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The Weekly Tout

Putting In My Two Cents


I guess I could say that it’s on my bucket list. I want to do a few things like everyone else who is aware of their own mortality. And one of these things is the Kentucky Derby and the other is the Breeders' Cup. Some people want to go to the Vatican for a Papal blessing, others want to see America, I want to go to the race track and smoke cigars. I’m as deep as a wet handkerchief.


Yes, the Breeders' Cup will hopefully return to Belmont, so I can get the chance. You see, I don’t fly unless I’m hopped up like Janis Joplin. I need the help of chemistry to fly due to an insane fear of falling. It’s not the thought of dying; it’s the sense of falling from 30,000 feet that scares the holy heck out of me. What does all of this have to do with the Breeders Cup on Friday and Saturday? It means that I’m with the NBC Sports Network and my second home TVG. My wife won’t let me smoke cigars anymore, so I can’t even make the place smell like a race track. Where is Yankee Candle when you really need them.


I need to make sure my TVG account is loaded and ready. ‘What? You don’t already have your account full of your winnings,’ some may ask. Right now, I have a whopping two cents in my account. I had a bad streak so tough that I took the pledge. I haven’t placed a bet in two weeks, so I need to fill my account with TVG because I’m coming out of retirement for the Breeders' Cup. I tend to do better on the big races then I do on an everyday basis. Or so I’m telling the wife.


But the good news is that when it’s time to make my predictions, I really will be putting my two cents in. But it’s not time for me to prognosticate, just yet. What I really need in my life right now is to hit a few races, but I can’t hit a dog with a Buick. I’ve studied, gone though past performances, and have looked at the horse’s family ties. Heck, I’ve been down so low that I’m betting colors and any horse with the name Kitten in it, but nothing seems to help.


But the Breeders' Cup wagering is a little different than trying to hit the daily double at Finger Lakes on a Tuesday afternoon. You have the greatest athletes in the world campaigning for a championship and any one of them can shine at any given moment. Put your hard earned cash into the mix and the Breeders Cup can get pretty dern interesting.


I wait for the Breeders' Cup as if I were my brother-in-law waiting for someone, namely me, to buy the next round of drinks. It’s a horse junkies Christmas only this year, Santa is Anita and not Claus. And with that, may I have a drum roll please…


(This year’s picks are brought to you by Head or Shoulders. In this day and age, you never know when you’ll need a new head or shoulders…)


Of course, I’m betting the farm on my girl, Princess of Sylmar. I’ve dated her since the Kentucky Oaks and I’m keeping her close to my heart in the Distaff. Easy bet here-Princess/Royal Delta exacta. I don’t think this it will pay much, but cashin’ tickets is the name of the game.


In the Juvenile, I know the talk. Havana is the horse to beat. But I still like the Lukas entry of Strong Mandate. Sure, he had a bad trip in the Champagne Stakes, but he is a better horse than that. And his victory in the Hopeful is the proof of that.  So this is the race to make some money on, because I know that the horse won’t be going off as the favorite. Remember, I’ve been as cold as my first wife so take all of my predictions with a grain of salt.


Last is the Classic, the highlight event is loaded with three year olds going against some older horses who have a year or two more experience. And in that type of situation anything can happen. Again, because of my Irish heritage, I will bet with me heart and not my head. (Most likely the reason I’m on a losing streak) And with that I take charge with Will Take Charge. This horse made me a believer cashing an $86.60 ticket for a five dollar across the board bet. Will Take Charge will win the Classic. (I hope)


But remember, its horse racing and watch it for the beauty as well. It has the sweetness of 15 horses and men racing in close quarters, making art on four legs in the process. It’s not just a horse race on a Tuesday afternoon. It’s the Breeders' Cup. Enjoy



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Older Comments about Putting In My Two Cents...

Think of it this way......you're big BC Day is when you're there. Flight there may be tough but after you're work is done (picks pay off) flight home will be so easy....
Looking forward to seeing your picks with the rest of the HRN staff. I'm sure I'll see you at the BC one day.

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Meet Johnnie Carrier


With 10 years of writing a humor column for his home town paper under his belt, Johnnie Carrier has decided to try something different. He is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College Class of 1977 and traveled the West with Circus Vargas in 1979.

 In the 80’s, Carrier lived in New York City and Boston, but he settled down however in the smallest city in Massachusetts late in the decade and married Dawn Luskin in ’88. David was born in 1991 and has been blessed with his father’s sense of humor, but luckily his mother’s good looks.

 Racing has been more than a casual interest having lived so close to Saratoga. He started going to the track at a very young age with his parents and has tried to instill that passion into his son by taking him at the same age. In 2003, Carrier started to write as a freelance writer with the North Adams Transcript and can be followed there at the paper’s website.  


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