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Las Vegas is set to explode in a little over two weeks as we get the big fight and the Kentucky Derby all on the same huge weekend. As for rooms, forget about it!

After this past weekend’s last big 100 point race heading into the Kentucky Derby there are more questions than we have answers. That can be a good thing as many Las Vegas race books will be hosting Kentucky Derby seminars.

If you are going to be betting on the Derby or just thinking about it, I would suggest taking in as many of these seminars as possible. Try and get to at least one that fits into your schedule and part of town you live in.

So, after the running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby I heard statements like: it’s the rebirth of Secretariat or Seattle Slew; no, Dortmund will take him, he hasn’t beaten anyone, this field stunk for a million dollar race. Yep, I heard it all and I stayed quiet as this race viewer just didn’t know what to think.

I talked to Professor Gordon Jones who will be doing the seminar with yours truly and Ralph Siraco from the ultra-popular Race Day Las Vegas radio show. The Prof as we call him at Palace Station didn’t seem impressed with the time.

I did reply to the Prof that he was taken in hand and never asked. The Prof said we will see, and I guess we will.

The huge colt Dortmund has had some battles, is undefeated and also owns a win over the Churchill Downs course. That is a big plus, but still confused we just need to wait for the post position draw and the weather report.

We know in the past there are a lot of things that can happen with less than 3 weeks before the Kentucky Derby, and even the day before and of the race.

American Pharoah was able to sit off the pace in the Arkansas Derby but behind what? Not much, as the front runner who was on an easy lead just packed it in finishing last in this eight horse field with the only two runners that have done anything in the past: Far Right, finishing second some eight lengths behind American Pharoah, and Mr. Z, three-quarters-of-a-length behind Far Right.

With this his last prep before the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah (who Bob Baffert says is the best he has ever had) will head into that first Saturday in May as the favorite just in front of the undefeated Dortmund and the charging Carpe Diem.

Those three will be the top betting choices, but we all know what can happen in a 20 horse field, don’t we! With the huge Derby weekend on the horizon most book managers who wish football was here have put that on the back burner, except for maybe one.

Mr. Chuck (I love football) Esposito, who hangs his many hats at Sunset Station, will not only be hosting a huge Kentucky Derby seminar but his Pro Football Draft Day Party along with Brain Blessing. The party starts Thursday, April 30, in the Club Madrid; doors will open at 3:30 p.m. with the start of the first round.

There will be stadium-style food specials starting at $2 plus giveaways of professional football draft caps and more. So football is never on Chuck’s back burner.

Now to follow things up in a big way, on Friday, May 1, Chuck (I love the Kentucky Derby) Esposito will be hosting a seminar along with our top horse writer and author of many handicapping books Steve Davidowitz, Blessing, Siraco (who’s everywhere) and top handicapper Dave Valento, the author of the very popular handicapping sheet titled “Track Phantom.” Dave has also lent us some online help in the past, which we really appreciate.

Sam’s Town will also be having a seminar with Jerry J and his Power Page. He will also be at Texas Station, I believe, so check that one out.

South Point will have a big seminar hosted by Pat McGuigan and others, so check that one out. The Point has a great stand alone race book, which is separate from its sports book.

Most important will be the Thursday Seminar in the Palace Station race book at 6 p.m., April 30. Siraco, Prof. Jones and, of course, me along with my wit. There will be free pizza starting at around 5 p.m. along with free soft drinks and cocktail service.

The place is always packed so get there early. We always run out of pizza but never the cocktail service. This will be the first Kentucky Derby seminar of the week so get your legal pad and pencil and come to the Palace.

As always, get out there and make a bet, 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 GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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