become notorious in Houston for mixing business and pleasure.
How much did Mattress Mack bet on Derby?
Update: ‘Mattress Mack’ bets $2.4 million on Essential Quality to win Kentucky Derby. Update: According to NBC, “Mattress Mack” has now bet $2.4 million to win on Essential Quality.
Who is Kentucky Derby favorite?
Cox’s Essential Quality is the 2-1 favorite in the latest 2021 Kentucky Derby odds, while Mandaloun and Baffert’s Medina Spirit are both 15-1. Midnight Bourbon (20-1) and Super Stock (30-1) also are long shots to finish at the front of the 19-horse 2021 Kentucky Derby field.
How much do jockeys make?
Pay for jockeys varies and is based upon the experience and track record of success. In 2015, beginning jockeys earned $28 per race on the low end and as much as $124,000 for the top prize in a premier race. Even in a Triple Crown race, jockeys that don’t finish in the top five make as little as $500.
Why did King fury scratch?
— According to trainer Kenny McPeek, King Fury has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby due to a fever. The horse was slated to run from Gate 16 in the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday and had 20-1 odds for the race.
How much money do you get for the Kentucky Derby?
Prize money breakdown for Kentucky Derby 2021
How much did Mattress Mack bet on Essential Quality?
Jim McIngvale – also known as “Mattress Mack” – had already bet $1.3 million to win on Essential Quality as of 2 p.m. CT Saturday and was expected to place even more money on the Brad Cox trainee and Blue Grass Stakes winner before Saturday evening’s race. NBC later reported his betting was up to $2.4 million.