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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing

NO PROPER JUSTIFICATION

Explosive news out of the world of horse racing hit last week when 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify failed a drug test in the weeks leading up to that year’s Kentucky Derby. Under the rules in place at the time, Justify should have been disqualified from starting the Derby. Instead, the failed test was swept under the rug and Justify became the 13th Triple Crown winner in history. Following this historic feat, the horse’s owners sold Justify’s breeding rights for a record $75 million. The Kentucky Derby victory, alone, was worth and estimated $15 million. Justify failed the test after a race at Santa Anita Park, the storied Los Angeles-area racetrack that has been under intense scrutiny because of the deaths of 30 horses there since Dec. 26. Between the rising death toll at Santa Anita, the controversial 2019 Kentucky Derby finish, and now this nightmare — has any sport had a worse year than horse racing?

NFL Fast Fact

From the Playbook Totals Tipsheet: The Browns are 0-8 UNDER in games after allowing 35-plus points. The Jets are 1-11 UNDER when coming off a SU home favorite loss.

JETS HOST BROWNS: Get Out The Clothes Pin

The Cleveland Browns unraveled like a Salvation Army suit when 18 penalties for 182 yards in a shocking 30-point loss to Tennessee on opening day last Sunday. Meanwhile, the New York Jets crashed like a Boeing 737 MAX when they frittered away a 16-0 lead into a 17-16 loss to Buffalo last week. So which team picks it back up under the Monday night-lights tonight? With Sam Darnold on the sidelines for the Flyboys, the Browns figure to hold the advantage, but having to lay a touchdown on the road with a Browns squad that is just 3-32 SU in its last 35 road games, we’ll hold our nose and opt for the points.
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