Big risks yield big rewards, but there are some outcomes that are just too improbable to come true.
Still, certain bets are just too risky and foolish to make.
Here are three bets that have no chance of paying off.
Note: All odds courtesy of BelmontStakes.com
Guyana Star Dweej to show
This horse has a morning line of 30-1 odds, which is tied for the worst in the race.
However, this horse's chances of winning are further hindered by the choice of Kent Desormeaux as its jockey. Desormeaux may be a Hall of Famer, but he is at a difficult point in his life after failing a Breathalyzer test prior to the Preakness Stakes.
Desormeaux has recently made admirable efforts to deal with his problems regarding alcohol abuse, as noted by Associate Press writer Jerry Bossert, via the New York Daily News. Still, getting a good race out of a long shot like Guyana Star Dweej would take an epic performance from the jockey.
It is next to impossible that a rider who has gone through so much in the past month will have the necessary focus to pull off an upset of this magnitude.
Street Life to win
Street Life is a talented thoroughbred with 8-1 odds to win. These are decent stakes, but this horse was doomed by a terrible draw.
Trainer Chad Brown’s horse will start out of the No. 1 post and be in danger of getting caught on the inside of the track.
If Street Life is pinned against the fence for even part of the race, it will struggle to make up ground and will have little chance at victory.
This horse has the talent to make a late charge and could even show, but after unfortunate luck in the draw, a victory is out of the question.
Dullahan (9-5) to win, Union Rags (3-1) to place, Paynter (7-2) to show
If there has been one lesson to learn from this Triple Crown season, it is that horse racing is anything but predictable.
There is no way the three favorites will finish in order, according to their pre-race odds.
This was made even more certain by the shocking news of I’ll Have Another pulling out from the race.
The odds changed dramatically and now the field is wide open. Anything can happen at the 2012 Belmont Stakes, except the expected.