Zenyatta

Nov 9, 2010 7:06 AM

 

Sometimes what’s seen really isn’t.

To me, the great Zanyatta kept her perfect streak going and finished off her career 20-0. The record books may not indicate it, but those who witnessed her great performance this past Saturday will.

I am not the one to play the blame game but there were several things that hampered Zenyatta. One was the slow break, another was Mike Smith dropping her down on the slow rail once in the second turn.

If you witnessed the previous races that day, the times were very slow for these types of horses, almost a second off – mostly, in my opinion, caused by excessive watering. The inside was not the place to be.

With less than three furlongs to go, Smith had to steady and altered Zenyatta to the outside where she should have been all along. That cost her the race as far as the record books.

Blame had the perfect trip, well off the rail and four wide entering the stretch and just did manage to last. The Mighty Zenyatta was past him like a flash past the wire.

Some things did irritate me this Breeder’s Cup – like the TVG experts saying how she just met a better horse. What a bunch of crap! What race were they watching?

The other thing that really bothered me and was a huge black eye for horse racing was the last race on Friday. The second favorite (Todd Pletcher’s-trained Life At Ten) did not get scratched after her jockey JR Velazquez told anyone that would listen that there was something wrong with her.

Even the trainer admitted something was wrong. Where were the vets? She should have been declared out and all those bettors would not have gotten robbed. Life At Ten did not break and was eased as was all our money.

Someone needs to take accountability for this debacle. Otherwise, we will see horse racing continue its downslide as us horse players can take only so much. Thank you, Zenyatta, for a great run and we will be looking forward to your babies run.

Last week we managed to eke out a little win in college football. We went 6-4 and in the NFL it all depended on what number you got with the Eagles as they opened -1½, but got bet up to -2 and they won by 2.

Our Chargers bet won, but the Pats were a no show in Cleveland. The Browns have really come alive and look to be a must bet when getting points. Let’s see if we can get some winners this week.

NCAA

Saturday, Nov. 13

Iowa -11 at Northwestern: The Hawkeyes sitting at 7-2 with three games left, including Ohio State. They need to win at least two and head to a major bowl game. The Wildcats are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 and have covered only once all season. IOWA.

Michigan -12 at Purdue: We have basically put a fork in the Boilermakers while the Wolverines sit at 6-3 and look to find a bowl game. They need one win from their next 3. Michigan doesn’t play much defense but will outscore Purdue. MICHIGAN.

Texas A&M -3 at Baylor: The Aggies coming off first win over Oklahoma since 2002 and will be celebrating all week. The Bears in good spot for the straight out win and revenge from last year’s 38-3 drubbing in College Station. Money line good. BAYLOR.

Vanderbilt +14 at Kentucky: Vandy is yet another team you can put a fork in. The offense is long gone while the Wildcats can hang some big numbers on the score board. If Cats win then beat Tennessee, they go bowling. KENTUCKY.

Utah -5 at Notre Dame: The "Gipper" must be going crazy seeing the once mighty Irish getting 5 from Utah in South Bend but the Irish catch the Utes at a good time. Their undefeated hopes went down in a blaze last week at home against TCU, 47-7. ND.

Memphis +17 at Marshall: Memphis is one bad team going 0-5 SU and ATS in the last 5. Thundering Heard has won and covered last two with good defense. Look for them to shut down the Tigers. MARSHALL.

Georgia +9 at Auburn: Just don’t see 10-0 Auburn with $$$ signs in their eyes looking ahead to the big game in Alabama in two weeks. Tigers will be all business to keep BCS dreams alive and get big time revenge from last year’s loss in Athens. AUBURN.

Oregon -20 at Cal: Depending on when you bet last week you could have gotten the winner with the dog. The line went up to -38 in some spots with all the money on the quackers. California has become one bad road team but has won all four at home games with ease. Look for them to play with some big emotion after getting humiliated in Eugene last year 42-3. We just may sit and wait for -21. CALIFORNIA.

Oklahoma St -6 at Texas: Longhorns another in a long line of teams that have packed it in. Offense is nil and we should have known something was wrong in Austin after getting hammered by UCLA 34-12 back in September. The Cowboys have too much fire power. OKLA ST.

Penn St +18 at Ohio St: The only thing wrong with this game is that we will need to watch it on ABC and listen to all those talking heads. Should be a romp. OHIO ST.

NFL

My best play this week will be the Colts -7 as they catch the Bengals off a big Monday nighter against arch rival Pittsburgh. Cincy is 0-9 ATS after playing Pittsburgh. Bet this one early and key in all parlays and teasers.

 

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