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Don't ever be afraid to bet on a horse that simply
. good. There is nothing wrong with a hunch bet
as long as the hunch pays off. The above beast, how
ever, would not be a very good hunch bet at a thorough
bred race track. Sure, the horse is good looking. The
problem is that it isn't a thoroughbred, it's a trotter
and those glass goggles around its eyes are to ward off
the mud from a sulky's wheels. Cute smile though.
Cubbies riding high with DeJesus, Ontiveros
The Fourth of July is usually billed as the turning point of
the baseball season. If you believe in legends, the teams who
are living in first place on that date still will be there when the
last ball is thrown in anger this season.
In the American League, two tight races make it impossible
to say who'll be on top when the firecrackers stop popping next
Monday. But things are much simpler in the National League.
No matter what happens between now and then, the leaders
Tuesday morning will be the Los Angeles Dodgers in the West
and the Chicago Cubs in the East.
The Dodgers are there on merit. They are a solid, young
team whose only fault the last few years has been playing in
the same division,With the Cincinnati Reds.
But the Chicago Cubs?
Here is a team that studiously avoided the free-agent frenzy
last winter. In fact, they took the economy kick a step further
'by exiling two of the team's best players, Rick Monday and
Bill Madlock, when they demanded more than chewing gum at
Now, trading two top performers like that at the same time
would seem like instant destruction of a team. Madlock had
won two straight NL batting ,championships and Monday was
one of the top outfielders in the game. How could trading away
that kind of talent benefit the Cubbies?
But it did. For Madlock, Chicago acquired outfielder Bobby
Murcer and third baseman Steve Ontiveros. For Monday, they
got first baseman-outfielder Bill Buckner and shortstop Ivan
'DeJesus. There were other names involved in both trades, but
these are the important ones to remember.
Madlock in San Francisco and Monday in Los Angeles are
both enjoying their usual solid seasons. The Giants and
Dildgers can't complain about their ends of the trades. And
Murcer and Buckner, after recovering from early injuries,
`hAve played well for the Cubs.
The keys, though, were those extra names DeJesus and
Chicago installed the newcomers at shortstop and third
base, constructing a new left side of the infield with them. And
both have come through haridsomely. Ontiveros is hitting .275
~,and DeJesus is at .279. What's more, both have tightened the
dOfense on that side considerably. -
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Since some out there in readership land
will venture, with hopes ablazing, to the
sultry sides of gambling fun via the race
track during your stay here at Zook
University, a few words of advice are
hereby offered. Not to be carelessly
ignored but presumably to enhance one's
winning's or possibly impress the girl that
you tracked down around the fifth race at
the taco stand.
These invaluable verbalities are limited
in substance to the three thoroughbred
tracks in Pennsylvania as they are 1)
roughly comparable in racing variants, 2)
relatively accessible, and 3) much more
well-known to this finagling horse player
than the trotters. All of my knowledge is
not present here since a few secrets
remain secret only when kept secret.
Regardless, take heed, mortals, this
stuff might not be perfect, but the price is
a) First and foremost, go to the track
straight or nearly straight. The old betting
karma goes out the betting window when
the head ain't screwed on right. Getting
fouled-up before the horses seems like fun,
but as your cash flow dwindles, so will the
Basic fact: winning is fun, losing is not
fun. Regardless of how stewed you might
be,• there's always a sour taste in your
mouth if you have bet the rent and bot
b) Which is a good reminder, don't ever
bet the rent. Play, but play when you're
ahead. There's no future in not eating. If
you're going to lose, lose when you're in
DeJesus in particular has been something of a magician in
the field, turning balls that were labeled base hits into outs. He
has cemented an infield that has been occasionally leaky in
His second base partner is Manny Trillo, who has been
carrying around the hottest bat this side of Rod Carew. Trillo
is batting .342 and has been at the heart of more than a few Cub
rallies this season.
So the rebuilt infield must get a major supply of the credit
for the Cubs' surge. And Murcer, batting .278 with 10 homers
and 49 runs batted in, has given the outfield some punch.
But the key to Chicago's drive to the top has been the pitch
ing staff. Rick Reuschel, a .500 pitcher for his career who
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front. When you have the money, you feel
luckier, make better plays and can afford
c) Don't bet long shots. Next to staying
straight, this is the hardest thing for the
neophyte or semi-neophyte horse player to
do. The long shot winning is an American
myth which is handed down from one
generation of losers to another. Horses
have high odds on their heads for a reason
and even though that pot of gold seems
within reach if your long shot goes "wire
to-wire," you're liable to end up, spending
all your hard earned and not have the
bread for the really good plays.
What exactly is a long shot? Any horse
over 15-1 with 20-1 the absolute limit. If
that 17-1 shot that looks so good has taped
legs and is on the medication list, forget it.
The horse is a hopeless beast put in the
race to give the race a seemingly com
petitive angle and to lure the silly, non
thinking money away from the good hor
d) If your courage is small and your
pocket change even smaller, please wager
$2 to place on every horse that goes off
never won more than 14 games ,for a season, is 11-2. Bill
Bonham, who once lost 22 games in a single year for Chicago,
is 8-6. Ray Burris has won nine games and rookie Mike Kukow,
who spent last year in Wichita, has won seven.
And the man around whom the pitching success revolves is
reliever Bruce Sutter, who has been nothing short of sen
sational this season. Sutter has come out of the bullpen 37
times and allowed just five earned runs in 66 2-3 innings. That
gives him a remarkable 0.66 earned-run average to go with his
three wins and 21 saves.
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with odds between 7-1 and 9-2. Why? A hun
dred reasons, just take my good word for
it. I fully realize that few will follow my ad
vice since not only is this a boring way to
spend time at the track, but why should
you trust me? If you try this method the
first four races and lose, it will take some
fortitude to hang in there and play the rest
of the card. But if you bet every race in a
ten-race program as I explained, you'll
come home with your shirt plus a few
bucks stuck in the pocket.
c) Watch that tote board in the track in
field. That's' the brain of the track where
the betters' aggregate conscience ap
pears. Keep an eye on the variations from
the morning line. Be very , careful of big
jumps. Also, don't overestimate the minds
at the track. Most betters are Joe and
Mary Bimbos who know much less about
what's going on than you give them credit
for. Contrary to popular myths, almost no
one makes a living at the track.
So don't bet with the bimbos. Joe Bimbo
loves to play the horse whose odds have
suddenly lowered just before the post,
thinking, "Aha! The . people that know,
know this horse is going to run well."
Horseshit. (Thoroughbred horseshit.)
When it comes to the nitty gritty, very few
know very little about the horses. It's just
conjecture, man, just conjecture over fin
icky, dumb animals. The very few who do
have an inside line will not affect the total
money flow so much as to drastically
lower the odds.
For safety, stick close to the morning
line, those odds in your quarter program.
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The trackman set them and he knows all
you'd care to.
f) If you want to get scientific, learn to
read "The Daily Racing Form." This
publication is not, I, repeat, not a
requirement as some will have you to
believe. If you are playing a lot of different
bets, i.e., quinielas, trifectas, daily
doubles and the like and you want to plan
ahead, it can help. Joe Bimbo likes to
carry it around and become confused on
the split times. So if you don't have one,
and he does, it could be to your advantage.
g) Play Pennsylvania bred horses.
These are the horses that have a (Pa.)
listed after their names in the program.
They run well in Pennsylvania because the
people who decide such things like to see
Pennsylvania horses run well in this state.
That's basically a trainer-track-owner, I'll
thing. Tip: if a Pa. horse in with a morning
line around 10-1 has the odds falls to the 6-1
area and the horse is not dropping weight
or has not drawn a "hot" jockey, it'll
probably be as near a sure thing as the
track will allow. But remember, nothing's
h) Finally, don't deny your luck. If
you're winning on the color of a jockey's
silks, then keep betting silks. Trainers'
names, owners' names, horses' names, a
horses' gait to the post, a jockey's ride,
anything, as long as it works. Money won
on luck is no different than money won on
"skill," because at the racetrack, all
money in the end is won by luck.
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