The excellent news is that the 2022 Kentucky Derby will likely be a terrific race this 12 months as a result of the highest 5 favorites — in descending, morning-line order of low to excessive odds — Zandon, Epicenter, Messier, Mo Donegal and Taiba are typically talking, relatively bunched in abilities and eventually report rearing to go. The dangerous information is that, 700 miles south of Churchill Downs, the irrepressible Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, the well-known Houston furnishings magnate, will likely be participating in his now-annual spring promotion by betting between $2 million and $3 million on the race. Final 12 months he really dropped on as much as Churchill, which is his wont, to do it on race day on the monitor.
He’s obtained a lot to do in Kentucky anyway, checking up on Runhappy, Mr. McIngvale’s Thoroughbred champion standing at stud. As we all know, final 12 months he put between $2 million and $4 million on Important High quality. And, similar to that, he watched it experience away into the mists of time as Important High quality ran a dispiriting fourth to Medina Spirit, Mandaloun, and Sizzling Rod Charlie.
So, his bracing play didn’t cowl the mattress/furnishings promotion in any case, however gauging from the protection, together with on this area, Mr. McIngvale positively obtained greater than $4 million in free publicity for the considerably chaotically and extravagantly marketed Mattress Mack “model.” Corresponding to it’s. Within the image above, Mr. McIngvale’s choice as a Houston enterprise honoree in 2018 was celebrated in a semi-formal kilt-wearing trend occasion. Together with Mr. McIngvale as a runway star with the compulsory sporran, knee socks, the high quality darkish epaulets on the ur-Scottish quick jacket, the entire package. Pure showman.
On the 2022 Derby, comparable McIngvale-levels of chaos await the Derby gamers regardless of the place they lay down their money — Vegas, Churchill/Twinspires, over the pond at William Hill, et al. Naturally, the McIngvale odds twister will likely be felt most keenly at Churchill, however, per power, the race itself brings a completely totally different solid of characters, that includes a distinct leaderboard and totally different attainable spoilers.
Enjoyable as it’s to look at Vegas sports activities books primarily attempt to run from the McIngvale cyclone, the Derby area is basically excellent news as a result of the comparatively shut “bunching” of the highest 5 faves within the odds signifies that Mr. McIngvale’s veering, careening and caroming hither and yon along with his digital satchel of $2 million-plus will itself require a bit extra exhausting evaluation to truly determine a favourite. Who’s the highest favourite for the 148th Kentucky Derby? No one actually is aware of. McIngvale’s is a play on the nostril, in any case.
Put one other manner, within the doing he might not have a tougher time selecting a horse — he may stick to Epicenter — however the area gives extra, higher, non-McIngvale selections bunched up round Epicenter (or whomever the furnishings mogul bets and thus loopily weights), in order that bizarre bettors can acquire extra of a footing boxing whomever he doesn’t decide with, say, Zandon, Taiba, Mo Donegal, or Messier. Who is aware of, you may even make some cash off expensive previous Mattress Mack.
Welcome again, Mr. McIngvale, very long time no see! We’ve got a suggestion in your nickname. We all know it’s in style in Houston, nevertheless it doesn’t have a lot traction up in Kentucky, or elsewhere on the nation’s beautiful tracks. We expect you ought to alter it to replicate extra what you do in racing. “Bigfoot” has a pleasant ring to it.