Mattress Mack bet $1.2 million on Angel of Empire with about 50 minutes until post time, NBC's Steve Kornacki reported. Mack lingered at a window in the background as Kornacki explained how Angel of Empire would become the favorite with Mack's large bet.
Mage wins 2023 Kentucky Derby: Mage, who had 16-1 odds, pulls ahead to win the 2023 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
Lo and behold, the odds shifted as Kornacki spoke, with Angel of Empire moving from 9-2 to 4-1 and becoming the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Tapit Trice, the other co-favorite at the time of Mack's reported bet, still sat at 9-2 as of 6:10 p.m.
*UPDATE* (AND IT'S NOT GOOD FOR MATTRESS MACK): Mage, who had 16-1 odds, pulls ahead to win the 2023 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
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Mack is well-known on social media for being a avid sports bettor with large sums gambled. He bet $1.5 million last year on Epicenter to win the 2022 Derby. Rich Strike, the 80-1 longshot, made the final stretch run to win last year's race.
In 2021, Mack bet $1.3 million on Essential Quality, who finished third behind Derby winner Mandaloun.
This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Mattress Mack bets $1.2 million on Angel of Empire for Kentucky Derby 2023