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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence — One of the most conservative and military-obsessed coaches ever, Woody Hayes approached football like ground warfare and won big. After a mid-1960s slump, he raised his recruiting and soared to eight Top-10s and six Rose Bowls in nine years. He lost one or zero games 12 times.

Hayes is the person that I model my handicapping acumen by, always looking for live dogs that stand a good chance of winning the game straight up.

Woody loved to run the football. When asked why he said, “Because when you pass the ball three things can happen and two of them are bad.”

In sports wagering, three things can happen when you bet on a favorite and two of them are bad. When you bet on a dog three things can happen and two of them are good.

Hey, it’s like Meat Loaf once sang, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”.

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