Two MLB Teams Grade Out With 90% Chance To Win Tonight And That Means Its 25-Unit Parlay Time
Jockey Calvin Borel And Monmouth Park Two Bright Lights In A Horse Racing World Where Positives Are Rare
San Francisco Giants (-130) Beat Florida Marlins 3-2 As 25 Unit National League Game Of Week
Two MLB Teams Grade Out With 90% Chance To Win Tonight And That Means Its 25-Unit Parlay Time
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By Kelso Sturgeon
I spent much of my adult life on the race track and miss it-but I could never go back to the game I once loved and lived 24/7 365 days a year. It has changed so much I hardly recognize it and truly find it painful to watch its non-stop decline. That is why I relish the opportunity to write something positive about the Thoroughbred sport and it all has to do with jockey Calvin Borel and Monmouth Park.
Borel, an unassuming late-blooming superstar based at Churchill Downs, has done the almost impossible by winning the Kentucky Derby in three of the past four years. That has never happened before and you can get 10,000-to-1 that it won happen again in the next 25 years, if ever.
The 44-year-old Borel is one of the many outstanding jockeys to come out of the bayou country of south Louisiana and rode for more than 20 years before he really got his due, which on the race track means getting good horses to ride. Borel, who started his 25-year career at Delta Downs, was always a respected rider but did not wake up the world to just how special and talented he was until he booted the 91-1 shot Seek Gold home in the 2006 $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.
The $185.40 win payoff on Seek Gold had people talking, because in that race—a nose win over Perfect Drift—Borel simply would not let his mount lose. He willed this horse home in front and trainers who knew what they had witnessed all at once opened their doors to Borel. This guy was something special.
The year 2006 was also the year he won the $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Futurity with a colt named Street Sense.
The following year he won his first Kentucky Derby with Street Sense who came from 19th place to get it done, paying $11.80.
In 2009, Borel took the mount in the Kentucky Derby on a Sunland Park-based gelding named Mine The Bird and brought him from dead last in a field of 20, skimming the rail all the way, to win the race at a $103.20 payoff, the second longest price in the history of the race.
Last Saturday, he showed again he is the master by taking a confirmed speed horse, Super Saver, back off the pace in the slop, again riding the rail no one else wanted, and get it done again at an $18 payoff.
As a former jockey agent for riders who won more than 11,000 races during their careers, I want to salute a real race-rider.
No one deserves success more than does Borel.
He is a humble man from a humble background and is a very special human being.
He is working just as hard today as he always has, making all those important house calls in the morning that reminds trainers each day that, despite his success, he respects them and takes nothing for granted.
He is one of a limited group of gifted jockeys who has the special ability communicate with horses through his hands and I do not think it is a stretch to say man and horse become one during the race.
They don’t make them like this anymore and I personally consider Borel to be one of the few bright and shining lights left in the sport.
Monmouth Park Has Become The Future
Some 20 years ago I wrote a three-piece story for a weekly horse racing tabloid that made that sent the fools who ran Thoroughbred world into an absolute rage. In the stories I predicted where racing was headed if it did not immediately change its ways, offered suggestions on how to turn things around and stated if the changes were not made immediately, horse racing would be on its death bed at the turn of the century.
It brings me no great joy to say I was right. If it were not for all the money casinos were pouring into horse racing coffers at many tracks, we would have eight or nine Thoroughbred facilities left where live racing was conducted.
Even with all the purse money from casino gambling supporting race, the decline continues. At this writing the betting figures show an 8.4% decline this year and purses have declined by 7.3%.
The series brought me an official reprimand from the national association representing racing commissioners.
But with the sorry state of horse racing in the country today, there is a glimmer of hope in what Monmouth Park is going to do this year at its meeting at a short 50-day meeting that begins May 22. The New Jersey track has always raced several months, from spring to fall, but decided to do something different this year in hopes of stabilizing the sport in the Garden State.
During the 50-day meeting, the track will run just three days a week, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will offer an average of $1,000,000 a day in purse money. It’s a new game and it will work.
Monmouth Park will offer the best horse racing this country has ever seen, with full fields of top-flight prime-time horses every single day. It will be the best of everything and a horseplayer’s dream meeting. Saratoga will become an after thought.
Personally I am already making my plans to bet Monmouth at a Las Vegas Sports book every day it runs and am even trying to figure out a way to get there for a special weekend or two. The stable area is already opened and there will soon be 1,600 horses on the grounds. This means one needs to start checking Monmouth workouts and backstretch news reports each day in order to be prepared to hit the ground running.
Three cheers for the enlightened folks at Monmouth Park.
I wish you well.
Personal Best Baseball Club Burying Bookies
My Personal Best Club for highrollers just keeps right on winning and is off a 2-0 start again this week. All Personal Best games are rated from 25 units to 50 units and have buried bookmakers this season.
There was no selection for Monday, because no game qualified but here are the two games I used yesterday and Tuesday and the reasons I used them. Baseball is a serious betting sport and I think you can tell be reading my comments on each of these games no games are a sot in the dark. I have to have a reason to use them, or I pass for the day.
The two winners.
Wednesday, May 5
National League Game Of Week
San Francisco Giants (15-10) -130 over FLORIDA MARLINS (13-13)
Pitching for San Francisco: LH Barry Zito (4-0, 1.53)
Pitching for Florida: LH Nate Robertson (2-2, 5.18)
San Francisco 3, Florida 2
Comments: This is all about former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito who has never pitched better. His performances this season are quite in contrast to his last two seasons in which he went 2-11 with an ERA of 5.48 in April. Zito has pitched into the eighth inning in his last two starts and has a 0.68 ERA in his last four starts against Florida.
Tuesday, May 4
SAN DIEGO PADRES (16-10) -135 over Colorado Rockies (13-13)
Pitching for San Diego: LH Wade LeBlanc (2-0, 0.52)
Pitching for Colorado: LH Greg Smith (1-2, 7.33)
San Diego 3, Colorado 2
Comments: The success of the San Diego Padres this season is a bit surprising but 26 games into the season they appear to be for real. One of those reasons is the success of left-hander Wade LeBlanc who started this season in the minors even though he had gone 4-0 with an ERA of 1.96 in spring training. Since being called up, he has been another lights-out pitcher. He gave up one run in his first major league start this season and has since given up zip, which means he comes into this game having pitched 16 2/3 scoreless innings. There is no reason to think he won’t continue to dominate tonight. Colorado starts a struggling Greg Smith who in his last start lasted but one inning, giving up six runs, four hits and three walks.
Winning at any sport is never an accident. You can see by what is written here that I have legitimate reasons for using these games—and because of it they win.
Get on board my Personal Best Baseball Club today and win tonight. Join on this website or toll free at 1-800-755-2255. The price is quite modest and you can charge it all to your major credit card.
Tonight’s Personal Best play is another 25-unit 2-team parlay, which means 10-unit plays on both winners and a 5-unit parlay on them. I have released just four of these parlays this season and have won them both. Again, the parlay is available on this site and at the toll free number listed above for just $25, charged to your major credit card.
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