We are closing in on the May 2 Kentucky Derby and for the Vegas race books it can’t get here soon enough.
Palace Station will be hosting a Derby Seminar on Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. in the race book. Vic Vivio, Race Day Las Vegas host Ralph Siraco and yours truly will be holding court. The seminar is free and a must attend for the goodies, if not to hear the three of us outline the Kentucky Oaks and Derby.
There will also be free food and cocktail service along with a drawing. It will be a good time just like it was for those who attended our Breeders’ Cup Seminar. I will also be putting together a community superfecta ticket for the Kentucky Derby. Anyone can buy in and hope that we can pluck a huge ticket. We will see you in two weeks!
The last two major Kentucky Derby prep races (the Blue Grass Stakes with a purse of 705K and the Arkansas Derby worth a cool million) were run this past Saturday. In the Arkansas Derby, the California horse Papa Clem showed that he could be rated and came from off the pace to run down Old Fashioned, the even money favorite.
Old Fashioned was almost everyone’s Derby horse last year but now will sit, which is a good thing as he was never going to get that distance. Win Willy who beat Old Fashioned the last time they met and paid over $100 was fourth.
Trainer Gary Stute has done a real good job with Papa Clem and jockey Rafael Bejarano fits this guy like a glove. Another chalk went down in the Blue Grass as 2-1 favorite Hold Me Back could not run down the 14-1 General Quarters, who is a story in itself.
General Quarters is owned, trained and bred by Thomas McCarthy who will make his first visit to the Derby and a lot of people will be rooting for the little guy. It looks like top Derby contender Dunkirk will find his way into the top 20 graded money earners, setting the stage for the rematch with Quality Road.
As for my Kentucky Derby horse I Want Revenge, I just hope this guy is the real deal and not under the influence of Jeff Mullins and his new stuff called Air Power which he was caught giving to his horse Gato Go Win in the detention barn prior to the running of the Bay Shore stakes April 6.
The company that makes this over the counter cocktail says that it is all natural and consists of honey, apple cider, vinegar, aloe vera, menthol, oil of eucalyptus and ethyl alcohol. They say it’s like an herbal cough remedy. The company Finish Line calls it safe for pre-event/race/performance and says it should not be administered in a holding area.
Hey Mullins, what were you thinking?
With football parlay card season over, there’s extra time to visit race and sports books in the Valley. I make some bets, check out what’s offered, examine the friendliness and knowledge of the employees.
Sometimes I like to just walk the Strip and play square on vacation to break the monotony. My walk was ending at the MGM Grand and a place called the City Bar. I was greeted like I was in "Cheers" and everyone knew my name. The greeter was bartender Lisa Perrone, who talked me into her world famous Jello Shots.
The MGM MIRAGE may be a little strapped for cash, but they are not lacking in service as Lisa has been an Employee of the Month. She really made my tourist walk fun. So if you’re near the MGM, the City Bar is a must stop. Ask for Lisa Perrone and one of those world famous Jello shots.
Now if we could get more employees like Lisa in some of the race and sports books around town just watch business pick up.
Baseball note: If you started the season betting every home dog +1½ runs, you would be 21-10.