EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Hambletonian Future wager proved to be an extreme value play for those following and cashing in on the race winner Forbidden Trade. The son of Kadabra captured the $1 million event at The Meadowlands in dramatic style returning $33.80 to win for those placing wagers close to post time.
In the four separate Future wagers heading into the first jewel in Trotting’s Triple Crown sharp players saw profits rise from the opening wager until the last. Forbidden Trade returned $22 in the first pool that closed with just $1,810 wagered in total.
Price shoppers struck gold in the second pool when Forbidden Trade’s backers were rewarded with a $103.60 payout, more than triple his post time odds.
Forbidden Trade was still an overlay in the third Future wager with a $40.20 payout. The Hambletonian Future wager got significantly more traction as the race got closer to post time with $13,304 wagered in the fourth pool. Sharp players who backed the Ontario-sired colt trained by Luc Blais and driven most ably by Bob McClure took in $57.80 for a $2 wager nearly double the post time payoff.