Kid rock has Art all smiles

Apr 18, 2006 3:53 AM

Just recently Art Manteris became a brand new dad, bubbling and proud like a teenager going to his first prom. Last week, he was still bubbling.

Red Rock was born.

I was lucky enough to get a guided tour of the new Race and Sports book and it was like stepping into pure delight. Horse players finally have a Book for the 21st century. I think it’s the most beautiful Race and Sports Book in Nevada, if not the world.

It’s beyond description, a really top notch property. Just check out the entire Red Rock Hotel and Casino. Art has given most of the credit to Jason McCormick, the director of Race and Sports. Jason was in charge of our tour and did a great job. By the way if you like going out to dinner as I do (one of my hobbies, like playing the ponies) "The Rock" has some of the most beautiful bars and restaurants in Vegas.

A little vino, anyone?

Looking at baseball this past week, there were just a few good streaks. The Mets won seven straight, before losing 8-2 to the Brewers on Saturday. The Nationals had lost six straight before beating the Marlins on Saturday, 2-1. The pitiful Royals not only got swept by the Yankees, but suffered the same fate at the hands of the Devil Rays. Kansas City now heads into not so friendly U.S. Cellular Field with a seven game losing streak.

Meanwhile, the White Sox have won two straight and figure to be better than -300 for the game. The good thing is that the contest most likely will be rained out. The bad thing is that if they play, I will be on KC +1½ runs plus the money. To date, I have had six plays at +1½ runs and have gone 3-3. My three losers were the Royals when they got blitzed by the Yanks.

I really should have won the first game, but the KC bullpen gave up a five run ninth and lost 9-7. But I do believe things will even up as the season progresses. I do know the Yanks can hit and score, but the pitching staff is just average. Yanks/OVER looks to be a good play all year.

Speaking about pitching, what the heck happened to the great young Pirates staff? I just can’t believe these guys regressed so much when showing so much promise last year. It’s like a complete reverse. A year ago, the Bucs weren’t hitting, but the pitching was great. Now, the pitching stinks and Pittsburgh bats are stinging the ball. Well, it’s a long season and I’m still looking for the pitching to get going. It better happen by the All Star break or you can put a fork in them and my season OVER wins bet!

3 weeks to Derby

Every book I walk into, someone asks me who I like. It seems each week I have a different answer. I need Bob and John at 100-1! As far as preference, I just won’t know until the field and the all important post positions are determined. A few horses I don’t like, including Lawyer Ron who has been beating up the same opposition in slow times for the past six months.

Ron can run against this crew and has the looks of a horse loving to be there, but I don’t think that he can beat a good crew of graded stakes winners going 1¼ on that first Saturday in May. Another getting a lot of hype is Sweetnorthernsaint, who just destroyed an average field in the Illinois Derby by nine widening lengths running a huge beyer. But he couldn’t beat a top notch field in the Gotham, losing to Like Now and Keyed Entry.

As for Keyed Entry, he had it all his way in the Wood. However, he could not hold off Bob and John or the fast-closing Jazil in settling for third. I really like undefeated Barbaro, but he bucking 50 years of history trying to win the KD off five weeks rest.

I will have a courtesy bet on him and Mike Matz, who I love as the trainer.