Rarely does a horse starting from the pole position go off at odds of 48-1. And if they do hardly ever do they emerge victorious. But sometimes they do win. Case in point: Wantasmile.
The 9-year-old Grinfromeartoear horse , who had only three thirds in seven previous starts, lit up the Monticello Raceway toteboard on Wednesday afternoon when driver Patrick Beeler found racing room along the pylons in the homestretch to get his 48-1 shot up in the final strides to collar 18-1 Tongue Twister and driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. in a 1:59 clocking over a wet and muddy racetrack.
Those who wagered on Wantasmile were certainly smiling when the pacer paid $99, $27 and $16 across the board. Tongue Twister returned $16.20 for place and $7.10 for show which sparked a $1,091.00 exacta payoff for those holding tickets on the 1-8 combination.
But it gets better.
When 11-1 shot Topgun Raider (Mike Merton) finished third and paid $7.40 to show the 1-8-4 trifecta payoff was $11,690. And despite second choice in the wagering, Happyending (Zeke Parker) finishing fourth, still 1-8-4-7 superfecta combination was worth a whopping $34,275. (Monticello)