Say a prayerfor Barbaro

May 23, 2006 4:53 AM

The big story, of course, is Barbaro fracturing his right hind ankle in the Preakness.

Following successful surgery, Barbaro was standing and eating. His team says it’s still a coin toss for saving his life. They fused the ankle, but there could be many complications during his recovery. His connections say it’s a long road ahead for survival.

Watching this on TV with friends and family left us all in shock. It was like I stepped back into time to the match race between the great filly Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure when she broke and had to be put down. At least, Barbaro has a chance.

It’s possible we will never see another Triple Crown winner with the rigors of winning these three races at different distances on different tracks during a short time span. Take the last three winners of the Kentucky Derby.

”¡ Giacomo won, but has failed to win another race since.

”¡ Smarty Jones failed in the Belmont and never did recover after an injury.

”¡ Closing Argument, the horse Giacomo beat in the Derby, is long gone.

Afleet Alex won the Preakness and Belmont got hurt and went to stud the next year.

Funny Cide had a very good career., but War Emblem never won after the Preakness.

We need to hope for Barbaro’s recovery and that he can give us some little Barbaro’s.

ROYAL FLUSH:
KC-Florida:

Last week’s moneymaker in baseball was wagering $100 on a Royals-Marlins parlay.

Starting this week, the Royals have lost nine straight games and the Marlins seven. Now that’s a nice little profit.

I have been betting run lines when getting plus money with 1½ runs. In the past week these two teams have fit that category five times. The only winner came last Thursday when KC lost 6-5.

My plan is to stay the course and hope for a turnaround. That doesn’t mean going down with the ship.

If they’re going to wear throwback uniforms, make the home plate ump use the big balloon chest protector and have the male fans wear white suits and women don dresses from the 40’s and 50’s. Gloves would be nice.

GamingToday well-wishes go out to legendary handicapper Bobbie Bryde, who wrote a top notch NHL column several years for our publication. Get well soon BB. We’re rooting for you and Barbaro!