Kentucky Derby winner Orb will break our hearts at the Belmont in early June.
If Revolutionary runs there, he’ll beat Orb out of the Triple Crown, another reminder of how difficult it is for a horse to win three straight big races in six weeks time.
Yes, that means I’m taking Orb to win at Pimlico on May 18.
He’ll win here in Baltimore.
And then go to Belmont and lose.
Orb received a great trip from Joel Rosario on Saturday in Louisville. It was about as perfect as perfect could get. And, if you watched the race closely, there appeared to be a little jockey-shenaningans going on, as a couple of riders conspired to keep Calvin Borel and Revolutionary away from the rail throughout most of the race. Maybe that was just dumb luck…or intentional…but Borel didn’t get the trip he wanted and his horse finished third.
Orb looks really good.
Good enough to win the Preakness.
And then break our hearts at the Belmont.
The Caps are up 2-0 over the Rangers.
I don’t like it.
I mean, I DO like it, but I’m hoping they don’t get too comfortable with a two-game lead. I get jittery when good things happen to the Washington Capitals. Why? Because I’ve watched them since 1974. Anytime something good happens to them, something bad usually follows quickly. And with more authority.
The whole series can change in a heartbeat, especially if New York pulls out Game 3 tonight at the Garden.
I guess I’m used to the Capitals just doing whatever it takes to squander any good fortune they’ve received, but I’m nervous about this series. Yes, I picked Washington to win in five games. But this is the Caps. Nothing ever comes easy for them.
Tonight is a big one.
I don’t know much about agronomy and why grass grows well and doesn’t (some of you might have known about that stuff back in college). But I know a lot about golf courses and I’ve been a member at Mountain Branch in Joppa since 2001. Right now, as in, today — right now — the golf course is in the best shape I’ve EVER seen it.
I’m talking about professional-tournament quality condition. Fairways=perfect. Greens=perfect. Rough=well, the rough is the rough…it’s rough. Like it should be.
Anyway — go play the golf course. And stick around afterwards for a drink and sandwich in the bar.
And, if deck parties suit you, Mountain Branch has a killer event on Thursday evening that starts around 5pm and goes until your wife calls and tells you to come home.
I’m telling you — the course is in the best shape I’ve ever seen it.
How much could I have won from you if I would have bet that the two Orioles big late-game blows on Saturday and Sunday would have come from — Steve Pearce and Ryan Flaherty?
Pearce singled in the game-winning run on Saturday in the 10th inning and Flaherty produced a back-breaking 2-run single in the top of the 8th on Sunday in the 8-4 win.
Pearce and Flaherty.
Yeah, just like we figured.