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Trotter took down all the money in “Let It Ride” and the No. 1 defense did the same in SB 50 with the old guy, Manning, in his swan song appearance. Peyton was the Kryptonite that took down the not so Superman Cam Newton, who looked like me at a curling game.

I really have to admit there were some times in this very boring affair that I thought belonged in game film, not so much for the players and coaches but for the zebras – if they have any left for these yahoos who make the calls.

I really would like to know why they even have a replay for the refs as they can’t even get the call right after watching it. Did Jerricho Cotchery make the catch or not? After polling everyone I know watching the game and on my phone, it was a 100% call.

Yes, Mr. Zebra, it was a catch and the call on the field should have been overturned. Oh well, we have been seeing this all year in the NFL so what’s the sense of even getting into it.

My other highlight was Lady Gaga, who sang our National Anthem just great. I was never a big fan of Gaga until she did that Christmas album with the great Tony Bennett. I am now a fan.

As for the commercials, well, I have to admit I didn’t watch any of them.

Before SB 50 started this bettor got a little worried as Manning looked like he weighed about 180 pounds even with pads on, but you could see the defense take over and for betting purposes you just needed to keep firing away betting in-game wagering.

SB 50 is now done and as far as I can tell the Las Vegas books had a great handle and won some cash. The lines were long and the books just do an incredible job.

As for myself, it is the ticket writers that do a great job. They not only need to handle big bucks for small pay and balance at the end of the day, but they also have to deal with all the questions from bettors who don’t wager on a daily basis and really have no idea of what they are doing.

So when making the next bet at your favorite race or sportsbook just be kind to those overworked and underpaid ticket writers. Thanks to all of them, and great job Las Vegas. Even the Panthers bettors had a good time.

Bring on hoops!

The next huge event in Las Vegas and the betting industry all over the country with office pools, million dollar pools and just about any pool you can think about will be March Madness. So make sure you keep picking up GamingToday at your favorite sportsbook. Always remember you can get GT online. It is updated each and every day of the week with our plays of the day and daily consensus plays.

You can also have GT delivered right to your door step. Just call 702-798-1151 and one of our courteous staff will sign you up at a very affordable subscription price. Don’t miss out on all our Madness coverage.

Also, believe it or not, the Kentucky Derby is right around the corner. It just seems like last week the great American Pharoah won the Triple Crown. We will be keeping you updated on this year’s road to the Kentucky Derby.

There were two races this past weekend at Santa Anita. First was the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis, which carried 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner. Trainer Bob Baffert, who again has a loaded barn, sent out Mor Spirit who looked to be on cruise control under the confident handling of jockey Gary Stevens.

Mor Spirit just sat chilly and smoothly moved by the leaders to win like a good thing at 70 cents on the dollar. As for this bettor, there really was not much in this race but the win was eye catching.

The other race of the day was the Grade 2 Las Virgenes for 3yo fillies, and it was a walkover for the 2yo champion filly Songbird, who was making her 3yo debut in this event. She cruised to a very easy win under a loose hold by Mike Smith. Songbird went the mile in 1:36.84 while under wraps. The Robert B. Lewis was run at 1-1/16 but the mile time was 1:37.

Twitter was flooded with fans hoping the connections of Songbird would send her against the boys so she could garner some Kentucky Derby points but Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has stated his main goal is the Kentucky Oaks. We will just wait and see.

By the way, there was also little to beat in this race.

We will keep updating these races as they come up. Always remember, Las Vegas has futures betting on the Derby and the Oaks.

Just take a little ride over to the Wynn and check out the odds. We also post them on our website at Get out and take a stab at a futures bet. You never know, you could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

1 for Friday

With the small Friday hoops schedule we will opt for a play this week as we get UCLA traveling to Tucson to take on the Wildcats, who will be around a 10-point home chalk. We will lay the points here as Zona is almost unbeatable at Mc­Kale Center. ARIZONA.

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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