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The 7 - Sports that aren't Baseball, Football, Basketball, or Hockey - The Kentucky Derby
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#1 Posted on 6.5.05 1058.44
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Wow...it's almost Derby Day again.

I need to defend my custom title won by picking Smarty Jones last year, so consider this my official pick of Afleet Alex to take the Derby on Saturday.
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#2 Posted on 6.5.05 1154.32
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Zito's got five horses running! I am going with Bellamy Road because Afleet Alex is the feel-good story of the day. It would be just like Zito to ruin that!!
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#3 Posted on 6.5.05 1154.46
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Noble Causeway
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#4 Posted on 6.5.05 1156.56
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Going by my usual criteria for picking, which is "pick the secondary favorite who seems to be getting hot at the right time", I'll take Bandini.
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#5 Posted on 6.5.05 1216.04
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I heard Bandini's trainer getting interviewed last night on the radio and the more he talked, the more I liked his horse - that and I hate anything & everything associated with Steinbrenner and the yankees.

I'll take Bandini too.
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#6 Posted on 6.5.05 1222.29
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Put me down for the High Fly-Bandini-Afleet Alex trifecta. And the field against Bellamy Road to win.
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#7 Posted on 6.5.05 1300.20
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I'm going to go with Sun King.
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#8 Posted on 6.5.05 2133.52
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Because I like the jockeys, I'll be boxing Bandini and High Fly. If I could ever get a hot day on the undercard, I'd love to put those two on top and throw in the field on trifectas. Of course, a sentimental part of me wouldn't mind seeing Bellamy Road cross the finish line first at the Derby. Naturally, that would be followed by him being taken down due to a stewards inquiry, and causing Steinbrenner to go into complete insane mode.
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#9 Posted on 7.5.05 1711.56
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$2 - Exacta Box : Costs $12 Total
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#10 Posted on 7.5.05 1719.16
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Ha, I love it when everyone is wrong!

That was certainly a fast and hectic race. Pretty fun.

Edit/ And best thing, Steinbrenner lost again. Steinbrenner=loser is one of the sweetest sentences any sports fan can utter.

Thus has finished your Yankee Haterade post of the day.

(edited by messenoir on 7.5.05 1526)
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#11 Posted on 7.5.05 1738.10
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    Originally posted by messenoir
    Ha, I love it when everyone is wrong!

    That was certainly a fast and hectic race. Pretty fun.

    Edit/ And best thing, Steinbrenner lost again. Steinbrenner=loser is one of the sweetest sentences any sports fan can utter.

    Thus has finished your Yankee Haterade post of the day.

    (edited by messenoir on 7.5.05 1526)






To be fair to the everyone wrong crowd: Horse paid over a hundred to win, the exacta paid $9,800, the tri paid $133,000+ and the super only paid a little over 1.7 million. Now, if any member of the W hit the tri or the super, could you float me a slight loan? Then again, despite the power outage at the place I was betting through, I came out ahead for the day, so it could have been much worse.
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#12 Posted on 7.5.05 1821.33
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And people said the Santa Anita horses had nothing this year...west coast contingency made me proud today.
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#13 Posted on 8.5.05 0609.32
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Too bad for Afleet Alex, though. That horse was racing for cancer children!
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#14 Posted on 8.5.05 0610.58
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On our bus of 55 peeps, only two had Giacomo. Both were ladies.

One bet $20 to win ($1,000 or so) because someone at work said to bet on it. She said she's giving him half. We maintained that a nice dinner for him and his wife should suffice.

Another bet $5 to win because the lady at the betting window got annoyed with her and she just said give me $5 to win on the 10 horse.

All of us "experts" did horrendously . . . both days. We hit trifectas early both days and couldn't parlay that into anything resembling the tri runs of the last 3 years. We had a pick three that would have paid pretty nicely until they threw a horse in the 4th race from 1st to 3rd on an objection. I'll have to check the paper because he won going away and we couldn't figure out why that happened, and we were NOT HAPPY about it.

Slight longshot in the Oaks, Huge longshot in the Derby . . . bah!!! (unless of course you had them)

Of course the real trifecta of Wing Ding on Thursday, Oaks Grandstand/Infield on Saturday and Derby Grandstand can't be beat. The bus ride home was especially lively as well (that poor lady has a LOT of cleaning to do before it can be used as a school bus again).

HAPPY DERBY!!!!!!!!

edit: If anyone cares, I had money across the board on Bandini as well as Sun King. I had a few exotics with those horses that included Afleet Alex, Bellamy Road and Noble Causeway. Luckily, they could be used as toilet paper once the race was over.

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#15 Posted on 10.5.05 0115.49
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Just heard on ESPN Radio that some firefighter from Phoenix placed a bunch of different bets...but left one ticket at the window when he left.

Naturally, that was the ticket with Giacomo winning, and his bet ended up being worth around $600,000 or so. (Must've been one of those exacta, or erotica, or whatever-type bets.)

Anyhoo, the window clerk found it the next day while opening up shop...and made sure it got back to the firefighter.

That's all kinds of awesome...somebody promote that dude, STAT!
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#16 Posted on 10.5.05 0925.50
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It was a superexacta, which is picking the first four horses in order. I'd be more impressed if the guy had ACTUALLY picked the horses, but I think (and I'm too lazy to look this up) he bought $50 worth of computer-generated $1 superexactas and the same number of $1 trifectas, more or less he bought 100 lottery tickets. Kudos to him for winning, and for those who helped him find his winning ticket, for sure.

Of course, he could have bought a $2 superexacta and doubled his money...

EDIT: It's "superFECTA", not superexacta. My bad.

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#17 Posted on 12.5.05 2013.23
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Next year I'm pulling my Dungeons & Dragons dice out of mothballs and rolling that 20-sided die to come up with some Superfectas. Got to be better than my "expert" picks.

I'll be back at Churchill tomorrow . . . for work!! Hopefully I can find out how to launch an investigation into the Steward's decision from the 4th race on Derby Day (grumble)
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