We are down to the Final Four of March Madness with two No. 1 seeds (Connecticut and North Carolina) a No. 2 (Michigan State) and a No. 3 (Villanova).
No major upsets to speak of and I do believe any of the four can win, but will side with UConn to win it all even though I will be rooting for Villanova.
Baseball is right around the corner with opening day this Sunday featuring the Atlanta Braves at the world champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Red Sox were scheduled to open their season on Monday, April 6, but they will have to wait.
It seems everybody will be celebrating Passover in the year of 5769.
Red Sox manager Theo Epstein announced that the Sox home opener will be postponed to April 14 to avoid the eight days of the Passover holiday. Three of his starters are Jewish as are his box seat holders. We will just have to wait and see.
This is also holy week for all Christians so maybe we should just move the starting dates of baseball up a week?
For more insanity I read in an email that my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers will lose Super Bowl Trophies. The Steelers who have amassed six Super Bowl Trophies may lose three. After President Obama met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Obama decided to redistribute half of the Steelers Super Bowl victories and trophies to less fortunate teams in the league. It will start with last year’s win and trophy going to the hapless winless Detroit Lions so that their team and fans can feel better.
Let’s get back to some real news that you can bet on, like baseball. Cactus League home teams are 109-92 with the Angels 13-2 and the Brewers 10-1. The Grapefruit League home teams have gone 125-90 with the mighty Yanks best at 12-3.
With everyone back from the World Baseball Classic, look for the starters to go longer and managers to manage like it was regular season. If you like to tie up a few bucks, go and bet the Giants under 80½ wins for the season. They will be lucky to play .500 ball.
This coming Saturday is the Santa Anita Derby, the last major prep on the West Coast for the Kentucky Derby. The Pamplemousse will try to take his speed wire to wire against Pioneeerof The Nile.
It will also be another big comp giveaway day at Palace Station. These comp giveaway days have been a huge success so take a trip over, make a few bets, win some cash and maybe some comps. Right around the corner on Thursday, April 30, yours truly along with Vic Vivio and Ralph Siraco will be hosting a seminar at Palace Station in the race book.
The three of us will be going over both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby and also putting together a community superfecta ticket for the Derby in hopes of catching a big payday. This seminar is a must-come as our last one for the Breeders’ Cup was a huge success. There will be food and a prize drawing.
This past week the Florida Derby became a match race between the speedy Quality Road and the big closer Dunkirk. Quality Road got the best of Dunkirk and will now head to the Derby. I know a few happy people that are holding 175-1 future book tickets on Quality Road with Vivio being one of them.
As for Dunkirk, his second place money of 150K will probably not be enough graded earnings to get him to the first Saturday in May. He will need to race one more time or wait for the Preakness or the Belmont Stakes.
If you want an almost sure bet, just wager that there will be no Triple Crown winner. One other race of note was last Sunday’s 800K Sunland Derby, won by Kelly Leak one of our Horses To Watch right here on this website. He paid $6.60.