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I woke up this morning in a very good mood even though I had a bad weekend betting baseball and the ponies. Still, there are good things on the horizon.

The mood I was in brought me back to 1975, the year Foolish Pleasure won the Kentucky Derby, but it wasn’t that event that made me feel this good!

The sun broke through my window on the 23rd floor of the Galt House, situated on the Ohio River in Louisville on that beautiful Kentucky Saturday morning. The calliope from the Belle Of Louisville docked right outside my window was sounding out Happy Days are here again.

Life was good.

This is the start of a huge week with Del Mar opening on Wednesday and Saratoga on Friday. There will be many events, and if you are lucky enough to be at Del Mar for opening day you will be singing “Happy Days Are Here Again,” win or lose.

There will be a winner in every race and this year you will be able to take a plane, car or train. The NCTD train company will be offering the “Weekend Pony Express” combo ticket. For just $13 bucks you get a train ride and clubhouse admission. What a cool deal for Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

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If you are lucky enough to be at Del Mar on opening day the sun will be shining and the racing will be good, the girls will be sporting their sun tanned perfect figures and you will be able to forget about all your woes.

Starting this Saturday at Jerry’s Nugget the venerable Mark Dufty will be ushering in his highly popular Del Mar handicapping contest. It goes on every Saturday during the Del Mar meet and as an added bonus I will be there hosting a little seminar along with a few of my buddies.

We will have some winners at both Del Mar and Saratoga. Mark will also have his legendary carving station going. If you haven’t had one of those carved sandwiches you don’t know what you are missing. The price is right along with special beer prices. If you are free this Saturday just take a little drive to North Las Vegas and join in on the festivities.

Another big thing that will happen during the Del Mar meet is Station Casinos offering a $10,000 Twin Q every Saturday during August. There will be a lot of chances to make a little score to build up the bankroll for those football parlay cards that are right around the corner.

As an added bonus for those who subscribe to I will not only be doing my daily picks at Del Mar but will serve up key plays every racing day at Saratoga. The plays will be online every racing day by 7 a.m.

I will be heading out this Monday morning shopping for some future football bets that will appear in next week’s column along with a little recap of what happened in the first week at Del Mar.

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Happy days are here again!

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