“Who Dat” 31, “Lie N’ Jim Caldwell” and the Colts 17, and that is Dat.
Manning and the Colts, who at one time appeared to be headed to an undefeated season, finished off their season with two wins and three loses; at least Caldwell kept them healthy.
It’s sort of like the Pro Ride track at Santa Anita; it was supposed to keep the horses from breaking down and it has worked since the horses stay in the barn.
As for ‘News You Can Bet On,’ there were a lot of my happy and loyal followers in the sports book on Sunday, carrying Saints and “under” tickets; and what about the +3½ and the two point conversion.
I have to admit I owe much of my success to the movie “Let It Ride.” As for the Super Bowl half time show, who were those old guys; Who? I had to get another glass of wine and some chips and dip and let the dogs out.
It is now on to “March Madness,” the next big venue for the Nevada sports books and you can always depend on the madness to bring in the bettors from all over the country, even though it won’t make our president very happy as they should all be saving their money.
I say bring the money and bring on the madness as my brother Frank “Tom” Saber says, “If you die with more than two dollars in your pocket your life has been a failure.”
And don’t forget my dad, “Broadway Bennie’s” outlook on life as he would tell my mom you need to make a bet every day as you could be walking around lucky and not even know it. Thanks Dad as I was walking around lucky this past Super Bowl Sunday and thanks to instant replay I got my two-point conversion.
I don’t know how the books did overall this past Super Bowl Sunday but I do know they were all packed and the parlay cards were flying as were those prop bets. I did see the line drop like a hot potato from the Colts -6 to -4½ and the money line on the game really took a dip as the Colts who were at one time -230 dropped to -190 and even lower in some spots.
I guess those big bettors that bet on the Colts on the moneyline just could not put a stop to the Saints moneyline bettors. I think the bottom line is that it was just the year of the Saints and they were destined to win this game. And I do believe head coach Sean Payton called a masterful game and just really out coached Caldwell.
There were some Kentucky Derby prep races this past Saturday but the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita got rained out, as the very safe and expensive Pro Ride surface failed to drain once again and the entire Saturday card, which was one of the best of the meet, was canceled.
The Robert B. Lewis Stakes and two other graded events have been re-scheduled for this Saturday … weather permitting!
It was a cold and freezing day in New York, where they were running the Whirlaway Stakes on a conventional dirt track at Aqueduct; it was the highly regarded Gary Contessa trained Eightyfiveinafifty facing what looked like a group of Kentucky Derby wannabes going off at 30 cents on the dollar.
As soon as the gates opened you could just see that he was as rank as a dog chasing a tom cat. Leading to the first turn he was so rank the jock just tried to keep him in a straight line but he suddenly bolted to the far outside crashing into the outer barrier, unseating his rider and unseating all those who bet on him.
Eightyfiveinafifty should be able to return to training in a week after receiving 14 stitches to repair a cut suffered in the spill.
Jockey Jorge Chavez, who was unseated during the incident, also escaped injury and is expected to return to riding on Wednesday, according to his agent.
I was waiting to see how big the show payoffs would be but there were few “bridge jumpers” as they were just modest overlays. The winner Peppi Knows ran a very nice race, winning by a length under Richard Migliore and paying $17.40. But you can just toss everyone on this race as being a legit Kentucky Derby threat.
The question is when will it stop raining on Santa Anita.
If that’s not enough, the weather man is predicting more rain and some snow in Vegas on Wednesday.
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