A great 'Day' for Las Vegas horses

Oct 7, 2008 5:04 PM

Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber |

last week

With football in full swing we have just a little over two weeks until the Breeders’ Cup which will be a huge two-day event this year with races Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25.

There will big doings going on that weekend including a seminar at Palace Station on Thursday, Oct. 23. Hosting the seminar will be none other than yours truly along with legendary horse handicapper Sir Ralph Siraco and top Stations horse handicapper the very knowledgeable Vic Vivio.

We will cover all the races and put together community Pick 6 and Pick 4 tickets for both days. This one is a must-go and will start around 6 p.m. Thursday. I’ll have more details in next week’s column.

Also leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, Wynn head guy Johnny Avello will be hosting The Breeders’ Cup Legends Tour featuring legendary jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero and Laffit "The Pirate" Pincay Jr. on Thursday, Oct. 16 from noon to 3 p.m.

The event will feature a question and answer session, meet and greet and photograph opportunities. It’s another must-go if you are a fan as I am. Look forward to seeing you all at both spots.

Now getting to football, last week’s results were good. I managed to steer clear of the big favorites that I like (they went 4-8 ATS). My picks in college went 7-1-1. I will say no more and move on.


Thursday, Oct. 9

Clemson +2½ at Wake Forest: The Tigers were highly touted as a possible No. 1, but have not lived up to that billing. They fell to Alabama in Game 1 as a TD favorite and lost to Maryland, which just got shut out by Virginia. WAKE FOREST.

Saturday, Oct. 11

East Carolina -5 at Virginia: The host Cavaliers woke up big time last week blanking Maryland, 31-0. East Carolina is now 0-3 ATS as the chalk this year. VIRGINIA.

Iowa -6 at Indiana: Usually not a good move to lay points on the road in the Big Ten, but the Hawkeyes are in double revenge mode for this road game coming off losses to Hoosiers the last two years. IOWA.

Vanderbilt -1½ at Miss St: You can really sink your teeth into this game as the Commodores are 5-0 SU and ATS and are coming off a huge win not only for the team but the entire program. They will be celebrating all week and could be in for big trouble traveling to Starkville as the favorite. Bulldogs had an extra week to get ready for this game after showing spark against LSU in last outing. All signs point to a big Bulldogs win. MISSISSIPPI ST.

Notre Dame +7 at N. Carolina: The Tar Heels really looked good the last two weeks and are the better team, especially at Chapel Hill. I will continue to go against the Irish. They just aren’t that good. UNC.

New Mexico +24 at BYU: The Lobos can play and this looks like a very good spot to take three touchdowns and a field goal. The Lobos only lost by 7 last year and do believe they will stay close once again. NEW MEXICO.

Arizona -6 at Stanford: Zona can score and will look to get revenge from last year’s 21-20 home loss. The visitor has won three straight matchups in this Pac-10 series. ARIZONA.

Penn St -5 at Wisconsin: This will be a good one to watch, but not listen to as it will be on ABC. Those announcers will ruin the game, so turn the sound off. Take the points and relax with a beer or a nice glass of wine. Badgers coming off a difficult loss at home against the Buckeyes last week, only their second home setback in four years. WISCONSIN.

Tulane +6 at UTEP: Green Wave players must have gone on an early Thanksgiving vacation starting with the second half of the SMU game two weeks ago. This past week they were humiliated by Army 44-13 as a 20-point favorite. The only good thing here is that Miners are just 1-13 ATS the last 14 times as the favorite. TULANE.


This week’s plays:

LIONS +13 (this game is no different than taking the Bengals last week at +16 ½). RAMS +14, ditto.

FLASH: Steubenville Big Red stormed to their 57th straight regular season win with a huge 41-7 victory over previously undefeated Wheeling Park.