ILLINOIS'S Kristi Yamaoka made countless highlight reels recently. The Saluki
cheerleader fell from atop a human pyramid, then continued to perform her
routine as she was stretchered off the court. If railbirds at Hawthorne Race
Course outside Chicago recalled that story as they made their bets on March 7,
they may have cashed in big. The fourth race was won by a 4-year-old filly
(left) named Saluki Cheerleader, who paid $7.80 to win.
Of course, that's
hardly the first time an aptly named horse has produced a timely win. Here now,
a brief history of hunch betting.
The winners of the first three races on Ash Wednesday at Maryland's Laurel Park
are Vagabond Saint, Halo's Slate Clean and Nancy's Grace.
The day before Halloween, Ghostzapper wins the Breeder's Cup Classic at Lone
Irish Conquest conquers the field in the seventh at Gulfstream Park the day
before St Patrick's Day.
Baltusrol notches his first victory, at Arlington International Racecourse, an
hour after Lee Janzen wins his first U.S. Open title--at Baltusrol.
Astute bettors get substantial returns when Tax Tip wins the seventh race at
In his career debut, Commissioner Bart wins the seventh race at Belmont, less
than a month after the death of baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti. No word
whether Pete Rose had any money on the horse.
Punters at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans receive some holiday cheer from--who
else?-- Santa Claus when that horse comes home first in the third race.