Saturday, June 6, 2015

In the Long Run

What an impressive athlete,
we have a chance of seeing make history today~!

American Pharoah, the morning-line- 3/5 odds-on favorite
in today's  mile Belmont Stakes, could be the first racehorse since Seatte Slew in 1978 to win the Triple Crown of horse racing.

-- Not LeBron James nor Stephan Curry, not Albert Pujols nor Russell Wilson nor Eric Fuddpucker, because American Pharoah is only three years old.  In his prime, yes, but still only three years old.
American Pharoah is my big, heavy $$ bet today,
to Win, Place and Show~!  I will be at the Pocola, Okla.,
Choctaw Casino off-track betting parlor, if anybody wants to join me.

Perfect Conditions at Elmont, New York, weatherwise:
Partly cloudy, 20% chance rain at 5:00 o'clock,
temperature 72° F.

lovingly lifted from Sports Illustrated:

ELMONT, N.Y. — At a few minutes before nine on Thursday morning, George Alvarez trudged through the sandy interior of Barn 1 at Belmont Park, and then stopped outside the barren, white-walled tack room in the middle of the building. Alvarez is the regular exercise rider of American Pharoah, the bay colt who won this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and who will try to the end thoroughbred racing’s 37-year Triple Crown drought with a victory in the 147th Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Martin Garcia is in the irons for Pharoah’s breezes and Victor Espinoza is the jockey in the colt’s races. But Alvarez rides Pharoah more often than anyone else.

On this cool, almost autumnal morning, Alvarez had taken Pharoah on a 1½-mile gallop around the track’s giant oval, which is often referred to as Big Sandy. Dozens of media and bystanders hugged the railing to watch as Pharoah performed as he usually does—skipping lightly over the ground, his ears pitched forward, moving easily and, because of the efficiency of his stride, at a faster pace than was apparent.

This is what American Pharoah has done since rolling to an easy, seven-length victory on May 16 in the slop at Pimlico:   He has breezed twice and nearly every other day. All of his workouts have been sensational.  He moves beautifully and swiftly, and always has.

“There’s no doubt he’s a really, really good horse,” says trainer Todd Pletcher, who will send out two horses to try to beat Pharoah on Saturday. “He moves in that way you only see from the great ones.” There is little evidence that the grind of his extraordinarily taxing schedule—he’s run three races in five weeks (the Arkansas Derby came three weeks before the Kentucky Derby, and the Preakness two weeks after that)—has robbed him of any of his powers.
UPDATE:: (Sunday, June 7)
I did danged well at the races yesterday, 6- 6: 
In Belmont's 11th race, the Stakes race, I waged $600, $200 ea. on #5, American Pharoah to Win, Place, Show.
From that wager I made $280 easy bucks. 
I bet a $20 exacta wheel, with # 5 on top, with 3, 6, 7. ($60.00) Paid $138.80. 
More easy dough.

But the wager which made me the most cash, was a hasty error 
I made on the next race, the 12th race at Belmont....
In the craziness and confusion there, vying in the throngs of bettors at Pocola Saturday, I made a mistake when I (a) cashed in my American Pharoah winning ticket, and (b) made a hurried mistake reading my notes, betting the same exacta wheel for the next, 12th race.
That $60 bet (5,+3,6,7) paid me GAS FARE.... $1,710.

I left Pocola with an extra Two-+ Large ($2307.00) in our gastank.

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