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Monday, January 27, 2014


Hey, What Do I Know About Hockey?


CORONA, NY, January 26, 2014—It’s been a while since the boss has allowed me a little space to vent. I thought six months for what he called “impudence” was a bit too many days.

Give somebody a little power and they forget where they came from. But not me.

I need you all to know that, even if this is a horse racing website, I consider it my patriotic duty to bet on the Super Bowl, but I have to be honest; I don’t really have a feel for this matchup.

The obvious is to shade the Broncos. I know my man Marc Lawrence likes them (see his analysis on “The Big Game” right here on HRI.

Any big game, especially football, is all about momentum at payoffs time. This kid from Seattle certainly has had a big year but he’s been hot and cold through the tournament, as Coach Parcellls used to call it, sometimes even from one quarter to the next.

If baseball championships are about pitching and defense, football championships are about quarterbacks and defense. The Seahawks hold an edge on defense. However, on the other side of the scrimmage line is a surefire first-round Hall of Famer, one of the best quarterbacks in the game’s history.

And we go back to Charlie Conerly and Otto Graham and Bobby Layne and all those that followed.

Since we love the action, we got the skinny on a dizzying array of prop bets, which range from whimsical to serious football nerd stuff. For the uniformed, prop betting in Vegas is huge, with a capital U.

So, check these out, courtesy of Bovada head oddsmaker Pat Morrow:

Entertainment Odds and Ends

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will it snow during the game?
Yes +300 (3/1)
No -500 (1/5)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - What will be the temperature at Kickoff?
Over/Under 34 degrees Fahrenheit

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How long will it take Renee Fleming to sing the US National Anthem?
Over 2 minutes 30 seconds EVEN (1/1)
Under 2 minutes 30 seconds -140 (5/7)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will it snow during the game?
Yes +300 (3/1)
No -500 (1/5)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - What will be the temperature at Kickoff?
Over/Under 34 degrees Fahrenheit

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - What will be the lowest temperature during the game?
Over/Under 31 degrees Fahrenheit

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will the power go out in the stadium during the game?
Yes 25/1

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Renee Fleming forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Yes +250 (5/2)
No -400 (1/4)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Renee Fleming wear gloves when she starts singing the US National Anthem?
Yes -200 (1/2)
No +150 (3/2)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - If Renee Fleming wears gloves when she starts singing US National Anthem what color will they be?
White 5/4
Black 3/2
Red 4/1
Any Other Color 3/1

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the singing of the National Anthem?
Yes +400 (4/1)
No -700 (1/7)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many times will Peyton Manning say "Omaha" during the game?
Over/Under 27½

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV during the game?
Over/Under 2½

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many times will Eli Manning be shown on TV during the game?
Over/Under 3½

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - What will be said more during the game?
Reference to Denver Broncos #1 or Best Offense -110
Reference to Seattle Seahawks #1 or Best Defense -110

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Which coach will be mentioned first by name after kickoff?
Pete Carroll -110
John Fox -110

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Who will be seen first on TV after kickoff?
Erin Andrews -140 (5/7)
Pam Oliver EVEN (1/1)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a tweet during the Super Bowl from kickoff until final whistle?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many times will "12th man" be said during the game?
Over/Under 2½

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many times will "Beast Mode" be said during the game?
Over/Under 2

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will the announcers say the word "Marijuana" during the game?
Yes +550 (11/2)
No -900 (1/9)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will the announcers refer to Russell Wilson being drafted in the MLB?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play a song on stage at the same time?
Yes -200 (1/2)
No +150 (3/2)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Which song will Bruno Mars perform first?
Treasure 2/1
Grenade 5/2
Locked Out Of Heaven 3/1
Just The Way You Are 6/1
Marry You 7/1
The Lazy Song 10/1
Gorilla 10/1

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - What will Bruno Mars be wearing on his head at the start of his Half Time performance?
Fedora 2/3
No hat 2/1
Fur Hat 5/1
Tuque 8/1

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance
Yes EVEN (1/1)
No -140 (5/7)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will the Halftime show break the record for most watched ever (Record Madonna 114 million viewers)
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will any player receive a penalty for excessive celebration?
Yes +300 (3/1)
No -500 (1/5)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Who will Barack Obama pick to win the game?
Seattle Seahawks -110
Denver Broncos -110

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Richard Sherman be interviewed on field after the game by Erin Andrews on the live FOX broadcast and shown on TV?
Yes -110
No -110

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
Clear/Water 2/1
Orange 3/1
Yellow 3/1
Red 5/1
Blue 7/1
Green 10/1

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the mention first in his speech?
Teammates 2/1
God 5/2
Fans 5/1
Other Team or Player on Other Team 7/1
Coach 12/1
Family 12/1
Owner 25/1
Does not mention any of the above 4/1

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - What will the TV Rating be for the Super Bowl?
Over/Under Nielsen Rating 47½

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many average viewers will the game have?
Over/Under 112 Million Viewers

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Which region will have the higher local TV Rating?
Denver -140 (5/7)
Seattle EVEN (1/1)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
Market Up -140 (5/7)
Market Down EVEN (1/1)

Team/Game Props

Margin of Victory
Seattle Seahawks 1 to 6 points 15/4
Seattle Seahawks 7 to 12 points 5/1
Seattle Seahawks 13 to 18 points 8/1
Seattle Seahawks 19 to 24 points 16/1
Seattle Seahawks 25 to 30 points 28/1
Seattle Seahawks 31 to 36 points 40/1
Seattle Seahawks 37 or more points 33/1
Denver Broncos 1 to 6 points /2
Denver Broncos 7 to 12 points 5/1
Denver Broncos 13 to 18 points 15/2
Denver Broncos 19 to 24 points 12/1
Denver Broncos 25 to 30 points 20/1
Denver Broncos 31 to 36 points 33/1
Denver Broncos 37 or more points 25/1

Total 1st Half Team Points - Seattle Seahawks
Over/Under 12

Total Team Points - Seattle Seahawks
Over/Under 23½

Total 1st Half Team Points - Denver Broncos
Over/Under 13

Total Team Points - Denver Broncos
Over/Under 25

Team to score first wins the game
Yes -160 (5/8)
No +140 (7/5)

Longest Touchdown in the Game
Over/Under 42½

Shortest Touchdown in the Game
Over/Under 1½

Total Touchdowns in the game
Over/Under 5½

Will there be a defensive or special teams TD scored in the game?
Yes +160 (8/5)
No -200 (1/2)

The first score of the game will be?
Seattle Seahawks Field Goal 7/2
Seattle Seahawks TD Pass 5/1
Seattle Seahawks Rushing TD 5/1
Seattle Seahawks Safety 40/1
Seattle Seahawks Defensive or Special Teams TD 20/1
Denver Broncos Field Goal 7/2
Denver Broncos TD Pass 3/1
Denver Broncos Rushing TD 7/1
Denver Broncos Safety 40/1

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will any player receive a penalty for excessive celebration?
Yes +300 (3/1)
No -500 (1/5)

Total Number of Penalties Made in the Game by Both Teams
Over/Under 12½

The largest points lead of the game by either team will be
Over/Under 13½

Will there be a Lead Change in the Second Half?
Yes (Lead Change in 2nd Half) +140 (7/5)
No (Lead Change in 2nd Half) -160 (5/8)

Longest Successful Field Goal in the Game
Over/Under 44½

How many successful 3 point Field Goals will be kicked in the game?
Over FGs O 3½ (+120, 6/5)
Under FGs U 3½ (-150, 2/3)

Will the game go to overtime?
Yes (Overtime) +600 (6/1)
No (Overtime) -1000 (1/10)

Will there be a scoreless quarter in the game?
Yes (Scoreless Quarter) +225 (9/4)
No (Scoreless Quarter) -280 (5/14)

Which Will be the Highest Scoring Quarter?
1st Quarter 4/1
2nd Quarter 9/5
3rd Quarter 5/2
4th Quarter 9/5

Will there be a score in the final 2 minutes of the 1st half?
Yes (Score in Final 2 Minutes of 1st Half) -275 (4/11)
No (Score in Final 2 Minutes of 1st Half) +220 (11/5)

Will either team score 3 unanswered times in the game?
Yes -180 (5/9)
No +150 (3/2)

Will either team successfully convert a 4th down attempt?
Yes (4th Down Converted) -200 (1/2)
No (4th Down Converted) +160 (8/5)

Will the Seattle Seahawks Successfully Convert a 4th Down?
Yes (Seahawks Convert a 4th Down) +150 (3/2)
No (Seahawks Do Not Convert a 4th Down) -180 (5/9)

Will the Denver Broncos Successfully Convert a 4th Down?
Yes (Broncos Convert a 4th Down) EVEN (1/1)
No (Broncos Do Not Convert a 4th Down) -140 (5/7)

Will a 2 point Conversion be Attempted in the Game?
Yes (2pt Conversion Attempted) +200 (1/2)
No (2pt Conversion Not Attempted) -250 (2/5)

Will the last play of the game be a QB Rush?
Yes (Last play QB Rush) -160 (5/8)
No (Last play QB Rush) +140 (7/5)

PLAYER PROPS

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - If the Broncos win will Peyton Manning retire before game 1 of the 2014 Regular Season?
Yes +700 (7/1)
No -1500 (1/15)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Peyton Manning throw a pick 6?
Yes +400 (4/1)
No -700 (1/7)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Richard Sherman receive a taunting penalty in the game?
Yes +400 (4/1)
No -700 (1/7)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Richard Sherman receive an unnecessary roughness penalty in the game?
Yes +550 (11/2)
No -900 (1/9)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Richard Sherman receive a pass interference penalty in the game?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)

Will Richard Sherman (SEA) record an interception?
Yes +200 (2/1)
No -260 (5/13)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Richard Sherman be interviewed on field after the game on the live FOX broadcast?
Yes -110
No -110

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Percy Harvin be injured in the game? (Must be injured and reported by broadcasters and not return to game)
Yes +200 (2/1)
No -300 (1/3)

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - Will Wes Welker drop a pass in the game?
Yes -110
No -110

Total Passing Yards - Russell Wilson (SEA)
Over/Under 199½

Total TD Passes - Russell Wilson (SEA)
Over 1½ (+140, 7/5)
Under 1½ (-160, 5/8)

Total Passing Attempts in the game - Russell Wilson (SEA)
Over/Under 26½

Total Rushing Yards - Russell Wilson (SEA)
Over/Under 30½

Total Rushing Yards - Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
Over/Under 87½

Longest Rush - Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
Over/Under 19½

Will Marshawn Lynch (SEA) score a TD in the game?
Yes -160 (5/8)
No +140 (7/5)

Total Receiving Yards - Percy Harvin (SEA)
Over/Under 40½

Total Passing Yards - Peyton Manning (DEN)
Over/Under 290½

Total TD Passes - Peyton Manning (DEN)
Over/Under 2½

Total TD Passes - Peyton Manning (DEN)
0 10/1
1 7/2
2 2/1
3 5/2
4 9/2
5 or more 10/1

Total Completions - Peyton Manning (DEN)
Over/Under 26½

Longest Completion - Peyton Manning (DEN)
Over/Under 37½

Total Passing Attempts in the game - Peyton Manning (DEN)
Over/Under 38½

Peyton Manning (DEN) - What will he do first?
Throw a TD Pass -275 (4/11)
Throw an Interception +220 (11/5)

Total Rushing Yards - Knowshon Moreno (DEN)
Over/Under 65½

Total Receiving Yards - Demaryius Thomas (DEN)
Over/Under 75½

Total Receiving Yards - Wes Welker (DEN)
Over/Under 57½

Total Receiving Yards - Eric Decker (DEN)
Over/Under 57½

Total Receiving Yards - Julius Thomas (DEN)
Over/Under 55½

MVP and First to Score a Touchdown Odds

Player to score the first TD in the game?
Marshawn Lynch (SEA) RB 5/1
Knowshon Moreno (DEN) RB 17/2
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR 9/1
Wes Welker (DEN) WR 9/1
Eric Decker (DEN) WR 9/1
Percy Harvin (SEA) WR 10/1
Golden Tate (SEA) WR 12/1
Julius Thomas (DEN) TE 12/1
Russell Wilson (SEA) QB 14/1
Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR 14/1
Montee Ball (DEN) RB 16/1
Zach Miller (SEA) TE 20/1
Jacob Tamme (DEN) TE 22/1
Robert Turbin (SEA) RB 33/1
Peyton Manning (DEN) QB 40/1
Field 6/1
No TD scored in the game 66/1

SUPER BOWL XLVIII MVP - Odds to Win

Peyton Manning (DEN) QB 6/5
Russell Wilson (SEA) QB 15/4
Marshawn Lynch (SEA) RB 9/2
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR 18/1
Percy Harvin (SEA) WR 20/1
Knowshon Moreno (DEN) RB 20/1
Wes Welker (DEN) WR 20/1
Eric Decker (DEN) WR 25/1
Richard Sherman (SEA) 25/1
Golden Tate (SEA) WR 25/1
Julius Thomas (DEN) TE 25/1
Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR 33/1
Earl Thomas (SEA) 40/1
Champ Bailey (DEN) 66/1
Montee Ball (DEN) RB 66/1
Kam Chancellor (SEA) 75/1
Steven Hauschka (SEA) 75/1
Matt Prater (DEN) 75/1
Michael Bennett (SEA) 100/1
Duke Ihenacho (DEN) 100/1
Zach Miller (SEA) TE 100/1
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DEN) 100/1
Danny Trevathan (DEN) 100/1
Field (Any Other Player) 22/1

HISTORICAL MATCHUPS

Historical Matchups - What will be higher?
Peyton Manning Passing Attempts Super Bowl XLVIII -200 (1/2)
John Elway Completions & Attempts Super Bowl XXXII (34 Total) +160 (5/8)

CROSS SPORT MATCHUPS

What will be higher?
Gold Medals by the USA in the 2014 Sochi Olympics +120 (6/5)
First Half Total Points by the Broncos -150 (2/3)

What will be higher?
Gold Medals by the Canada in the 2014 Sochi Olympics +150 (3/2)
First Half Total Points by the Seahawks -180 (5/9)

What will be higher?
Total Liverpool Goals vs West Brom -150 (2/3)
Russell Wilson TD Passes +120 (6/5)

What will be higher?
Alex Ovechkin Points vs Detroit EVEN (1/1)
Seattle Seahawks Sacks vs Denver -130 (10/13)

What will be higher?
Carey Price Saves vs Winnipeg -110
Russell Wilson Passing attempts in the game -110

What will be higher?
Jimmie Johnson finishing position in the Daytona 500 -110
Total Yards on Peyton Manning 1st Completion -110

Written by John Pricci

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Saturday, December 17, 2011


Tis The Season


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, December 17, 2011—Christmas Eve is a week from today and I’m not sure I’m ready for that psychologically. In fact, I know I’m not, and that’s no way to feel on “Super Saturday,” is it.

Really, how can any ordinary American, which I consider myself to be, be spiritually ready to embrace the concept of peace on earth and good will towards men and women?

People these days are always talking new paradigm, such as how government, or Thoroughbred racing is supposed to work, a different way to recapture former glory--at least for those who’ve been around enough to appreciate such a notion.

Here’s an idea; how about a new paradigm for Christmas? How about going back to the future, before there was such a thing as “Cyber Monday.”

Deck the halls… and harken back to a time when elected officials didn’t play politics with the lives of 160 million Americans who work for a living, the 90 percent who have jobs, a time when legislative gridlock wasn’t policy.

Consider this, K-Mart shoppers, that in 2009 Time magazine estimated that one of every 50 children in America were homeless. According to the latest estimates, that figure is now one in 45.

Tis the season…so how about going back to a time culturally when Thanksgiving didn’t mean Christmas is already here, when Yuletide didn’t signal it was time to begin compiling high-light, low-light, best-of, and worst-of lists, a time to bend over and kiss another year gone by.

Wouldn’t it be nice this Christmas if middle class Americans could occupy jobs and homes, not tents in the street, that being fair were more than just a baseball term? Terms had limits…fala-la-lala, lala-la-la.

How about going back 10 years and think about spending a couple of trillion dollars to fix broken schools, roads, bridges and rails and not on two wars fought and paid for with the lives of America’s best young people.

Then there’s the racetrack, where every day is heaven and every day is hell and the trick is not getting too high or too low, learning to sit down while the boat rocks.

For this game I’d love to find an equine Moses, have him or her gift-wrapped, and present this person to an industry badly in need of leadership, even if Thoroughbred racing is often more naughty than nice.

With fewer races on the Christmas list docket, post times could be staggered to help grow the handle, and free past performance data so that new players wouldn’t have to pay to learn so that they may earn.

Now, with fewer race days and this new paradigm—that word again--bettors could bet with real time odds while going up against an optimally lower takeout, the price point that becomes a universal rebate and ultimate revenue generator.

Or should we commission a few more studies, instead?

My Christmas wish would give regulators all the tools and dollars they need to continue striving toward uniform medication rules, that’s if I couldn’t eliminate race-day medication altogether.

I would build the game a national racing channel modeled after CNBC with new statistical handicapping data that’s less arcane and so logical that a high-schooler with a GED could do it.

I’d allow television to coordinate post times within a five-minute simulcast window on this new national news, handicapping and wagering network, segregating racetracks by time zone circuits; Eastern, Midwest and West.

And I would buy an HD signal for all my friends.

I think about these things because I cannot possibly live up to a Hallmark standard of what Christmas is supposed to be. I've become resentful of a season in which “Black Friday” used to be more about family fun and less about pepper spray.

Because all we’ve learned to do in America the last three decades is to become good at shopping. Can’t fool us. We’re sophisticated now, knowing there’s a difference between half off and buy one get one free. In the age of LOL and OMG, make that BOGO.

For a holiday meant to be about love and wonder and generosity, we now celebrate a season gone mad, where expectation often runs a bad second to dread; concerns about spending too much, too little, wrong size, wrong label.

This year in America I've been compelled to rethink Christmas. I don't need to make myself “feel” the Christmas spirit. One season of paying lip service to peace and good will cannot possibly erase the sadness and pain of a runaway American dream.

It is what it is, they say, and Christmas shall be whatever it can be. So I’m treading lightly, trying not to overthink what Christmas in America has become. I will celebrate it by being grateful for all my blessings; family, good friends, and a living that’s more a way of life than a job.

I surely can’t complain and I surely can’t fix what’s wrong. I don’t know how to fix it and that makes me mad as hell. I ask you: Is that anyway to feel a week and a lifetime away from what Christmas in America used to mean?

WWJD?

Written by John Pricci

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Friday, December 09, 2011


If There Were a Better Moment than the Delaware ‘Cap, I Missed It


SARATOGA SPRINGS, Decembert 9, 2011--The press realease from the NTRA indicating that fans may now start voting for Racing's 2011 Moment of the Year arrived Thursday morning, leading to this question: Am I eligible to vote? I have opinions, too.

We will take a look at some of this year's events to allow HRI readers, also an opinionated lot, to give their takes.

This is the 13th such "Moments" poll and I'm not sure any could top the pathos of the very first; the image of the late Chris Antley keeping Charismatic on his feet a hundred yards passed the Belmont Stakes finish line.

There have been some other truly memorable "Moments" as well: Tiznow winning a titanic stretch drive over Sakhee for America at Belmont Park in the first Classic run after 9/11. Birdstone's Belmont Stakes upset halting the Triple Crown bid of Smarty Jones three years later.

Then there was Barbaro’s brave battle in 2006; Rags to Riches’ historic Belmont Stakes defeat of Curlin and, of course, mighty Zenyatta’s Breeders’ Cup Classic score in 2009 and the following year’s Classic and her gallant effort behind Blame when all appeared hopelessly lost.

There were a dozen such moments that captured the attention of the NTRA panel. I’ll go down the list, one by one, give an immediate reaction to the then handicap those results from my personal favorites. To wit:

Game on Dude and Chantal Sutherland survive 10 furlongs and a 12-minute stewards’ inquiry in capturing the Santa Anita Handicap—Wrote about it when it happened; one of the toughest calls any group of stewards ever had to make in a big spot.

Rosie Napravnik guides Pants on Fire to victory in the Louisiana Derby en route to becoming the first woman to win a Fair Grounds riding title—Great ride, but I might have chosen the race that specifically accounted for her the riding title.

Uncle Mo suffers his first defeat, running third behind Toby’s Corner in Aqueduct’s Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial—Please, No More Mo, please.

Animal Kingdom runs down his foes in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands— Pretty yummy, but would I have given this effort a second thought had it not come in the Kentucky Derby?

Shackleford overcomes pre-race nervousness to hold off Animal Kingdom in the Preakness—Dramatic? Definitely. Memorable? Not so much

Blind Luck prevails by a nose over Havre de Grace following a stretch-long duel in the Delaware Handicap—Right now, as we go down the list, definitely makes the finals for being the most dramatic finish in a big spot this year.

Caleb’s Posse catches a stubborn Uncle Mo in the Foxwoods King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga—Damn good finish, one of the best I saw all year, but not sure this sprint has that kind of cache.

Havre de Grace beats the boys in Saratoga’s Woodward Stakes—Has greater Horse of the Year implications than the Delaware Handicap but given the timing of the season, when Blind Luck and Havre de Grace were sharing the spotlight, not as “memorable” for me.

Joseph O’Brien, 18, becomes the youngest jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race, piloting St. Nicholas Abbey to victory in the Emirates Airline Turf for his father, Aidan O’Brien— From a historical perspective alone, and given daddy’s season, both here and aboard, this moment has to make the cut.

Court Vision spoils Goldikova’s attempt at a fourth consecutive TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile win, upsetting the field at 64-1—A race and result that was, for me personally, more forgettable than memorable.

Drosselmeyer and Mike Smith edge Game on Dude and Chantal Sutherland at the wire of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, giving trainer Bill Mott his second “Classic” in 24 hours— A tough call. If it weren’t for the Mike-Chantal-Mott factor, I probably wouldn’t give this year’s Classic a second thought.

Rapid Redux breaks a North American record by winning his 20th consecutive race—When is a record not a record? The parameters seem to change with every new winning streak. Not sure a “minor league” streaks are comparable to prime time performances. Sorry, but not for me.

If this were a horse race, my graded selections would be:

1. Delaware Handicap finish
2. Santa Anita Handicap Inquiry
3. Father-and-Son Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Your turn.

Written by John Pricci

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