Sunday, June 08, 2008

Thoughts On The Belmont Stakes

Destiny ain't what it used to be.

Big Brown's trainer probably shouldn't have been talking smack for the last week. Once he said that the field was in its final throes we knew that something would go badly wrong.

I was surprised to see advertising on the jockey's silks. A UPS logo on Kent Desormeaux's pants and on the outriders jacket was jarring. Surprisingly, Alan Garcia, riding 38-1 longshot Da' Tara, carried the sponsorship of Alpo.

A $1 Superfecta ticket with Da' Tara, Tale of Ekati, and Anak Nakal over Ready's Echo paid $24,138.50. That means that somebody's crazy cousin who only plays hunch bets went home richer than all of the touts who laid big money on the 1-4 favorite. That's why "gambling" and "work" are different words.

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