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We appear to have a very exciting Super Bowl in two weeks with the Colts opening between a 4½ and 5½ point favorite with the total a solid 56. This is a great number for the books as they just hate to see a 3 or 7.
For betting purposes we will wait and see if anything happens this week and then I will be making my Super Bowl selection in next week’s column.
As for the two games this past week, the Saints are very lucky to be playing in the big game as the Vikings were moving in to kick the winning field goal but Bret Favre tossed an untimely interception, or a timely one if you were a Saints fan; bye-bye Bret.
In the Jets and Colts game, the Jets had a great game plan in the first half but in the second half the Colts adjusted and as they say in horse racing they won with something left and seem to have some big time momentum going into the Super Bowl.
One of the best bets in football was staring you right in the face in the Colts’ and Jets’ game as the Colts were winning 17-13 at half time and the books put up the Colts -6½ for the second half. I must have knocked down at least three people trying to get to the window and lay the -6½ as you could just see that Indy was going to come back strong at home.
We will be on the lookout for such bets in the Super Bowl and also we will be passing on some good prop bets if we happen to find some and there will be a ton of them to chose from.
As the Kentucky Derby seems to be creeping up on us there were two good prep races this past weekend and a good maiden race that I would like to touch on. The maiden race took place at Gulfstream Park this past Friday with a horse trained by Todd Pletcher by the name of Colizeo.
In his last race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8 of ’09 he ran a bang up second but came back and just ran a monster race winning by more than five lengths under a hand ride. Pletcher just may move this guy straight into a Stakes race and pace the first level allowance race.
Go look for some Kentucky Derby future bets on this guy. Also this past week at Gulfstream Park they ran the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes with Anthony Dutrow bringing in Winslow Homer, and top jock R Dominguez came in for the ride. Winslow Homer was bumped between horses at the start but the steady handed Dominguez took him in hand and just let him loose in the stretch and he split horses and ran a gut wrenching race to hold off the 8-5 favorite Jackson Bend. These two will be hooking up again possibly in the Fountain of Youth or even the Florida Derby.
There was one more Kentucky Derby Prep and that was at The Fair Grounds in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes. Trainer Tom Amoss sent out a three year old named Ron The Greek, this guy is a big closer but was so far back he looked like he had no shot, he started to move up at the top of the stretch but swung at least 10 wide into the stretch that I lost track of him but he made a determined run to get to the front and was just pulling away late with the looks of a horse that can run all day.
With all the early speed so far with the main Derby Contenders this guy just may be able to be a big factor as the races get longer and he is one that we will be watching very carefully. I will be watching all the big preps and giving my take of each one in this column so stay turned and don’t forget to pick up your GamingToday next week for my Super Bowl selection and hopefully some good prop bets.
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