10/31/2013 12:00PM

Dave Tuley: Jackpots raised for Breeders' Cup twin quinella


I miss a couple of things about the Breeders’ Cup. I miss when it used to be just a one-day event. I also miss when there were just seven or eight races as I personally found it easier to find live longshots.

What I don’t miss is going to the live event. In fact, I have never been to a Breeders’ Cup (though I guess I should add it to my bucket list) even though this will be the fifth time it’s being run just about 250 miles away at Santa Anita Park since I moved here in 1998.

But we have everything in Vegas that you can get at the host track – minus the smell of horse manure – and more in a lot of cases.

For starters, we have the same exact parimutuel betting menu, including the big pick fours and pick six. All the major casinos will offer head-to-head matchups, and you can shop around town for the best prices.

One thing we don’t have here is a major handicapping tournament on Saturday (though the LVH’s Pick the Ponies tourney started Wednesday and concludes Friday) while Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge with its $10,000 entry fee (with $7,500 used as a live bankroll). But if that’s outside your budget, the Jerry’s Nugget in North Las Vegas has a $10 entry fee contest (maximum three entries per person) with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000.

Jerry’s Nugget also has an exclusive head-to-head matchup parlay card, and it’s giving away a cooler tote with a $25 minimum wager. In addition, a $10 parimutuel wager on any BC race will get you a souvenir glass. Most other books in town will be giving away either a glass or a Breeders’ Cup T-shirt with a minimum wager of $20 or $25.

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Another promotion unique to Nevada books is the twin quinella, which require bettors to pick the top two finishers in two designated races for a shot at a big jackpot. A single quinella in each race would cost $2. You can box and wheel horses for the $2 minimum wager per combination. For instance, if you box three horses, that’s three combinations. Let’s say you do that in the two separate races, your ticket would cost 3 x 3 x the $2 minimum wager for a total of $18. The Station Casinos, which usually has a $5,000 twin Q on regular racing days, will have a $10,000 pool on Friday and $20,000 on Saturday. The South Point also is having a $10,000 twin Q on Saturday, using the Mile and the Classic, while the William Hill books are offering $5,000.

There are Breeders’ Cup handicapping seminars at the Palace Station at 6 p.m. Pacific on Thursday and at the South Point, Sunset Station and Boulder Station at 6 p.m. Friday.

Enjoy the Breeders’ Cup festivities from wherever you choose to watch the races.

Football betting board

Last week, I went 3-0 with my NFL plays. I had the Cowboys +3 1/2 vs. the Lions and that was mostly the right side and they ended up covering, despite the Lions winning, 31-30. I was regretting not using the under 51 most of the game, but the scoring picked up in the second half to go comfortably over. I also won with the Giants winning outright over the Eagles. I’m still not back to .500 in this column, but certainly looking a little more respectable.

Minnesota +9 1/2 vs. Indiana

Let’s start with a college play on Saturday. Minnesota is 6-2 and coming off an upset of Nebraska, Indiana is 3-4. Now, I can see Indiana as a small favorite with its potent passing offense and playing at home, but this line seems way out of whack, especially since the Golden Gophers have the much better defense. I also like Minnesota around 3-1 for the outright upset, but I will gladly take the points.

PLAY: Minnesota for 1 unit.

Falcons +7 1/2 vs. Panthers

The Falcons (2-5 straight-up and ATS) are one of the league’s most disappointing teams, while the Panthers (4-3 SU 7 ATS) have been a pleasant surprise, but I still think this line is overinflated at more than a touchdown (it was Carolina –6 just last week in advance wagering at the LVH).

PLAY: Falcons for 1 unit.

Bills +3 vs. Chiefs

Sure, the Chiefs are the NFL’s last undefeated team at 8-0, but they have failed to cover the spread the last two weeks in a 17-16 win over the Texans as a 6 1/2-point favorite and 23-17 as a 7-point fave over the Browns. The Chiefs are a solid team that wins with defense and running the ball, and they tend to grind out wins instead of winning blowouts. Now, this line is lower with the Chiefs on the road, but I think the Bills – who are 4-0 ATS at home this year against the Patriots, Panthers, Ravens, and Bengals – are good enough to upset the Chiefs here.

PLAY: Bills for 1 unit.

NCAA record: 3-5 for net loss of 1.5 units (based on risking 1.1 to win 1). NFL record: 6-8 for a net loss of 2.8 units.