A $2 win bet on Princess of Sylmar in the 133rd running of the Alabama paid $3, but a $15,000 bet paid $22,500.
Deborah White, of Gansevoort, was the only person at the Saratoga Race Course on Saturday who was concerned about the conversion, as she bet $15,000 on the race as part of an ongoing Saratoga 150 promotion funded by Marylou Whitney and husband John Hendrickson. The couple is funding five $15,000 bets during this summer's meet.
White plans on saving her winnings for her retirement, according to a news release. She currently works two jobs and described Saturday's win as life altering and the most exciting thing she has ever done.
Last week's bet was made by Adam McNeill, of Saratoga Springs, who won $21,000 with his bet on Wise Dan in the Fourstardave Handicap. The first bet was by Kevin Brockley, of Gansevoort, who made a $15,000 contribution to the track when he incorrectly bet on the Whitney Handicap on Aug. 3.
The big bets continue next Saturday with the Travers and on Aug. 31 with the $750,000 Woodward Stakes. People can still enter for both drawings by going to www.Saratoga150.com/contest..