'Scientist' nails $203,000 Pick 6 with $1,620
TRACK and Pools' newest tipping sensation, Sean 'Scientist' Prince, also known as 'Cloudy', went viral last Saturday when his $1,620 Sunrise Pick-6 netted $203,360.40, the second time he was hitting the bet since replacing Michael 'Johnny Handsome' Leighton in midyear.
In what was a brave move, Scientist banked BURNING EXIT in the three-furlong straight fourth race for $120,000-$100,000 claimers.
However, he had anxious moments in the following event, awaiting a stewards' enquiry, which handed victory to MR LYNDHURST, trained by his father, Tyrone Prince, on the disqualification of first-past-the-post FLYING MACHINE, who was not a part of his three-horse selection - MR LYNDHURST, KANALOA and EXECUTIVE CHARM.
"My friends and fans in the racing fraternity, as well as outsiders, were ecstatic," said the 32-year-old, a past student of Jose Marti Technical and 2012 graduate of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, holding an associate degree in general agriculture and bachelor's degree in animal science.
"It was a minimal bet which was well constructed. It showed my knowledge of the game. As for the big question, whether I had bought the bet, I will leave everybody in suspense," he said.
Similar to all new Track and Pools tipsters, Scientist, a runaway leader in the SVREL-Gleaner Tipsters Competition, said adjusting to tipping two days, sometimes three, before a race meet, was more difficult than he thought.
"As a close friend of 'The Clockman', I saw how seriously he took his job, so I actually got to see that it was very challenging at times," he pointed out.
"It is very time-consuming. It is hard work, in most parts. It is very hectic to actually tip on Thursdays and Mondays. Sometimes you have sleepless nights. You have to preview two races Wednesday night in order to submit selections by midday Thursday," he added.
"It is pressuring, especially if you have an external job. You may miss out on the fine prints of a race.
I implore persons outside to be considerate of the possibilities and how hard it is for tipsters to come up with our selections on a weekly basis."
Unlike his brother, Adrian 'Dan Dan' Prince, who is an assistant to his father, Scientist, as his name suggests, plans to cure, rather than train, horses.
"I needed two more years to get a veterinarian licence, but had to put that on pause to garner funds. However, I plan to finish my course in 2019," he said.
Meanwhile, he plans to give his fellow Track and Pools tipsters hell from a level break in January 2018.
"I am not really a person to forecast my year, but I can say, from a level break, I will do my best to give the public as many winners as possible," he said.