This is why RSN drinks: I bet Birdstone in the Derby. I considered putting him in my exactas/trifectas for the Belmont, but crossed him off (to be fair, I wouldn't have bet him with Smarty Jones in an exacta, as I thought it wouldn't pay much. Pays a buck thirty six). Then, to make it even worse, my boss calls me up this afternoon to see if I can bet Birdstone across the board for him. Boss gets money, RSN has his horses run up the track.
How do they determine what gate the horses start from? I figured that Smarty Jones would start from 4 or 5 since he was such a huge favorite, and in track & field, the highest seeds get the middle lanes. Is it the opposite in horse racing - favorites get outside lanes?
I bet my brother right before the race started that Birdstone was going to win - nothing scientific or semi-knowledgable, though. My puppy chases birds and enjoys sleeping on people's feet (toes). This works even better than the NCAA "Who has the cooler uniform" bracket methodology! ;)
With only a 9 horse field over the mile and a half, the outside post appeared to be a benefit pre-race to Smarty, as it would prevent him from getting caught in traffic or supposing he was in the 4 hole, the 3 and the 5 squeezing him early in the race. And, I've seen a lot of racing in my life, but I can't recall a 1-5 shot ending up paying 3.30 to place and 2.60 to show. The bridgejumpers must have really been banging Rock Hard Ten in those spots.
That's such a huge factor in these Triple Crown situations. The jockies have to be so nervous going into the Belmont because of how long it's been since Affirmed won. You'd need to have a jocky with nerves of steel to keep a clear head.
Originally posted by Tenken347That's such a huge factor in these Triple Crown situations. The jockies have to be so nervous going into the Belmont because of how long it's been since Affirmed won. You'd need to have a jocky with nerves of steel to keep a clear head.
Plus, the Belmont is the longest of the three. Smarty's dominant at the shorter distances, but nobody knew how he'd do on a long run. And, given that Elliot's never had to run him in that long of a race, it's hard to know when to go.
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Be prepared to be one of many who do that. Every time I go there, it seems there are dozens of people running the steps. For cheesesteak pleasure, I prefer Tony Luke's. It's near the stadiums, so that might be out of the way.