All my Belmont winning plays were buried in mud

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In horse racing you need everything to go right in order to cash. The only problem is a thousand things can go wrong and usually do, including Mother Nature.

As the rains came and the Belmont track ended up a sloppy mess, the game changed, especially if making your bets early in the hopes of a fast track. But more things can go wrong. Your jockey can fall off, your horse can get bumped, your horse can lose a shoe or maybe your horse just doesn’t feel like playing today.

Just ask the Heat fans and LeBron James as he just took his ball and went home.

In the Belmont Stakes, Animal Kingdom, the 5-2 favorite, was hampered by the rain and slop along with being bumped hard by Mucho Macho Man a few strides out of the gate.

AK stumbled badly after the hard bump causing jockey JR Velasquez to lose his left iron. He did not regain it until reaching the first turn while last and far back. The only things Velasquez could do were sit and wait. He made a far wide quick run as he tried desperately to reach a contending position.

However, with all that happening in the early going and the sloppy track favoring the early speed, Animal Kingdom could not sustain his run and ended up finishing sixth in just another bizarre Belmont.

With three races in the books we have three different winners as it takes a really great horse to win the Triple Crown, which run at three different tracks, three different distances and different track conditions. There were no really great horses here, but I do believe Animal Kingdom is good. We will hear more about him down the road.

As for the wagering, I still sit in amazement at why the bettors made Master Of Hounds 6-1 in the slop. I did think he had a good shot on a fast track but not in the slop. Hounds was never a factor and most likely will get back to running on the grass over the pond.

Stay Thirsty ran a big race as did Brilliant Speed who put in a big time effort against the bias, finishing a good third – more than five lengths clear of fourth place finisher Nehro.

Next year if you have some extra cash sitting around just shoot over to the Wynn, see Johnny Avello and ask how much can you be on the “NO – there will be no Triple Crown winner.”

Just bet it and forget it!

Baseball, thank goodness!

The NBA is finally over and I can finally turn the sound back up on my television. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mavs. I made two bets on the NBA (first and last), and as Roberto Duran once said as he put up his gloves, “No Mas!”

Now we can all concentrate on baseball and get to work on the upcoming football season. In baseball the Red Sox are just one game away from making my prediction come true. I wrote they would be the first team this season to win 10 straight games. Boston was at nine heading into Tuesday’s game at Tampa Bay, which will be no cake walk.

The Red Sox are just crushing the ball and I will finish the parlay with them. However, I’m betting the game OVER the total.

Cleveland has come back to planet Earth after playing a brutal schedule and now the AL Central has become a three-team race. We will see how this week goes and dig deeper in next week’s column.

I know I am getting old as I turn 64 this August. I really don’t like it, but the other day two of my buds and I were out walking. Syl, who is 70, says, “Windy, isn’t it?”

Jerry, 66, and still working at the Red Rock moving numbers, looks at Syl and me and says, “No, it’s Thursday!”

I look at both of them and say, “So am I; let’s go get a beer.”

Yes, these are the golden years!

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