Triple Crown winners thing of the past

May 22, 2007 6:02 AM

Now it is on to the Belmont Stakes in three weeks and again no Triple Crown winner and, in my humble opinion, we may never see another.

There is a better chance of seeing a major league pitcher toss three straight complete games. With pitchers on a pitch count and clauses in their contracts, it’s hard to get one complete game much less three straight. Ditto for the Triple Crown. We see different surfaces, hidden drugs and most horses with ability being babied. Horses just are not getting enough races to be hardened for the rigors of three grueling races over a 7- week period.

The Nevada race books and network TV were all rooting for Street Sense to get the job done in the Preakness. It looked good until Curlin nipped him at the wire. Now the Belmont will be just another race with all the hype gone and basically a rubber match between Street Sense and Curlin.

The connections of Hard Spun should be out looking for an easier spot like the Ohio Derby with little or no chance of beating either the Derby or Preakness winner in the Belmont. We’ll probably see a very short field unless the juiceless Todd Pletcher can get one of his Derby or Preakness also-rans juiced up to make a run in the Belmont. The odds are long.

I hope at least six sign up so at least you will be able to play a house Q with Curlin and Street Sense, although there has been talk that Street Sense may skip the Belmont and concentrate on the Travers later this summer at Saratoga.

As I stated last week, this race looked so easy that the cave man could hit it. Knowing the payoffs would be small, I just boxed the top three in a trifecta and made a key house Q, using Street Sense on top with Curlin and Hard Spun. It didn’t win much, but a profit is a profit.

By the way super trainer Pletcher kept his Triple Crown record intact — 0-for-28. He looked to have a lock on the Derby, winning multiple prep races. However, when the chips were down, he was up the track. Very strange.

One more racing note: Hollywood Park has continued to be a real enigma for handicappers. It has become very difficult for some horses to transfer their good Santa Anita form on to the HP cushion track, leading to many big prices. On the other side, many horses that could not handle the Santa Anita dirt really take to the HP cushion and pay big prices.

This past Saturday and Sunday was no different with big priced horses abound, leading to a huge two-day weekend pick 6 carryover that could reach $3 million this coming Wednesday. I’m not a Pick 6 player, but can’t resist a little $24 ticket in hopes that I just could be walking around lucky. Remember if you don’t buy a lottery ticket, you will never hit it. Same with the pick 6 so it makes sense to make the $2 wager.

If you are looking for any of my key horses to help you out, just e-mail me and I will be very happy to help out.

Hard times in baseball

Just taking a quick look at baseball, which at one time was my best sport at producing a profit, the good betting streaks have been very choppy.

Run line successes have been few and far between. In the beginning you could depend on getting the Nationals a few times a week at +1½ and money, but now even they are looking professional after going 7-3 in the past 10 games.

As for the NL, the West still looks wide open. The Central looked like it was going to be all Brewers, but now they have lost 7-of-10. In the East, it still looks like a two team race with the Braves and Mets. I really favor the Mets and may go out looking for a good price on them to win the World Series.

In the AL, the Red Sox look to be a cinch in the East. Their usual nemesis, the Yanks continue to lose starting pitchers. In the Central, it’s the Indians and the Tigers. Both have booming bats and figure to come right down to the wire. The Angels are playing good ball in the West, but I don’t see them running away in what could be a three team race.

NOTE: Don’t forget to take a shot at this Wednesday’s big pick six at HP! And, the Hilton’s Jay Kornegay said the Preakness outcome did well for the house. He told GamingToday that the handle was great, the atmosphere terrific and the race exciting.