Indianapolis man wins more than $10,000 in Belmont Megabet

A last minute decision proved to be a winning one for Tony Shockley. The Indianapolis man went against the odds and chose race winner Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes for his $1,000 Megabet at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. Shockley was one of three individuals to win a $1,000 Megabet on the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7. The other two participants chose heavily favored California Chrome for their Megabet Win wager.

“I was about to make my bet for California Chrome and at the last minute, I decided on Tonalist,” said Shockley. “I decided to take a risk and Racing Rachel (McLaughlin) said Tonalist would be a good longshot. Plus, I liked the jockey (Joel Rosario).”

Shockley accompanied his neighbor and friend, Erv, to the event at Indiana Grand. The duo made their first trip together to the track last October and have been coming out ever since.

“My friend, Erv, brings me here,” said Shockley. “We live close to one another and we have a lot in common. I asked him one day what he liked to do for fun and he said ‘bet the horses’ so I came out with him last year to the Indiana Derby, and we’ve been coming out together ever since. We were here for the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and now the Belmont so we’ve been here for all three of the big races.”

Shockley says he and Erv work on the handicapping together, using a strategy of looking at the program, selecting jockeys they like and how the horses have been doing in works. Then, they usually pool their money together and do a lot of boxes and wheels on exotic bets.

With the $1,000 win bet on Tonalist in the Belmont, Shockley earned a large sum on his wager. Tonalist’s final odds were 9-1, bringing a total payout of $10,200 to Shockley.

“I’m going to save the money,” said Shockley. “And, probably take my family on a vacation.”

Shockley and his wife, Michelle, have one six year old son, Dominic. Shockley owns his own construction company, Profinishing, Inc. He texted his wife following the big win to let her know about the wager he had won.

California Chrome, the highly touted winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, finished the Belmont Stakes in a dead heat for fourth place, ending his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

A large crowd was on hand to witness the Belmont Stakes along with the 10-race program at Indiana Grand. Racing fans enjoyed all types of promotions on track, including a t-shirt giveaway, drawings for prizes and the Sur-5-vor handicapping contest. There were no winners, so the jackpot for next Saturday’s Sur-5-vor contest increases to $450.

Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Saturday, Nov. 1 offering racing Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. with Friday and Saturday action beginning at 5:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added at 2:05 p.m. July 17. For more information, visit the Website at indianagrand.com.