Former Vikings coach Mike Tice wins big at race track

Friday August 9th, 2013

Former Vikings head coach won over $100,000 at the racetrack. (Elsa/Getty Images) Former Vikings head coach won more than $100,000 at the race track. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Not a part of an NFL training camp for the first time since 1981, former player and coach Mike Tice instead cashed in at Del Mar Surfside Race Place in Southern California.

For Thursday's Pick 6 — where the winning bettor has to correctly guess the victor of six consecutive horse races — Tice wagered $128, according to, winning a payoff of $100,796.20.

Tice said the win wasn't purely because of luck, per the article:

I'm a horse guy. Belmont and Saratoga started, and throughout my football life, I've never been able to play them because I've always been in training camp. ... There's some luck involved. But I had the format down for two days and handicapped it.
A former player, Tice was head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2002 to 2005. He was most recently offensive coordinator of the Bears in 2012 but when Lovie Smith was fired, new head coach Marc Trestman didn't retain Tice.

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