I would like to thank all the dedicated horseplayers who showed up last Friday for our 8:30 a.m. Breeders’ Cup seminar. The Palace Station racebook was jam packed and Professor Gordon Jones along with Race Day’s Ralph Siraco and me really appreciated the huge turnout. We had a great time.
Also we want to thank Mike Corrigan, the head guy over at Palace Station race and sportsbook, for doing a great job setting things up with free coffee and donuts and an excellent sound system. We will be back doing a Kentucky Derby morning seminar.
As for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Napoleon had his Waterloo, Superman his Kryptonite and Arrogate had his Del Mar. The winner, Gun Runner, was super and Collected ran his eyeballs out to finish a game second after challenging Gun Runner, battling him on the outside on the second turn and in the stretch but just could not run with the big gun to the wire. We will probably see both again in the Pegasus World Cup.
Don’t feel too bad for Baffert as Collected picked up a cool $1,020,000 for his second place finish and his other runner West Coast picked up $540k. Not a bad day’s work.
Football last week was not very good as our plays went a lousy 2-4 and our horse play was up the track. We will set out to reverse things this week with some nice juicy plays.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Michigan State +16 at Ohio State: The Spartans from East Lansing have been in celebration mood all week after their huge upset of Penn State when getting 10 at home. As for the Buckeyes, well, I personally would not want to be one of the players this week getting ready as Urban will not be in a very good state of mind after suffering a horrendous road loss to Iowa. The “eyes” will be dotted. Look for a huge game for… OHIO STATE
West Virginia +1.5 at Kansas State: The Wildcats have improved and look to get revenge from last year’s 17-16 loss in Morgantown. The Cats’ offense has really come to life scoring 35, 30 and 42 points in their last three games. We also note two of the three WVU losses have come on the road. KANSAS STATE
Iowa +13 at Wisconsin: Talk about a celebration, the Hawkeyes had one of the biggest ones of the week after their 55-24 crazy win vs. Ohio State last Saturday. No way they can travel to Madison and get up for the undefeated Badgers, who with a win here and in their final two games vs. Michigan at home and Minnesota on the road will be in the Final Four. WISCONSIN
Georgia -2.5 at Auburn: Undefeated Georgia travels to a very dangerous place, Auburn, Ala. The Tigers need this big win and are in a revenge situation as they lost to the Bulldogs in Athens last year, 13-7. Play this one on the moneyline, no points needed. AUBURN
Here are a few I will be using on the parlay and ties win teaser cards:
Notre Dame -3 vs. Miami, Fla.: The Canes cannot score enough to stay with the Irish and the winner will still be in the Final Four hunt. NOTRE DAME
Minnesota -2 over Nebraska: Bad spot for the Corndogs after OT loss last week at home and the Golden Gophers looking for revenge. MINNY
Mississippi State +14.5 over Alabama: Bulldogs were totally humiliated in last year’s 51-3 loss in Tuscaloosa. Look for them to stay close. MISS STATE
If you really like exciting football turn on college games on Saturday and take a rest on Sunday. No excitement in Sunday football!
We need a winner this week and what better race to pluck one than the 5th at Del Mar, the last leg of the pick five. Fillies and mares travel 1-1/16 on the grass and No.7 ROSIE MY ROSIE got her first turf victory last out at Santa Anita at 13/1 when exiting our HTW list. This 7-year-old mare has won 11 of 44 starts and is nothing but a true pro. A repeat is in store.
Make sure you get out and play those parlay cards, especially those 10 teamers. A reader came up to me last week and showed me his winning card. He bet two bucks and turned a toothpick into a small lumber yard. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.
Last week: 2-4
Season: 30-28 -2