Indy woman wins Megabet on Kentucky Derby

Diane Bellamy and her husband, Clarence, make a yearly trip to Indiana Grand Racing & Casino to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby. This year, the trip for the retired couple got a little sweeter as Bellamy was one of three individuals drawn for the $1,000 Megabet promotion at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, selecting the winning horse of the Kentucky Derby and going home $3,900 richer.

Three names were drawn as contestants for the Kentucky Derby Megabet Drawing. Bellamy, who resides in Indianapolis, was the first name drawn followed by John Mattingly of Santa Claus, Ind. and Jeremy Sevier of Columbus, Ind. Each contestant was granted a $1,000 win wager on the Kentucky Derby and could select any horse they wanted in the 18-horse field. Mattingly and Sevier both chose Dortmund. However, Bellamy chose American Pharoah trained by Bob Baffert and cashed her win wager for a $3,900 payout.

“I let my husband (Clarence) pick the horse for me,” said Bellamy. “We only come out to the races once a year, but we come to the casino quite a bit. We have been here for the Kentucky Derby the past few years and it’s always a lot of fun. We brought six friends with us this year and they are having a ball. Winning this just made it even better.”

Bellamy’s cheering section watched as American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinosa, was within striking distance on the outside at the top of the stretch. The stretch drive turned into a three-horse battle between Dortmund along the inside and Firing Line between horses, but American Pharoah got the edge at the end and won by one length, making Bellamy and her friends a very happy bunch.

“Diane (Bellamy) didn’t know who to pick, so I told her to pick American Pharoah, and he was the favorite,” said Clarence. “I have been reading about him all week and about his trainer (Baffert), so I thought he was the one she should go with.”

American Pharoah paid $7.80 to win. Firing Line was second over Dortmund for third.

In addition to the Megabet drawings, Indiana Grand celebrated Kentucky Derby Day in style with a Derby Hat contest, a fancy shoe contest, live music provided by the band, Cook & Belle, and continued with live racing following the Kentucky Derby. Fans also enjoyed several on track promotions, including a t-shirt toss, Facebook Check-in contest and the Crosstown Showdown, a dual promotion with sister track Hoosier Park, which also conducted a Kentucky Derby Viewing party to celebrate the 141st running of the prestigious race.

On the track, jockey Israel Ocampo turned in the most productive evening. The native of Mexico, who is in his first year of competition at Indiana Grand, scored four wins out of eight Thoroughbred races on the program. Two Quarter Horse races completed the evening.

The 13th season of live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse continues through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Racing is conducted Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:05 p.m. with first post for Saturdays set at 6:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added Sept. 17, 2015 for the remainder of the 120-day race meet. The track’s signature event, the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby, will be held Saturday, July 18.