11/01/2006 12:00AM

One place for Cup parlays


The Breeders' Cup is a great day to parlay a small investment into a big payday. With huge fields and wide-open races filled with top-quality horses going off at big odds, it always leads to big prices in the pick six, pick fours, pick threes, superfectas, and even the trifecta and exacta pools.

But there's another way to parlay your way to a nice score by betting individual race matchups. The Marion Card, created by former Poker Palace race and sports book director Mark Marion, is the only licensed horse racing parlay card in the state. It hasn't been around for several years, but it has resurfaced at Jerry's Nugget in North Las Vegas, with Marion determining the matchups.

"I wanted to do something unique in town to get players to come down and see what a nice book we have here," said Jerry's Nugget race and sports book director Mark Dufty, who also runs a weekly football contest for the Palomino Club across the street. "This fits the bill and gives people another way to bet the Breeders' Cup that they can't find anywhere else."

The card is set up like a football parlay card, with at least one head-to-head matchup in each Breeders' Cup race, and an expected 12 matchups overall. Going 4 for 4 pays off at odds of 9-1 and odds go up to 500-1 for going 10 for 10. A lot of matchups will be of horses of similar odds, but Marion has been known to put his opinion into the matchups, so there could be some value to be found.

The card will be available on Friday.

BC seminars and radio shows

The only Friday night Breeders' Cup seminar in town this year will be by Jerry Jacovitz at 6op.m. at the Excalibur. Since I arrived in town right before the turn of the century, there have been at least two seminars in town each night before the BC and often three competing for the same audience, but now Jacovitz has the monopoly.

The only other public Breeders' Cup seminar to come across the DRF Las Vegas news desk is on Saturday morning at the Orleans with Race Day Las Vegas radio host Ralph Siraco and handicapper Jon Lindo. The seminar starts at 7 a.m. in the Mardi Gras Ballroom and will coincide with what they're calling a Breeders' Cup Bankroll Breakfast. Complimentary food and beverage will be served, and there will be cash drawings of up to $150 for the first hour. The seminar will broadcast live on KSHP AM-1400 for those in Vegas and worldwide on kshp.com and warpradio.com.

That will actually be the last radio show to air with Breeders' Cup selections before the races begin Saturday morning, but it's far from the only one for those wanting help with their handicapping.

* Andy Beyer was scheduled to appear on the Leroy's Sports Hour from 2-3 p.m. Pacific on Thursday on KENO AM-1460 and americanwagering.com (follow the Leroy's links to the radio show listings for the live streaming). If you miss the original airing, it will also be archived at that website.

* Friday's shows include the weekday Race Day Las Vegas radio show from 9-10 a.m. Pacific on KSHP, the Sportline Show with Dave "the Meatman" Scandaliato from noon-2 p.m. Pacific on KLAV AM-1230 and meatandpotatoes.com, and LVSC's Just for Openers from 6-7 p.m. Pacific on KENO AM-1460 and available on vegasinsider.com on the radio links. That last show, which will be done from the Sunset Station with me as a call-in guest, will also be archived.

* For early risers and those on the way to the Bankroll Breakfast, there is the Saturday Morning Hangover show from 6-7 a.m. Pacific on KENO AM-1460 with host "Ballpark" Frank Harnish. I will be making an appearance. And then there's Track Talk with John Kelly, Gordon Jones, and Patrick McQuiggan from 7:30-8 a.m. Pacific on KLAV AM-1230.

Sports book notes

While the Breeders' Cup will be a big part of the day for horseplayers and sports fans, it's not the only game in town. There, of course, will be a full slate of college football games with most of the nation's top teams in action - with the notable exception of the No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 5 Louisville battle that was to be played Thursday night. Capping off the sports day will be the WBC welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Carlos Baldomir at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Baldomir is the defending champ, but the undefeated Mayweather is regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world and is a decided -600 favorite (risk $6 for every $1 you want to win).

At that price, it's expected that Mayweather will add another championship belt to his collection, but underdog bettors are encouraged by the fact that Baldomir upset previously undefeated welterweight champion Zab Judah last January in New York, Judah's hometown, then defeated Arturo Gatti in Atlantic City, Gatti's hometown, and is now facing Mayweather in Las Vegas, where Mayweather resides. But I wouldn't bet on it.

* The Chase for the Cup in the Nextel Cup racing series is getting more and more attention. Jimmie Johnson is the hottest driver on the circuit with a win and two second-places finishes in the last three races, and Station Casinos has him as the 6-1 favorite to win Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth, the current points leader with Johnson on his tailpipe, is the co-second choice at 8-1 with Tony Stewart, the defending champ who isn't eligible for the points title but who won last weekend at Atlanta. Other top contenders are Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards at 10-1 and Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, and Greg Biffle at 12-1.