Medina Spirit drama shouldn’t ruin Preakness Stakes betting

Horse racing often will get a lift in publicity this time of yr as everybody tries to determine whether or not the Kentucky Derby winner will be capable of sweep the Triple Crown. Of course, the narrative for this Saturday’s Preakness modified final Sunday morning when coach Bob Baffert introduced Medina Spirit had examined optimistic for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone.

The backlash was far and huge in regard as to if Baffert is the best coach of all time (due to his document seven Derby wins) or a cheater. The integrity of horse racing typically has been known as into query, with criticism of the drug-testing protocols on each extremes. Some say any violation requires suspension whereas others say the principles are too strict now for anybody to observe.

The saddle blankets of trainer Bob Baffert's two Preakness Stakes entrants, Medina Spirit and Concert Tour.
The saddle blankets of coach Bob Baffert’s two Preakness Stakes entrants, Medina Spirit and Concert Tour.
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I’m not a pharmacist or a lawyer, so I’m content material to let every thing run its due course (and due course of). I’m a gambler and a sports-betting author, so my focus is on the betting implications. Of course, the largest complaints have been coming from those that guess Derby runner-up Mandaloun and really feel they need to receives a commission. I’ve spent numerous time this week telling individuals they’re out of luck as a result of the outcomes turn out to be official for wagering functions on race day and that’s not going to alter even when the Kentucky Racing Commission finally disqualifies Medina Spirit and declares Mandaloun the winner.

Most of the complaints have come from novice bettors, particularly individuals who solely enterprise into horse racing at Derby time. Longtime gamblers know that this occurs in different sports activities when championships are vacated after the actual fact. It’s at all times been that manner. The bookies pay out profitable tickets on a given day or after a season they usually’re not about to then additionally pay those that had the “rightful” winner, particularly since they’re not capable of recoup the cash from the preliminary payouts. Now, some persons are arguing this wants to alter. I agree it’s a noble idea, and possibly that would be the case sometime when all bets are accomplished electronically and might be reversed extra simply, however that’s the world we dwell in now.

The extra irritating factor I’ve been listening to these days is all of the individuals who say we must always boycott horse racing due to all of the dishonest and/or unfair playing outcomes. I perceive the frustration, however I don’t consider any of us are going to do this. And I noticed this from expertise as we’ve heard comparable boycotts mentioned through the years throughout the sports activities panorama.

Did anybody cease betting on the NFL after “Spygate” and “Deflategate”? What about all of the steroid scandals in baseball? And the Astros’ dishonest scandal? College sports activities have had a ton of game-fixing instances, and the way concerning the Tim Donaghy scandal within the NBA? And let’s not even get into all of the controversial judging choices in boxing and MMA, but all of us can’t wait to guess the following massive battle.

I do know it stinks when this stuff occur, however regardless of there being numerous these examples, they’re nonetheless a small proportion of all of the video games being performed. Let’s not throw the child out with the bathwater.

So, after all of the mud has settled, I’ll nonetheless be handicapping Saturday’s Preakness and posting my performs Friday on We would possibly must issue which trainers are dishonest into our handicapping, however how is that completely different from some other sport? Are any batters utilizing steroids or pitchers scuffing the ball? Are there school soccer and basketball coaches bending the principles?

We handicap our greatest and belief we’ll be on the proper aspect as a rule.

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