Form says avoid DRF, Wake, Zags

Feb 24, 2004 4:17 AM

One form, one price.

That’s all the books are asking for in Las Vegas. Meanwhile the arrogant Daily Racing Form (DRF), instead of getting with the Nevada race books to find a way to lower racing form prices are going to raise them.

Race books in Nevada spend big time bucks on several forms on a daily basis and weekends have three different forms. If this can’t be settled, they will most likely have to pass the extra expense on to the players. It seems like the players always get the worst of it.

I myself say just go to the new Sports Eye form. It has all the tracks in one listing. It’s easy to read and affordable to all. The books would be able to give them away to the players. I think the DRF is due for a little lesson and perhaps they will come around. If not, we can get used to Sports Eye.

We need the books to come together, if possible, and do a little boycott of their own. Then, things will get done.

Just an after thought, if you happened to be reading the form on Sunday, I was looking in the Aqueduct section for the trainer standings. What I got was the trainer standings for Laurel. And, DRF wants to raise the price!

Saber’s Slam Dunks
Wednesday, Feb. 25

NC State (+5) at Ga Tech: Both teams are heading to the Big Show from the brutal ACC. Tech coming off a home loss Sunday against Wake Forest and seeking revenge from a 4-point loss at Raleigh. Last home game for Yellow Jackets, who finish on the road at Clemson and Duke. GA TECH.

Thursday, Feb. 26

Marquette (—7) at S. Florida: Golden Eagles were in the NCAA semifinals last year and may not even make the show. Lay the points. MARQUETTE.

San Diego (+29) at Gonzaga: Bulldogs have West Coast Conference locked up. San Diego at the bottom waiting for season to end. Toreros hung in during first meeting as a 20-pt dog, losing 85-73. Take the points and hope for mercy! SAN DIEGO.

Saturday, Feb. 28

St. Joseph’s (—14) at Rhode Island: Hawks looking for top seed in NCAA tournament and an undefeated season go into Kingston to face a good Rams. St. Joe’s beat URI two weeks ago in Philly as a 20-pt favorite, 73-59. You will see all out effort by the Rams, who are after an NIT bid. RHODE ISLAND.

Wake Forest (+2) at Maryland: Playing in the toughest conference in college hoopdom, Terrapins desperately need a win. Maryland seeks revenge from a 93-85 loss at Wake. The 18,000 at Comcast Center will be rockin and rollin. Lay the points. MARYLAND.

Memphis (+12) at Louisville: Tigers took the measure of the Cardinals in Memphis as a four-point dog, 62-58. Memphis in real battle in C-USA. Both are heading to the big show. Should be an all-out war. MEMPHIS.

Missouri (+2) at Kansas State: Mizzu on bubble and in must win situation. If the Tigers lose, they’ll have to win the tourney to make the NCAAs. Mizzu handled K-State nicely at home (62-53) and will eke out the sweep here. MISSOURI.

Texas Tech (+11) at Texas: Longhorns trying to run down Okla State (their next opponent) in Big 12. TT just may get overlooked a tad here. The Raiders lost 62-61 to Texas in Lubbock. Look for another defensive battle here. TEXAS TECH, UNDER.

U Conn (—10) at Villanova: Big difference from playing in the Pavillion (6,500) to Philly’s downtown Wachovia Center which holds 21,000. VILLANOVA.

Iowa State (+9) at Nebraska: Huskers got hammered in Ames. Return the favor here. NEBRASKA.

Notre Dame +1 at UCLA: Irish must travel cross country from Rhode Island to LA, play the Bruins then get on a plane and fly to Washington DC and play G-town. I would find out who made this schedule and fire them at once. Take the Irish in this game and then bet against them at Georgetown. NOTRE DAME.

Cincinnati (pk) at NC Charlotte: With C-USA up for grabs, take the 49ers as they try to sweep the Bearcats. Cincy lost at home as a 16-point favorite, 86-83. CHARLOTTE.

Oregon (+14) at Stanford: Cardinal undefeated and all alone atop the Pac 10. Stanford beat the Ducks by just three in Eugene. Ducks will give their all here. OREGON.

Utah State (—9) at UC Irvine: Aggies looking for NCAA bid. Anteaters covered first meeting as 13-point dog in a 57-48 defeat. Irvine will hang in a low scoring game, catching the Aggies in sandwich job. CAL-IRVINE.

ETSU (+2) at C of Charleston: The Buccaneers, undefeated and on top of Southern Conference North, were able to go into Fresno and get win in bracket buster last Saturday. E. TENNESSEE.

Marist (+21) at Manhattan: Manhattan Jaspers much the best in Metro, crushed the Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie. Expect blowout at home, in front of the 3,000 strong at Draddy Gym. MANHATTAN.

Sunday, Feb. 29

Ohio State (+11) at Michigan: Wolverines get job done against hated rival in their last home game to keep NCAA hopes alive. MICHIGAN.

Oklahoma (+10) at Kansas: If KU loses at Texas, lay the points. If Rock Chalk goes wild on Longhorns, it could benefit Sooners. Take wait and see approach. Assuming that Kansas does win at Texas, take the points. OKLAHOMA.

Kentucky (+1) at LSU: Helter skelter, Kentucky has bid locked up going into Baton Rouge. LSU.

Syracuse (+11) at Pittsburgh: Physical Panthers caught the Orangemen in a good spot at Syracuse in a crushing 66-45 victory. This will be first of three road games for the Cuse. Expect top effort. SYRACUSE.

Last week: 7-9-2

Season: 39-28