Bettors waited in line Thursday at the Westgate to place up to two wagers at a time at a limit of $2,000 each. Most of them then would go to the back of the line and wait their turn again.
The morning line favorites both are out of Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park, turning the race into a wide-open betting affair.
After paying out millions of dollars on Chiefs-49ers teasers and parlays, the books took a little solace in a compelling Super Bowl LIV matchup.
Brent Musburger says the Chiefs will cover the 7-point spread against the Titans, and the 49ers will win but not cover the 7½-point spread vs. the Packers.
The Titans are the surprise team in the NFL’s final four. But the cosmic tumblers appear to have clicked into place for the Chiefs to go to the Super Bowl.
The haze may begin to dissipate on Saturday as a full field faces the starter in the $200,000 LeComte Stakes (Grade 3) at the Fair Grounds.
“(Tennessee’s upset) ranks up there with one of our best decisions ever outside of the Super Bowl,” Westgate vice president Jay Kornegay said. “(Sunday) was a different story.”
VSiN columnist and talk-show host Brent Musburger likes the 49ers and Packers as home favorites and the Titans and Texans as road underdogs in the NFL playoffs.
Sharp bettors liked that the Vikings covered as 7-point underdogs at New Orleans, and they’re backing Minnesota again as a 7-point underdog at San Francisco.
Despite calls for more transparency in horse racing, an ongoing contract dispute between Churchill Downs and Nevada casinos is unfolding entirely behind closed doors.