Baseballhot on 4th

Jun 26, 2007 7:01 AM

The "Dog Days of Summer" are here with the temps in Vegas seemingly over 100 degrees forever.

Our next big attraction in down time will be Independence Day or the 4th of July, for those hailing from Middle America. To most gamblers, it means getting closer to football season. That means getting parlay cards, Sunday and Monday night games and an array of contests and betting opportunities.

The great thing about football season is getting to bet on both college and pro football. Usually we get some games during the week just to peek our interest. There will be some new contests this year, including a really interesting one. We’ll leave that discussion for later.

Now, it’s still baseball, WNBA (for all the real "sickos" out there), some boxing and soccer. For me, it’s baseball only. I just love heading into July baseball with some teams clearing themselves from the rest of the pack. Take the Red Sox, who appear to clearly be baseball’s best team.

The Angels look like an easy winner in the American League West with little or no competition in that division. The big race is in the AL Central between the Tigers and the Indians. This one really looks like it will come down to the wire for these two top notch teams. I may take a little flyer on the Tigers to win it all if I can find the right price.

As for the National League, the surprising Brewers look to have the upper hand in the Central. The rest of the division is playing under .500 ball. The mighty Cubs, who just swept the hapless White Sox, are second with a 35-39 record. What a sorry division!

In the East, the Mets are the best team and will most likely get there. Atlanta started strong, but has slipped to 38-38 using paper bats of late. The Braves have scored just one run in their last five games heading into the series with Washington that began Monday. The NL West will be wide open heading into September with San Francisco the only team out of it.

Del Mar contest calling

If you’re looking for a way to stay busy and cool, with a chance at some big bucks, Del Mar is the answer. In the past, it was a way of life that most horse players and even those that really didn’t play the ponies would be getting ready to head to Del Mar and the cool ocean breezes.

I would head down with some friends for at least a couple of weeks, but now have been priced out and relegated to a few days here and there. But my interest will still be peeked with Station Casinos and its Last Man Standing Del Mar Handicapping horse racing contest.

I just love this contest even if with the $25 entry fee. It’s worth the money, plus you can purchase three entries and get a fourth free. So the free word is there and I will take advantage of it. In this Del Mar contest, you just have to do pick one horse for every entry you make that day. All that horse has to do is finish first, second or third and you stay alive until the next day.

Then just keep going until your horse runs out of the money. With four entries, I should be able to last at least a week. I will keep you posted as the contest gets going. You can sign up at any of the nine Stations properties — Palace (my spot) Boulder, Sunset, Santa Fe (great new book) Green Valley, Texas, Red Rock (the hub), Fiesta Rancho and Henderson.

Stay cool at Del Mar and maybe I will see you at the track which opens Wednesday, July 18.