Belmont was decided when Pharoah was left alone

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As I wrote in my column last week, “If left alone on the front end, forget about it.” That is just what took place as American Pharoah took them wire-to-wire in the finest Belmont Stakes performance since the great Secretariat who won by 31 lengths.

Big Red’s time would have beaten American Pharoah by 15 lengths but that was then. We will never see a horse like Secretariat again, but AP proved he is much the best of this year’s 3yo crop. His last quarter of the race was the fastest ever in the Belmont, running a 24.32. Secretariat came home the last quarter in 25.

The second place finisher Frosted, I thought as others did, had a square shot in here if AP would have been pressed by Materiality. However, Materiality was a beaten pup after the first mile as he just wasn’t fast enough or good enough to run with AP. Frosted ran huge to finish a clear second. Trainer Bob Baffert stated before the Belmont that AP would need to run his B race and Frosted needed to run A+ to win.

Well, Frosted ran his A race but so did AP and now he will rest. Most likely Pharoah will run one more time in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, meeting up with a few of these and some older foes.

The weather was great, the stands were packed and you should have heard the screams in the race books when American Pharoah came storming down the lane for the win. It was like being back in the 70’s again and just a great thing for horse racing.

Thrills extend to Finals

I can honestly say I am not a fan of the NBA and watch a game as often as I watch soccer. But the first two games between the Cavs and the Warriors were great for TV, almost made for TV and reality show fans. Very entertaining.

In the NHL the first two games between the Blackhawks and the Lightning almost looked like the first two between the Cavs and Warriors. They were perfect playoff games for TV, fans and bettors. Each went down to the wire.

Baseball roundup

As usual baseball has been very streaky this year as in the past, In the AL East, the Yanks, who went on a losing streak, are now on a win streak: six in a row and 7 of their last 10 games to get back into first place. Toronto has gotten back in the hunt winning five in a row, including a sweep of the Astros.

In the AL Central, the Royals went 3-7 in their last 10 games and the Tigers went 2-8, while the Twins at 5-5 in that span own first place by a game. In the AL West, the Astros’ lead has dwindled down to just 3.5 games after losing four in a row while the Rangers give chase winning 7 of their last 10. The Mariners, who many thought could win this division, went 2-8 in their last 10.

In the NL Central, the Cardinals, who are almost unbeatable at home with a record of 22-7, hold a 6.5 game lead over the streaking Pirates. Pittsburgh had a super road trip and the Cubs are still playing good ball just 7 games out. The Pirates and Cubs will battle it out till the end for that wild card.

In the wide open NL East, the Mets somehow are in first place while going 4-6 in their last 10 games. They have been great at home, going 21-8, but are just 10-19 on the road. Washington fell into second place after going 2-8 in their last 10.

The NL West is a ding dong battle between the Dodgers and Giants with the Padres staying close as well as the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers do have the pitching to pull away if their bats ever start to hit as they head into the dog days of summer.

Don’t get bored as football is just around the corner and we here at GamingToday can’t wait. Until then just get out and make some round robin parlays. I like to take my best four teams of the day and make a little round robin – four 3-teamers cost just $40 for $10 a way. Always remember if you don’t get out and make a bet you will never know if you were walking around lucky.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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