Editor's Note--When we last saw our caped crusading killer of the bookmakers, he was giving us the winner of the Preakness Stakes. So a winning exacta in the Kentucky Derby, and the winner in the Preakness. You know what Saturday is? As our old departed pal Issac Hayes said in his song "Theme from Shaft", "Yaw dammmmmmmmmn riiiighhht!" It's the 3rd jewel in the Triple Crown! The Belmont Stakes!! And there's an NBA game tonight!! I'm doin jumpin jacks! Well, I'm pretending to do jumpin jacks. Big D whatchuuuuuuuuuuu got brah?!?--R.B.
Yes Sir, Richie B, and all of you out there in sports investing land. Another BIG weekend of sports. Let's start with the NBA. Shall we? Yes we shall.
Has Cleveland turned it around? Has Golden State lost its mojo? Does the team who plays the best DEFENSE win championships? Yes. The Warriors (or the "dubs" as the cool kids call them) better do a better job of it, or this thing will be tied up 2-2 tout suite (french for right away). We think they will. They still could lose. BUT 206.5 seems high as a total, no? Yes. UNDER on the shores of Lake Erie baby. UNNNNDERRRRRR.
Now for the horse racing. You ever been to Belmont Park? Maybe you've sat in Richie B's owners box? Well, the first thing you think of when you see that beautiful, gorgeous, track? IT IS BIGGGGGGGGGGGG. UUUUUUGE even. Well, when the horsies run on it and the jockeys ride on their backs, they think the same thing. And sometimes it scares them. And sometimes they dont take those 2 turns so well. And of course, in this race that goes 1.5 miles? Many of 'em get stiff legged at the end. As in tired. You get tired if you run 1.5 miles at 40mph right? You get tired if you do that in your car, probably. Soooo.....
We like horses and jockeys that are FAMILIAR with "BIG Sandy", Belmont Park. Trainers too. The #1 GOVERNOR MALIBU has all of these things. And in his last race, on this VERY track, in the PETER PAN Stakes, he was comin like a freight train, only to just miss, and get 2nd. The horse that won that race, is NOT in this race. He's got the hottest jockey on the grounds, JOEL ROSARIO, riding him again, and a classy CHRISTOPHE CLEMENT training him. That last race was 1 1/8 miles. He will LIKE 1.5 miles. You will LIKE his price of about 10-1. We will ALL LIKE when he crosses the finish line first. TAKE HIM TO WIN.
Nothing against #11 EXAGGERATOR. We liked him, and won money, ahem, on him, in both the Derby and Preakness. We have respect for the Desormeaux brothers, Kent the jockey, and Keith, the trainer. But his price will probably be 7-5 by race time. We'll include him an exacta box with the #1.
And for the bomb? How's about #6 GETTYSBURG? Yes he got tired in his last race here, and failed as a favorite, while coming in 3rd. But there was a barn change. He is no long training with Todd Pletcher. He's now with STEVE ASMUSSEN, who knows stuff about winning. He also saw something in that race last time, to feel strong enough to put him in here. The experienced PACO LOPEZ will let this boy FLY out of the gate, and say "Catch Me". And they probably will catch him. But what if he "falls" to 3rd? At about 50-1? That's why a 1-6-11 trifecta box is in order!
No, sadly, the race is not for the Triple Crown this year. But it's still a magnificent racing day. And we wish you good luck.
The happy BIG weekend recap? Tonight: UNDER 206.5 Cleveland/Golden State. Tomorrow: Race 11 at Belmont Park #1 Win. #1-#11 exacta box, #1-#6-#11 trifecta box.
And in 1978, the last time we had a Triple Crown winner, before American Pharaoh did it last year, right around this time of year, this song was #1. How appropo, no? God bless.