Frustrated after he didn’t win a single one of his Kentucky Derby bets, Rick Broth left Churchill Downs in a hurry on Saturday evening.

Lucky for him, he had to turn around quickly.  

He had won. 

Broth won more than $47,000 wagering on Country House as a 65-1 long shot, he also collected another $100,000 in prize money as the winner of a high-stakes handicapping challenge called the Kentucky Derby Betting Championship.

“I went from being the biggest loser that ever lived to a great story,” Broth said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I’ve been taken down 100 times at the track for big money, so to be put up is just unbelievable.”

Gamblers across the nation placed just over $6.2 million in bets on the 9-2 race favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, according to statistics provided by a spokesman for the online horse racing site Nearly $1.5 million was bet on Maximum Security to place, as was almost $1.3 million on him to show.

At 65-1, Country House had the second longest odds of any Kentucky Derby winner, topped only by 91-1 longshot Donerail in 1913. According to the data from, gamblers placed $520,907 in bets on Country House to win.

The largest win bet on Country House reported by TwinSpires was $2,500, which would have paid a net $162,500. The largest win bet on Maximum Security reported by TwinSpires was $8,000, which would have paid a net $32,000.

What a derby!

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