$356K is my idea of a good day

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Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber | My loyal followers have heard me say many times that you need to
make a bet every day. After all, you just might be walking around lucky and not
even know it.

That wisdom came from my dear departed dad, “Broadway
Bennie Saber,” when asked by my dear departed mom, Mary, why he had to go
to Waterford Park every night? Well, two weeks ago a loyal horse patron at
Cannery Casino was walking around lucky after putting in an $8 Pick Six and
hitting them all for a whopping $356,909.60 payoff.

Now that’s a good day at the race book.

Speaking of good, I never mind giving a shout out to the owner
of one of my favorite sports bars Brandos, Anthony Brandonisio. After 10 years
at the Mandalay Bay properties, Anthony is now executive vice president at the
Palms Hotel and Casino. Much congratulations to the ever popular Anthony.

Another move up in the race and sports arena concerns Zach
Goldberg, who will take over the reigns at Palace Station. Zach will be
replacing Bert Cirincione, who is heading to the new Aliante Race and Sports
Book. Good luck to both.

Unfortunately there are sad developments, like the on-going
demise of California racing as we knew it from bygone days when it was top
shelf. It just amazes me how Saratoga can field such great races with top notch
horses, while Del Mar can only manage state bred 2-year-old races and cheap
maiden claimers with few good fields.

Last Saturday in the second race at Saratoga, a horse by the
name of Munnings that cost $1.7 million was actually running on the unsafe dirt
track and winning in a time of 1:09 and change for a 2yo. Now that’s a good

Last Sunday in the second race at Del Mar, there was a
seven-horse field of maiden 2yo fillies. Three were trained by Dan Hendricks,
two by Bob Baffert and no entries. One Hendricks-trained filly was ridden by
Alex Solis, while one of the others was owned by the son of Solis, Alex Solis

The California tracks have wasted millions on synthetic surfaces
and yet the best horses are still running on dirt. Is this some kind of scam?
What will happen to California racing when the Cal-Breds are gone? Something
that could happen sooner and not later.

Due to succeeding generations weighing the opportunity costs of
land utilization, the following California breeding giants are gone – John
Valpredo, John Mabee’s Golden Eagle Farm, Hred Sahadls Cardiff Farm and Pete
Valenti’s Mira Loma Farm and Ranch.

The geographical paradox between East and West is significant.

Delaware Park, Laurel Park, Monmouth Park, Philly Park, Pimlico
Race Course, The Meadowlands, Belmont and the Big A are in a compact 200-mile
wide circle. California racing is 1,800 miles from any other with no slots to
help out.

The only thing the tracks have going are the Pick Six carryovers
and most of us are getting fed up with all the delays as they try and squeeze
every last cent out of the betting public. One other thing really bothering me
is the late gate scratches that screw up the payoffs. Maybe it’s all the
crippled horses that’s the problem, not the dirt tracks.

At last football!

The first matchup of the preseason is this Sunday with the Hall
of Fame Game at Canton, Ohio. We will be covering the entire NFL preseason so
stay tuned.

Redskins -5½ vs Colts (31½): The Tony Dungy led Colts
look like they will be heading to the Super Bowl once again this year. Indy has
little or no interest in winning these early preseason games going just 3-10 ATS
the last three years.

The Skins have a new head coach, Jim Zorn, who has never served
in that capacity in college or pro. Zorn will want to get his team off to a
positive start. NBC will be televising. REDSKINS.

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