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Warriors Will Finish With NBA Record 73-9 But At What Cost?
By Kelso Sturgeon
I spent more than 25 years on the racetrack, was an agent for three jockeys who won more than 11,000 races and believe I know a little bit more about the thoroughbred than most - maybe too much. After watching this weekend's three $1 million races - the Blue Grass at Keeneland, the Santa Anita Derby and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct - the undefeated 2-year champion and Florida Derby winner Nyquist looks like a 4-5 shot to win the Kentucky Derby. As the hardboots say, he has the "look of eagles", the ultimate expression of praise.
If I had a 3-year-old that was about to run against Nyquist, I would saddle him facing the back wall in the stall and would hope he would never notice this intimidating hot-blooded son of Uncle Mo who traces his bloodlines through Grey Sovereign back to one of the meanest horses to ever grace the track, the Irish-bred Nasrullah who in the stud passed along his fighting personality.
Many of the offspring who traced their breeding lines back to Nasrullah remained somewhat difficult to handle and that included Nashua who was as nasty as a cornered rattlesnake, something I realized the day I saw him being led out of the stallion shed at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky with grooms on both sides holding taut chains in hopes he would behave himself. One even had a heavy-duty club in his hand.
Even though Nasrullah died May 26, 1959, his blood lives on - and it certainly shows up in Nyquist who has already earned $2,322,600 in winning his seven races, including six Grade I events.
Nyquist reminds me of two truly great horses - Kelso and Dr. Fager. If you wanted to run with them, they would destroy you and if you closed and tried to pass them they would not let you by. They came to the fight ready to win and they usually did.
If any horse beats Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby it will have to come out of the clouds to do it and pass him right on the wire. Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator showed that style in winning on a sloppy track, an indication he loves the mud, but it is of note he has faced Nyquist four times and lost to him four times.
Masters Finish Proves The Fat Lady Must Sing...
Golfer Jordan Speith was well on his way to winning his second straight Masters in Augusta, GA, as he made the turning heading for the back nine up five strokes. As the 8-1 co-favorite with Rory McIlroy, Speith was the 1-25 choice to win it all in live betting on the event.
What happened on the back nine is shocking an unexplainable but drove home the forever thought, "it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" (source unknown). It was a nightmare for Speith who fell apart at the par-3 12th hole where he put two balls in the water and ended up with a 7. For the record, this hole is considered the most difficult par 3 in all of golf and the four extra strokes cost him the championship as he finished three strokes being the winner, Danny Willett of England.
It truly is not over - until...
Last Season's Form Is Not Always The Answer...
We are just a week into the 2016 Major League Baseball season but Arizona Diamondback right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke is on my watch list. Greinke had an amazing 19-3 record, with an ERA of just 1.66, last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first two starts for his new team, he is 0-2, with an ERA of 9.90.
The early figures may prove to be meaningless when all is said in done, but a very sharp baseball pundit said the 32-year-old Greinke was getting old and that he would not again come close to last year's figures.
Just something to think about.
Interesting But Absolutely Meaningless...
There were 73,340 fans present at Houston's NRG Stadium when Villanova beat North Carolina, 77-74, to win the NCAA basketball championship - a most impressive figure that put millions of dollars into the coffers of the money-hungry NCAA. Two nights before, 241.5 miles north, at the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington a record crowd of 101,763, were on hand for WrestleMania 32. The latter figure shattered the previous professional wrestling record of 93,173 that packed the Pontiac Silverdome in 1887. The live gate took in $17.3 million.
Golden State is a 1-100 Shot To Break Record...
The NBA's Golden State Warriors, the defending league champions, are a 1-100 shot to beat Memphis Wednesday night and close out the regular season with the all-time won-lost record of 73-9. They have met the injury-riddled Grizzlies three times this season and have beaten them all three times by scores of 100-99 in Memphis two nights and earlier in the season 100-84 in Memphis and 119-69 at home.
Golden State has been focused for the past two months on breaking this record and will get it. It remains my contention all the energy spent on chasing that record will work in a very negative way in the playoffs. There is no way the Warriors will not pay a price for this and at some time in the post-season simply run out of gas.
Going For 3rd Straight 50-Unit Winner
Monday Night MLB Play Has Every Single Edge And Should March Right To The Winner's Circle
My baseball highrollers have been on a tear since the season began and tonight will be going for their 3rd straight 50-unit winner with a team that has every single edge and that is playing at a level far above expectations. This means once again the price is right - a requirement for all 50-unit plays - and I sense a one-sided win in this one. Yesterday my Personal Best Baseball Investment Club highrollers won a 50-unit play with the Kansas City Royals (-160) who beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, and that followed Saturday's 50-unit win with the Los Angeles Dodgers (-130) who won at San Francisco, 3-2.
Those games were closer than they should have been but tonight's 50-unit play won't be and you can win it for just $20, charged to your major credit card. This is power baseball at its absolute best and you can bet this team with confidence. To qualify as a Personal Best release, a team must grade out on top in all 10 elements I use to analyze games and must have a dominating pitcher who is in peak form...and he must be backed up by a powerful bullpen loaded with pitchers who shut teams down 1-2-3. I release an average of 3-4 of these games each week and all will be rated from 50 units to 100-units. On the days there are no qualifying games, Personal Best clients will receive Chairman's Club games. The success of this club for highrollers has its foundation in the risk vs. reward element and the risk must be 1 and the reward at a 9. That ratio is so powerful it almost guarantees one can make a fortune during the baseball season.
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Most NBA bettors and bookmakers are wide-eyed nervous right now as they try to deal with all the new challenges and situations that surface during the last days of the regular season. Fortunately, that is not the case with me. I am wired in and just keep winning, going a perfect 4-0 over the weekend. Tonight I am going for two more Best Bets Club winners and am just as confident as ever I will take down the money again. Better yet, sign up for the NBA playoffs for just $199 and get these games, plus the rest of the regular season, free as part of that package.
4-0 Weekend In NBA
4/10...10 Units...Pacers (-13.5) 129, Nets 105 (Won)
4/9...15 Units...Bulls (+8) 105, Cavaliers 102 (Won)
4/9...10 Units...Timberwolves (+8.5) 106, Trail Blazers 105 (Won)
4/8...10 Units...Mavericks (-6.5) 103, Grizzlies 93 (Won)
The NBA playoffs begin in five days and with the regular season winding down almost every remaining game is being played under circumstances that give one team in many contests a giant edge. Some teams remain in the fight to make the playoffs while others are trying to improve where they will be seeded. And then there are those who have nothing left to play for and are experimenting with little-used players they will be counting on next season. There are two such games on tonight's schedule and I will be releasing them as a 50-unit 2-team 25-unit, 2-team parlay - 20 units on each winner and 10 units on the parlay. This is an excellent opportunity to go 3-0 tonight for the modest fee of $25, charged to your major credit card.
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