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Schettler book tells nostalgic Wise Guy tale

It was Todd Pletcher Day this past Saturday around the country as it seemed every time you looked up he was winning a big race somewhere … Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, you name it.

But the race he won at Keeneland really got me hot as they did something to the track that made it completely unfair and totally speed biased.

The Todd Pletcher trained Exhi went right to the front and never looked back, paying $41.80. Now, there were three good reasons to bet on this colt; one is that he was trained by Pletcher, two is that he had big early speed on a speed biased surface, and the third is that he was 8/1 on the morning line.

Now you say what the heck does 8/1 on the morning line have to do with the price of oil in Saudi Arabia? Now, I passed this easy-to-use system on to my readers a few years ago, but I will give it to you once again; with all these big races coming up it could come into play when making some dime supers and it does work but I don’t know how or why.

Here is how it works from post position #1: if a horse out of post position one is 10-1 he is a play, if from post position two the horse is 2-1 play, 3 at 3, 4 at 4, 5 at 5, 6 at 6, 7 at 5/2, 8 at 8, 9 at 7/2, 10 at 10, 11 at 9/2, 12 at 12 and 13 on up at 10-12 or 15/1.

Pletcher’s Exhi broke from the No. 8 position.

This is based on the morning line odds and not what the horse goes off at post time. Just sit back and watch how many winners you can pick up with this simple play and when playing exotics just add it to your arsenal of handicapping tricks.

We are a short two weeks from that first Saturday in May and just nine days until the big, and I mean big, Kentucky Derby seminar at the Palace Station race and sports book. It will be hosted by the Rodney Dangerfield of Race and Sports Book directors, the always smiling but the guy that gets no respect, Zack Goldberg.

If you are looking for a good time and you like the ponies, free food and cocktail service and you are free at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, this is the place to be; but come early because there will be standing room only.

Trainer Todd Pletcher appears to have the race in hand but he has had a full boat before, going into the Kentucky Derby and he has failed every time; he just may get it done on numbers this year but we will be looking at all the options, so be there and have a great time.

My ex-boss in my years as the Sports Book manager at the Stardust, Scotty Schettler (pictured), just came out with a great book called We Were Wise Guys And Didn’t Know It, and what a fun, honest and enlightening recollection of those great days when Vegas was still Vegas.

You can pick up the book at; order it you will not be disappointed and you can also catch a photo of me with hair and my buddy, “I haven’t had a winner since 1966” Syl Valella. The one thing that I remember from my days behind the counter at the “Dust” was that of power, not the power of moving the numbers, but the power of the pen as it was called. Once you got the power of the pen you had made it in this town, and everyone became your friend.

In those days there were no player’s card, the bosses where behind the counter and knew how their players were and that was how games were moved … not totally on the money someone bet, but on who made the bet.

We had two Alan’s that bet, one was a real sharpie and the other was just a so-so everyday nickel and dime bettor. One was white and the other, rest his soul, was black, so when one made a big bet I would say move it because that was white Alan that made the bet; or don’t move it because that was black Alan.

Anyway back to the power of the pen. In my position I could comp the coffee shop and the smaller restaurants but Scotty Schettler was the only one who could comp the showrooms and the gourmet restaurant. He would leave a few signed comps with me in case he was not there so I could take care of the good customers. I got so good at signing his name that I never asked him to leave me any comps.

One day he got a comp back and the guy who I wrote it for must have went crazy with the wine list and he really ran it up, as we did not put prices on the comps in those days; they were just open comps.

Scotty looked at his signature and just walked away.

There was a big day to be had in baseball this past week, as I have written in my past articles you must stay away from those -200 favorites and higher. This past Thursday, there were three -200 and higher teams, and you could have made a three team parlay with three underdogs, Astros, +200, Nationals +220 and the Mets +200 and made a nice little score as all three big dogs won straight up.

We almost had our first ten-game streak of the season, but the Orioles stopped their losing streak at nine.

It will be all Kentucky Derby next week so don’t forget to check back here.


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