Finally, Benter sent an anonymous letter to the Jockey Club’s directors explaining his intentions. But the organization never shared it with the public. (Club spokeswoman Samantha Sui told Bloomberg Businessweek, “We are not in a position to disclose or comment on matters related to specific customers due to privacy and confidentiality concerns.”) At the time, head of betting Henry Chan told the Morning Post that there was no way of knowing who the ticket holder was. “Although this is bad luck for one winner,” he said, “it means there will be a lot of winners through the charities.”
The following year the Hong Kong Jockey Club phoned Benter at an office he’d established in Happy Valley. He winced, remembering the meaty hand of the Las Vegas pit boss on his shoulder. But instead of threatening him, a Jockey Club salesperson said, “You are one of our best customers. What can we do to help you?” The club wasn’t a casino trying to root out gamblers who regularly beat the house; its incentive was to maximize betting activity so more revenue was available for Hong Kong charities and the government. Benter asked if it was possible to place his bets electronically instead of over the phone. The Jockey Club agreed to install what he called the “Big CIT”—a customer input terminal. He ran a cable from his computers directly into the machine and increased his betting.
Stephen Foster Handicap Night - Pavel was a mild upset winner in the 2018 Stephen Foster (G1) at Churchill Downs by 3 3/4 lengths over Honorable Duty and Matrooh. Also on the card were the Fleur de Lis (G2) won by Blue Prize, the Matt Winn (G3) won by King Zachary, the Regret (G3) won by Beyond Blame, and the Wise Dan (G2) won by Mr. Misunderstood. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
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2018 Cigar Mile Day Results - Saturday at Aqueduct, Patternrecognition held off True Timber to win the Cigar Mile (G1) by 3/4 length while favorite Mendelssohn finished 4th. Also on the card, Marley's Freedom won the Go For Wand Handicap (G3), Maximus Mischief won the Remsen (G2), and Positive Spirit won the Demoiselle (G2). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
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One major type of Thoroughbred horse race is the handicap race, in which the weights horses must carry during a race are adjusted in relation to their age (the more immature the horse, the less weight it carries). In this system, a two-year-old, the youngest racer, competes with less weight to carry than a horse that is three years or older. In general, a horse is reckoned as being fully aged at five years and is handicapped accordingly. There are also sex allowances for fillies, so that they carry slightly lower weights than males. Weight penalties or allowances are also provided on the basis of individual horses’ past performance. Such handicaps may be set centrally where racing is so controlled or by individual tracks, the goal being to render all horses as nearly equal as possible by establishing what is called racing form. The handicap race thus represents an outright repudiation of the classic concept that the best horse should win. Instead, handicaps are assigned with the specific objective of giving all the horses in a race an equal chance of winning.
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After a couple of years, Benter was playing quietly at the Maxim one day when a meaty hand descended on his shoulder. “Come with me,” said a burly guy in a suit. In the back, Benter was shoved into a chair and told to produce some identification. He refused. The guard walked out, and an even more menacing guy walked in: “Show me your f---ing ID!” Benter got out his wallet.

Gotham Stakes Day at Aqueduct - Enticed won the featured Gotham Stakes (G3) by 2 3/4 lengths over longshot Old Time Revival and favorite Free Drop Billy. Also on the card, Skyler's Scramjet won the Tom Fool Handicap (G3), Divine Miss Grey won the Heavenly Prize Invitational, and Harlan Punch won the Stymie Stakes. Get the results, charts, and photos here.


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Santa Anita Derby (G1) Day - Saturday at Santa Anita, Justify turned back a challenge by Bolt d'Oro to win the Santa Anita Derby (G1) by 3 lengths with Core Beliefs third. Also on the card, Midnight Bisou won the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Fatale Bere won the Providencia Stakes (G3), Beau Recall won the Royal Heroine Stakes (G2), Spiced Perfection won the Evening Jewel Stakes, Heck Yeah won the Echo Eddie Stakes, and Quick Sand AA won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Stakes (G1) for Arabians. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Louisiana Derby (G2) day at The Fair Grounds - Favorite Noble Indy won the TwinSpires Louisiana Derby (G2) by a neck over Lone Sailor and My Boy Jack. Also on the card, Chocolate Martini won the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), Synchrony won the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (G2), and Good Samaritan won the New Orleans Handicap (G2). Get the results, charts, and photos here.

One Friday evening that autumn, after the handover of the territory to China, Benter paid for a hotel room in Hong Kong’s bayside North Point district. He made sure to get a space on the ground floor for easy access. He had helpers haul in laptops, a 50-pound printer, and stacks of blank betting slips. On Saturday morning—race day—they checked the internet connection and put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.


The 2017 Sovereign Awards - Pink Lloyd took home top honours as 2017 Horse of the Year, Champion Older Male, and Champion Male Sprinter in Canada at the 43rd annual Sovereign Awards on April 19. Mark Casse won his 7th straight Outstanding Trainer award and Eurico Rosa da Silva won his 5th Outstanding Jockey award. Get all the winners and photos here.
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Woods impressed Benter with his tales of fearlessness, recounting how he’d sneaked past airport security in Manila with $10,000 stuffed into his underwear. Most appealing, he pursued the card counter’s craft with discipline. His team pooled its cash and divided winnings equitably. Having more players reduced the risk of a run of bad luck wiping out one’s bankroll, and the camaraderie offset the solitary nature of the work. Benter joined the squad.
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Horse racing is a significant part of the New Zealand economy which in 2004 generated 1.3% of the GDP. The indirect impact of expenditures on racing was estimated to have generated more than $1.4 billion in economic activity in 2004 and created 18,300 full-time equivalent jobs. More than 40,000 people were involved in some capacity in the New Zealand racing industry in 2004. In 2004, more than one million people attended race meetings in New Zealand.[49] There are 69 Thoroughbred and 51 harness clubs licensed in New Zealand. Racecourses are situated in 59 locations throughout New Zealand.
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