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Preakness Betting Advice from Handicapping Expert Liam Durbin in the S...

Analysis: California Chrome proved he was up to the hype by winning the Derby in the same impressive fashion as he had won his previous four races. The Preakness field and distance are not different enough from the Derby to expect a different outcome. The pace scenario should allow him to stay in stalking position, as his preference. Unless he has an off day, California Chrome should win it. Social Inclusion is very lightly raced and his only loss in three starts was in the Wood Memorial. In that one, he went off a heavy favorite but could not hold his speed to the wire, finishing third. If that race can be forgiven, he will be dangerous as part of the pace. Ride On Curlin’s performance in the Derby was better than it looks on form. He finished well despite a rough trip, and he should find less traffic in the Preakness. Ria Antonia has been very good against fillies but will struggle to keep up with the boys in the Preakness. Although Rachel Alexandra pulled it off, Ria Antonia does not appear to be as likely to do it.
For value: Kid Cruz comes in off a win in the Federico Tesio right here at Pimlico. Despite being lightly raced, was well bet in that one, and then backed it up with a strong, willing performance. Appears to be an improving horse. Based on breeding should love the distance.
What to bet: Buy a souvenir $2 win ticket on California Chrome because if he wins the Preakness, he could complete the Triple Crown. For exotics, key California Chrome and Kid Cruz over Social Inclusion, Ride On Curlin and Bayern in exacta and trifecta wagers.

I’ll Have Another Will Repeat His Winning Derby Effort

I’ll Have Another works out at Pimlico. I like the jockey’s confidence and believe Mario will hunt down Bodemeister and win the Preakness.

Look For Animal Kingdom to Win Preakness

Some more opinions tomorrow on Koons Ford Presents The Sports Maven at 9AM. Mucho Macho Man might  be the greatest hunchbet of the decade.

Mine That Bird 2-1 Favorite at the Belmont Stakes

The only way that Mine That Bird loses is if he has been overworked in the past 6 weeks.

Horse Racing, Preakness
National Search Begins for Replacement For Rupp as Terrapin Baseball C...

The one thing that has set Athletic Director Debbie Yow’s career at the top of the NCAA is her ability to find the right hires for the University. Recently she reeled in Kerry McCoy from Stanford and now McCoy has the Terps as one of the top Wrestling programs in the country. Cathy Reese,  also a recent hire, has injected life back into the Maryland Lady Lacrosse program. Maryland climb in the race for the Sears Cup, is a testament to Dr Yow’s hirings. In 2008-09 Maryland won 5 ACC Titles and 2 NCAA Championships. Now she is faced with the task of finding a top notch Baseball Coach.  I anxiously await her hire!!!

Rachel Drops out of Belmont-Borel Back on Mine That Bird

This could only happen in horse racing. We could have a triple crown jockey. Sorry, Calvin Borel, you should have given Mine That Bird the mount in the Preakness. Even though Bird should easily win the Belmont, his record is blemished at the hands of his own favorite jockey.

Horse Racing, Other Sports, Preakness
Mike Smith Opts Out Of Belmont–Who Will Ride Mine That Bird?

This poor horse who only won the Derby and got parked out of a victory in the Preakness can’t find a stable jockey. My suggestion: Edgar Prado for once and the future, There is no way I would let Borel back on this horse after he deserted him in the Preakness. Remember his sire was Birdstone, a Belmont winner. The filly will duck the Bird and not race in the Belmont.

Mine That Bird to Win Preakness Today

No filly has won the Preakness since 1924. Rachel Alexandra will not be able to run away from this field. She will be challenged early and not have the breezy run she had in the Oaks. The fast past up front will again play right into the Derby winner’s hands, setting up another come from behind win. Mike Smith for Calvin Borel is an upgrade. The following is my predicted order of finish: 

First           Mine That Bird

Second       Musket Man

Third         Rachel Alexandra

Fourth      Terrain

Long shot: Terrain was well regarded in Louisiana Derby and Blue Grass Stakes. Loves to run late and Saturday it could work. Odds are way too long for a horse this good.

What to bet: Mine That Bird to win. Exacta box: Mine That Bird, Musket Man, Terrain, General Quarters, Rachel Alexandra. Trifecta box: Mine That Bird, Musket Man, Terrain, Rachel Alexandra.

Replay of May 14 Terp Talk With Dan Groot, Captain of Men’s Lacrosse

Terp Talk Thursday Night 5-14-09

Host–Bruce Posner Co Host –Dino
Guest– Dan Groot, Captain of Men’s Lacrosse
Subjects—Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse in the NCAAs Against Syracuse, Preakness

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Dave Cottle, Men's Lacrosse, Preakness, Radio Shows, Women's Lacrosse
Dan Groot on Terp Talk Tonight at 6PM on ESPN 1300

Maryland Lacrosse captain, Dan Groot,  is scheduled to call in tonight at 6PM. My Cohost Dino and myself will review last week games. Preview the Irony Doubleheader against Syracuse. We will also discuss Basketball recruiting and if we have time lay out our Preakness picks for Saturday. Listen in on the web by clicking listen live on terptalk.com.

Men's Lacrosse, Preakness, Radio Shows
Derby Winner Mine That Bird Unsure About Preakness Appearance

Upset winner Mine That Bird might do the unthinkable and skip the 133rd Preakness. The owners and trainer of the winning  derby horse realize that his best race would be the Belmont , since Mine That Bird was bred for distance. Stay tuned!!