Updated on 09/18/2011 12:13AM

Jazil's win beats the sports books


The history books will show that Jazil won the 2006 Belmont Stakes at odds of 6-1 and returned $14.40 for every $2 wagered.

But as everybody who plays futures knows, the widely accepted winning price isn't what everyone gets paid.

The Imperial Palace put up Belmont futures shortly after the Preakness, and Jazil opened at 12-1. Unlike the parimutuel pools, in which you don't know what odds you're going to get until the betting closes, that was the price you could have locked in on Jazil.

Mike Fay, specialty games manager at the IP, said early money came in on Jazil (since people figured he'd go off much lower), and he was available at 8-1 during most of the time leading up to the Belmont. Fay kept the future book open Saturday, and as Jazil was lower at the track, the IP got more money on Jazil and he closed at 7-1, paying $16 for a $2 bet.

"He was one of the ones we didn't need," Fay said. "We lost a little on it, but don't cry for us, as we did okay on the day with the increase of handle everywhere else."

* The Wynn Las Vegas had a proposition wager on whether the winning saddle number would be 1 through 6 or 7 through 12. The higher numbers opened at -110 and were bet to -130, and those bettors cashed when Jazil won as the No. 8. For trend followers, that should have been easy to pick as Barbaro and Bernardini were also No. 8 in the Derby and Preakness, respectively. The even also cashed at -120.

* Before the Kentucky Derby, Caesars Palace had a prop on "Will the Derby winner also win the Belmont?" with 7-1 offered on the "yes." With Barbaro sidelined, they didn't have to sweat out that action.

* After not getting hit on the Derby or Preakness, the Leroy's outlets finally had a winner in its twin quinella bet. After the Belmont, 20 tickets were alive with the combination of Jazil and Bluegrass Cat, but only one person had the quinella with Good Going Darl and Peconic Bay in Belmont's 13th race to win the $6,502 jackpot. Leroy's will be offering the twin Q again for the Breeders' Cup.

* At the Pinnacle offshore book, the over/under on the Beyer Speed Figure of the Belmont winner was set at 105.5. It opened at -108 for each side, but the money poured in on the under and was as high as -162 on the under before closing at -149 with +132 on the over. The majority of money was on the winning side as Jazil earned a 102 Beyer.

Sports book notes

Bettors weren't quite as prescient with the light heavyweight title bout between Antonio Tarver and Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night in Atlantic City. Tarver was bet from a -250 favorite to about -350 at most sports books, but Hopkins delivered a dominating performance with a 118-109 decision on all three judges' scorecards. It would be a perfect capper to his career if he follows through on his promise to retire (which we all know is never binding in the boxing world). Hopkins, who was between a 2-1 and 3-1 underdog depending on where and when you bet it, was stepping up two weight classes from the middleweight division that he owned for years. Note to self: Bet against boxers who are distracted while working on movies. Tarver had put on 40-plus pounds for his role in the upcoming "Rocky VI" and had to lose it for this fight. Lennox Lewis lost his heavyweight title in 2002 to Hasim Rahman, you might recall, after working on "Ocean's Eleven."

* Favorites reigned at the French Open as Rafael Nadal, the 4-5 pre-tournament fave and a -140 choice at the Mirage over Roger Federer in Sunday's finale, and Justine Henin-Hardenne, an 8-5 pre-tournament fave and -500 pick over Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday's final, won their respective singles brackets.

* Nextel Cup rookie Denny Hamlin got his first career victory, in Sunday's Pocono 500. He could have been had at odds of 25-1 at Station Casinos prior to winning the pole in qualifying.

* The Chicago Rush, after going 7-9 in the regular season, finished their improbable playoff run by defeating the Orlando Predators 69-61 Sunday to win ArenaBowl XX at the Thomas & Mack Center here in Las Vegas. The Predators were bet from 2- to 3-point favorites, but that didn't deter the Rush as they recorded their fourth straight upset in the playoffs. A boisterous crowd of 13,476 saw the game, which was the second-highest scoring game in ArenaBowl history, and easily eclipsed the "over" total of 98 points at local sports books.

Golf's U.S. Open starts Thursday

The U.S. Open will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and a lot of discussion will be about whether Tiger Woods will be more distracted after the death of his father or if he'll come out more focused.

The Las Vegas Hilton has Woods as the 9-2 favorite, with Phil Mickelson a solid second choice at 11-2 and then a big dropoff to Retief Goosen at 10-1, Jim Furyk at 12-1, and Vijay Singh and Ernie Els both at 15-1.

The Hilton has also updated its prop bets on how many majors Woods will win this year. After not winning the Masters, he's 5-7 to win zero majors, 3-2 to win exactly one major, 6-1 to win exactly two majors, and 40-1 to win exactly three majors.

It's interesting to note that Mickelson, who won the Masters, is still 100-1 to win the next three major tournaments compared to that 40-1 for Woods.

In their head-to-head matchup this weekend, Woods is a -125 favorite over Mickelson at +105. The Hilton had 14 other matchups posted Sunday night with prop bets expected to be available by Tuesday.