The running of the 138th Kentucky Derby is in the books with trainer Doug O’Neil and the low profile jockey Mario Gutierrez guiding I’ll Have Another with a perfect trip to the big win.
Drawing away at the end, I could hear Doug saying about three hours after the race I’ll Have Another and another.
Turning for home it looked like the Bob Baffert trained and lightly raced Bodemeister would break the jinx of Apollo and get the wire-to-wire win. However, he just could not hold off the fast closing I’ll Have Another after setting some blistering early fractions running the mile in 1:35. This is one fast horse with so much talent. He will be hard to beat in the Preakness if selected to run.
Dullahan ran a big race finishing a fast closing second just missing the place by a neck. Went The Day Well also put in a big late run finishing fourth holding off Creative Cause by a half length. The superfecta numbers of 19-6-5-13 paid $96,092.80 for a $2 ticket.
No one hit the super high five and there will be a $276,914.00 carryover this coming Thursday at Churchill Downs. Get those lucky numbers out and head to your favorite race book. You could be walking around lucky. As I have said in the past, you can’t hit it if you don’t bet.
• Union Rags. Had a bad trip but don’t think he could have beat the winner with a perfect trip.
• Gemologist. The previously unbeaten horse was over matched.
• Daddy Nose Best. My selection had his share of trouble. Could have been closer with a perfect trip, but also could have never beat the winner.
Now those of you who read my column last week are well aware of the Danny Thomas story. As luck would have it, why couldn’t I have found an old photo of Steubenville’s Dean Martin lifting up a martini glass saying oh, yes, I’ll Have Another? He had so done many times in the past and I have an autographed photo of him with that caption.
I guess it was just not meant to be. As they say in our betting society, I’ll have another shot in the Preakness and the huge super high five carryover on Thursday. If I get lucky I’ll have another and just may have one anyway, win or lose
In the meantime, I have baseball to bet on. All I can do is use the line of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and ask myself about the league leading Baltimore Orioles, “Who are those guys?”
In the Al East, the O’s will be tested at home facing the Rangers in a big four-game series. If Baltimore can win two it will be big. Tampa Bay has a huge road trip starting Tuesday with three in New York and then finishing the weekend with three in Baltimore.
This division can change big time by next week.
In the AL Central we can also use “who are those guys” as the Indians sit atop the division. They meet the White Sox for three and head to Boston. If they survive this week it will be amazing to say the least.
In the AL West the Rangers have shown they can lose a few games and the A’s have picked up some steam with the slumping Angels sitting in last.
In the NL East we have a real dog fight between the Nationals and Braves. Atlanta continues its long road trip with three in Chicago and ends the week with a big three game set in St. Louis.
In the NL Central the Cards continue to control and I don’t see much changing in the near future. The Dodgers continue to control the NL West.
What about hockey, not the NHL but our Las Vegas Wranglers who are playing the Florida Everblades for the cup, not the Stanley but the Kelly Cup. Game 1 is this coming Monday at the Orleans Arena. Let’s get out and show our support for the Wranglers and fill the O-rena.
A Vivio tri
Vic Vivio from Palace Station released the trifecta last Thursday at our Kentucky Derby seminar in the Palace Station race book. By the way, it was the best session we have ever had.
Vic’s selections were also posted on our web site www.gamingtoday.com.