Former Vikings head coach and Chicago Bears coordinator Mike Tice had the luck of his life on vacation recently, winning $100, 796.20 at the racetrack by hitting a Pick 6 at Del Mar Surfside Race Place in Southern California.
ESPNChicago.com reported that while on vacation, Tice, an avid better of the ponies, went on quite the run of wagering while on vacation in California. Being the only bettor to hit the Pick 6 at the racetrack on Thursday.
When racing season opened last week at Del Mar, Tice, his son Nate and wife Diane traveled to San Diego for a short three-day vacation. During the vacation, Tice hit a Pick 6 at Del Mar on Friday and cashed in approximately $4,000.
After returning to the Seattle area, where his home is undergoing a major renovation, Tice said he called his wife, who was traveling in Minnesota, to inform her he wanted to pull $200 from their bank account to put into his online account to place a bet.
The Pick 6 is a betting option at racetracks where bettors are required to select the winning horse in six consecutive races. The Pick 6 at Del Mar on Thursday began with the third race and ended with the eighth. Tice wagered $128 for Thursday’s Pick 6.
The winning horse in Race 4 on Thursday was named Tebowing.
“I sat down to watch the race, and I swear, you’d have to look at the replay. It was a head bob for the win,” Tice said. “I didn’t know if I won, took second or whatever. I was on the phone with Diane, and she was actually sitting on the tarmac. I told her that I might have won, and I was on the phone going crazy. Then the girl at the place is announcing the winner, and she’s like, ‘Can you please put your phone away and keep it down?’”
Was it luck?
“Sure, there’s some luck involved,” Tice said. “But I had the format down for two days and handicapped it.”
Out of football, Tice seems to have a future ahead of him in handicapping horses if his recent streak at the track is any indication.