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“Spahn, Sain and pray for rain”, was the battle cry of the 1948 Boston Braves as they would send Warren Spahn to the hill and the next day it was Johnny Sain.

That usually added up to back-to-back wins. Fans wanted some rain the next day, an off day, then come back with Spahn and Sain.

On Saturday, June 11, the battle cry for the Desormeaux brothers will be for the skies to open up and rain, rain, rain.

The Belmont Stakes is starting to look like a 10 horse field and all eyes will be on the weather, as if it does pour the rest may be running for second money. If the track comes up fast then we have a wide open race. One thing for sure, there will be very little early speed in the race with Destin, Stradivari and the new shooter Governor Malibu, trained by Christophe Clement.

Destin ran a solid sixth in the Kentucky Derby and Stradivari ran a good fourth in the Preakness. The others who look to take a shot at Exaggerator will be deep closers Brody’s Cause, seventh in the Kentucky Derby, and Cherry Wine, second in the Preakness, both trained by Dale Romans.

Then we have Creator, another deep closer, trained by Steven Asmussen, Lani the improving deep closer from Japan and Mo Tom, another deep closer, trained by Tom Amoss. Suddenbreakingnews, a deep deep closer, rounds out the field. He is trained by Donnie Von Hemel.

If the pace is slow, which it could be, the early speed types could get a jump on them when they turn for no-man’s land at the top of the stretch. Next week we will have the pick along with trifecta and superfecta plays.

Talking Belmont Stakes brings us to something very exciting from Bob Scucci over at the Orleans, run by the Boyd Group. They will be unveiling a new race pari-mutuel mobile app on June 2, and that is great news for horse players who are on the go or just sitting at home.

You will be able to sign up at any of the Boyd Group-run properties: Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town and Fremont. If you own any iOS device you can download the app free from iTunes, while Android users can download the app on

Just stop over at one of the properties listed above, sign up and get all the info. I’m on my way!

One more quick note about racing, a bettor at the M Resort this past week played a rainbow pick six ticket putting up $2,800 and taking down the entire pool of $230,597.20. These rainbow pools are a must-take-a-shot when they get this large – you just never know.

As I sit here in front of my computer and pen this column I always think back to my younger days in Steubenville growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. Thank God I had the luck of the draw to be born then and in such a great Ohio city.

Today is Memorial Day, it was a very special for our family. The Lamantia’s and Saber’s would all get in my grandfather’s truck early in the day and head out to the Mount Calvary cemetery to decorate the graves. At that time this was called Decoration Day.

I can see my grandmother Anna Lamantia crawling on the ground digging and planting flowers while my grandfather would hang wreaths around our fallen family members.

After all was done it was back home for a “winner roast,” sit in the backyard eating hotdogs and burgers while drinking either Hires root beer or Vernors ginger ale and listening to the Pirates on KDKA Pittsburgh. It just didn’t get any better than that.

Today this bettor can just take a short ride down to the race and sportsbook, make a round robin on baseball and take a shot at some horses, especially the Twin Q at Station Casinos plus the huge million dollar rainbow pick six at Golden Gate.

I will also be betting the low take out at Canterbury Park using the Track Phantom sheet put out by Dave Valento, who also does the very powerful baseball sheet called the Strike Zone. All of which you can get at

If betting baseball, the Strike Zone incorporates the bullpen, wind, starting pitchers and umpires and most anything you can think of. Its final point system generates a high percentage of winners both on sides and totals. We here at GT want to thank Dave for all his hard work.

You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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

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