I’ll Have Another’s late Belmont scratch bad beat of week

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As I sit at my desk here at our beautiful GamingToday office overlooking the Las Vegas Valley, I just can’t stop thinking of all the crazy stuff that happened last week in our world of race and sports betting.

Every Monday morning I do the “Bad Beat” radio show at 9:15 on AM 1400. I usually sit and ponder a few bad beats, focusing on which one may have been the absolute worst. This week, despite the many bad beats, the one that really hurt was the late scratch of I’ll Have Another in the Belmont Stakes.

It was not only a bad beat for the horse as he will be retired due to his injury, it was awful for all horse racing fans. We thought this was the 12th Triple Crown winner, but it was not to be. It was a bad beat for Belmont Park, which was planning on at least 100,000 racing fans coming there to enjoy the beautiful day.

On Wednesday, before the scratch, tickets were going for around $110 and box seats were around $1,200. Come Friday you could get a ticket for $9 and a box seat for $125.

It was horrible in the worst way for the Nevada race books with some big plans – “Another” official shirts, hats. It was a huge loss in revenue and just about a normal Saturday afternoon.

The race was run, money bet, winners and losers determined. Just another day for us bettors, though the wind was taken out of our sails.

One last bad beat (no, not about the Pacquiao fight or Spain’s soccer) involved trainer Bob Baffert and Zayat Stables LLC. They looked to have all three races of the Triple Crown won only to finish second each time. I really don’t know how bad of a beat that is, but it is truly amazing.

I had a great time at the seminar at Jerry’s Nugget this past Saturday, but my partner Lou D’Amico was called away and I had to finish up by myself. No problem as I like to do all the talking anyway.

We did have the 1-2 finishers along with the third and fourth place. Rich Rose texted in from trackside at Belmont saying Union Rags was sitting on a huge effort and was going to single. Lou was using Paynter first and second and I had both Rags and Paynter.

All went well there along with many other winners and the carving station as usual was only a bad beat for those not there. Mark Dufty is planning another seminar for the opening of the Del Mar meet next month. I will keep you posted.

What about this crazy baseball season? If anyone told you, besides me, that the Pirates would be tied for first place in the NL Central on June 11 you would have called them crazy. Just like they called me two years ago when I bet the Steelers to win the Super Bowl with Big Ben on suspension.

The “Buccos” are sitting at 32-27, tied with the Reds for the top spot, winning more one-run games than most teams have played. The Pirates are just one big bat away from being a force with their pitching staff.

With a little over one third of the season complete, here is my take on a few of the teams for betting purposes only:

• Baltimore Orioles were projected to have a total of 69 wins. At this point they have 34 and are on pace for at least 90. It is time for the O’s to cool way down, and they will be a good bet – against, especially when favored.

• The New York Mets had an OVER/UNDER of 71½ and have won 32. I look for a real cool down on the road. They are also a good bet-against.

• The Chicago White Sox, or the “Pale Hose” as we called them when I was a kid, had a 75½ OVER/UNDER. They have 33 wins and are on pace to exceed 90. Look for them to chill. Bet against!

• The Detroit Tigers had a 92 OVER/UNDER and have won 28. I look for the Tigers to really heat up. When it starts make sure you get on the streak. It will happen!

Have a great week, avoid those bad beats and tune into the show every Monday morning. Remember it’s 1400 on the AM dial live at 9:15 with the rest of the Bad Beat boys.

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