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I am still worn out from the huge Breeders’ Cup weekend, but want to extend my thanks to all those who attended our highly successful seminar at Palace Station.

We had a great time and for some unknown reason even had a lot of winners along with one of my best plays in the BC Juvenile turf, George Vancouver, along with the tri. Ralph Siraco from Race Day Las Vegas and Vic Vivio from Palace Station both had successful days. We want to wish Vic, who was hospitalized this past Friday, a speedy recovery. We need someone down there at the Palace to get those TV’s in order as Gi Gi has no clue. Sorry, Gi!

I would also like to thank all the race book bosses, along with John Kelly of KLAV’s Track Talk, Tom Quigley, one of the best Southern California race analysts, and Laine Drake, Southern California track analyst, for their contributions on the Breeders’ Cup making the GamingToday BC edition a huge hit.

I especially want to thank Mark Dufty for his winners in the BC Sprint and the BC Classic; Chuck Esposito, who picked Flotilla ($28.80) in the BC Juvenile turf; and Eddie Ricca, who also tabbed Flotilla. The big winner among our race book big cheeses came from Wynn’s as sharp as a knife boss John Avello picked the BC Classic 1-2-3-4 with the $1 superfecta paying $1,763.30, Go, Johnny, go!

The readers I talked to really loved the special page and we will be doing it again come the Kentucky Derby. I was looking at a big pay day in the BC Juvenile when He’s Had Enough at almost 20-1 got in a ton of trouble. Still, he made a big late run just getting beat a head by the undefeated Shanghai Bobby.

That cost me a huge pick three and tri, but I did bet him on the Future Book at 200-1 so I am rooting for O’Neil to pull the repeat.

Talk about bad beats, I had Pitt on the money line against Notre Dame and then a phantom call by the “Gipper” somehow led to a Notre Dame OT win. To make things even harder to swallow, I had a $20 money line parlay going on LSU, which went into “we don’t want to win prevent defense” costing them the game.

But that was last week.


Friday, Nov. 9

Pitt -3½ at UConn: Just don’t see how the Panthers can regroup after the horrible loss at South Bend. UCONN.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Idaho +37 at BYU: The Cougars can name the score in this game. The Vandals are 1-8 SU/ATS and BYU is looking to run the table in the last three games in order to go Bowling in a good way. BYU.

Notre Dame -18½ at BC: Last year this game was at South Bend and the Irish pulled it out 16-14. Look for the supreme effort by the Eagles as they get the cover. BOSTON COLLEGE.

Oregon -28 at Cal: The Golden Bears were crushed last year by the Ducks in Eugene and may have a shot at the cover this week. Oregon is sandwiched between USC and Stanford next week. CAL.

Air Force +10 at San Diego St.: Falcons coming off a humiliating loss at Army last week while the Aztecs had a monster win at Boise State. Big let down coming for SD State. AIR FORCE.

Sunday, Nov. 11


Falcons -3 ½ at Saints: Big rivalry here as undefeated Atlanta comes to New Orleans. All good things must come to an end as the Falcons suffer their first loss of the season. SAINTS.

Also: BILLS +11½, RAMS +11½, CHIEFS +12½ (Mon).

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

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