“If you didn’t go to the wedding, don’t go to the funeral” is a
racing expression admonishing a bettor who missed a big price on a
horse to avoid betting that horse the next time he runs. The
implication is that the horse will lose at much lower odds in his next
Of course, I am referring to Mine That Bird, the miracle winner of
the Kentucky Derby two Saturdays ago. He paid $103.20 to win. His odds
for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes figure to be much closer to 10-to-1.