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Richland Hills man wins biggest payout in Lone Star Park history

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., riding Creator, celebrates after winning the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday in New York.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., riding Creator, celebrates after winning the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday in New York. AP

Saturday was a big day for Arlington horse trainer Steve Asmussen, who captured his first Belmont Stakes victory when Creator beat Destin by a nose at the wire.

But Asmussen wasn’t the only North Texan cashing in on the Belmont.

Buddy Owens of Richland Hills won the largest payout in Lone Star Park history on the races from Belmont Park on Saturday, according to a report from KRLD.

Actually, he asked a friend to place a Pick 6 bet on the simulcast of the races held at Belmont Park in New York. That’s right, he wasn’t even at the Grand Prairie track. He was watching from the comfort of his living room.

But he nailed all six of the Pick 6 races, earning a whopping $702,114 on an initial bet of $486.

“I was going crazy,” he told KRLD, adding that he does plan to give his friend a cut of the winnings, which nearly totaled much as Creator’s first place check of $800,000.

The horse, owned by WinStar Farm of Kentucky, shared its fortune with another lucky winner Saturday, too. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay bought a minority stake in the horse on Wednesday of race week.

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