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$2 bet pays track record $161; Strib handicapper's Pick-4 pays $1,400+

There was social media chatter Thursday about how that night's race card at Canterbury Park was filled with wide-open races, meaning that you stood a pretty good chance of making some good money -- if you picked the right horse or horses from among the many options.

In the fourth race, the right horse went off at 79-1 odds in a turf race among horses who had never before crossed the finish line first.

Congregation caught the race favorite at the wire -- paying $161 to win, $46 to place and $14.20 to show. The assortment of other bets you could make on the race also paid out very well, but the $161 was a record for a $2 win bet.

In addition, if you bet the Pick-4 suggested by Star Tribune handicapper Johnny Love (in which he chose the winners of Races 3 through 6), your $45 investment resulted in a $1,476.80. (One track veteran noted that the payoff would have been even bigger if Love hadn't suggested it to his followers as his 'Best Play' on the race card.)

How did he do it?

"When I first looked at Race 4, I saw a group of maidens that were unreliable and unsure about getting their picture taken in the winners circle," Love explained. "I thought they all had a fighting chance to win."

And he noticed something about Congregation that made her worth adding to the Pick-4 prediction:"Congregation was trying the turf for the first and caught a sloppy track last out. Her turf pedigree was better than many of her rivals, so why not give her a shot?"

Here's the race:

And here's the tote board:

Miguel Sano on being promoted to Twins: 'I've worked on everything'

There was great excitement Wednesday in Chattanooga and the reason was simple: Miguel Sano was being promoted from the Lookouts to the Twins.

First baseman Mike Gonzalez told the Chattanooga web site newsfreepress.com: "We all went crazy for him and gave him a hug, It's what we're here for, and it's great to see something like that happen to a great player like that."

Meanwhile, Sano talked about the challenges he knows are coming with the promotion.

"I've worked on everything," said Sano, who missed the entire 2014 season after Tommy John surgery on an injured elbow. "I tried to hit the ball to right field, to the middle and to left field. I tried to hit the breaking ball. I've had a lot of people helping me."

Former Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who manages the Class AA Lookouts, talked about the difference between Sano and Byron Buxton, who was promoted from the team and played 11 games before spraining his thumb: "I think Miguel is a different case than Byron, because if you had taken away Miguel's elbow injury, he would have already been (in the majors) Two years ago, if there was a better hitter in the minor leagues — I would have put him up against anybody. It took him some time, but you saw the last two weeks what he did two years ago, and that's what they were waiting on. He's using the whole field right now and driving the ball all over the place."

Sano hit .324 for the Lookouts in June with six home runs and 17 RBI, including 11 hits in his last 23 at-bats.

"It doesn't feel like it's real," Sano told reporter David Paschall. "I've called like a thousand people in my family."

You can read Paschall's full story, including Sano's thoughts about reuniting with the injured Buxton, here.

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