$100 said to me, ‘Take Heat in 4!’

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Some of my friends or so called friends say I bet anything that moves.

Well there are a few things I won’t wager on like turtle races, even though some of the nags I bet run like turtles. And, the NBA is just way over my head to bet or watch (Get it? OVER my head!).

It’s a joke.

Anyway, yesterday as I was checking out the numbers on the baseball games (a real American sport) I noticed you could get 10-1 on the Heat to win the NBA title in four games.

Well I said, “Self, do you want to get involved?” Self said, “Take a little flyer.” So I ponied up to the window ready to bet $50 of my hard earned bucks at 10-1 thinking if they could win the first two games at home I would be in a position to hedge with no shot at losing.

At 10-1 Self thought it was worth the gamble since I don’t wager on turtle races. Look at all the money I have saved over the course of the years. Since I haven’t made a lay down on an NBA game in years I figured I was ahead of the game.

Now the only thing bad that happened was I didn’t have a $50 or two $20’s and a $10 or five $10’s. I only had $100, so instead of $50 I am down for $100 in hopes Miami can win the first two games at home.

If not, I just may look around for some turtle racing in one of those back alleys downtown.

Early Belmont look

Next week in this column I will be covering the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes to be run Saturday, June 11. As I start to look at the horses that could run, it has the appearance of at least a field of 12.

Here are the probables:

ALTERNATION who won the Peter Pan held at Belmont.

ANIMAL KINGDOM who won the Kentucky Derby and was second in the Preakness.

BRILLIANT SPEED who ran seventh in the Kentucky Derby.

MASTER OF HOUNDS who ran fifth in the Kentucky Derby and is a horse I was very happy to see stay in the U.S., and give this 1½ mile race a shot. His trainer Aidan O’Brien looks to have this one set for a big run.

MONZON who was up the track in the Peter Pan behind Alternation.

MUCHO MACHO MAN who was third in the Kentucky Derby and then lost a shoe once again in the Preakness to finish a troubled sixth. He will get new shoes for the Belmont his trainer Kathy Ritvo said.

NEHRO who ran a bang up second in the Derby and took the extra time off to get ready for this race. I thought that was a good idea when I wrote my Preakness column.

PRIME CUT who ran third in the Peter Pan.

RULER ON ICE who ran second in his last start, the Federico Tesio Stakes.

SANTIVA who also took time off after a sixth place finish in the Derby.

SHACKLEFORD who won the Preakness and is looking to take a 2-1 advantage over Animal Kingdom.

STAY THIRSTY who was 12th in the Kentucky Derby and also took time off. He could go better in the Belmont.

We also have three possible starters:

AWESOME PATRIOT who is trained by Bob Baffert and won the Alydar Stakes in his last start.

HARLAN’S HELLO wh.o just won an optional claiming race in his last start

ISN’T HE PERFECT who was up the track in the Preakness.

I will put it all together next week so do not miss it.

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