FOOTBALL AND FINISH LINES FOR SEPTEMBER 19
So here we go into week three of football and finish lines and I already think we need to do something different…WIN!
On the gridiron we are going to stay in the SEC because that is who we are. There are a couple of potential pig picklers on tap so let’s take a look-see.
First up is Auburn at LSU (-7). To be safe, I could say the Tigers will win. Then you would say…which one? Well, Auburn won last year 41-7 and returns 15 starters from that squad. The Bayou Bengals have a battering ram at running back in Leonard Fournette and are as physical as ever. Is the spread too big for a game between old time rivals that are ranked 13th (LSU) and 18th (Auburn)? What that tells me is Auburn doesn’t really know what their nickname is (Tigers, War Eagles, Plainsmen) and LSU is ready for revenge. Take those Bengal Tigers from the Bayou.
Next, let’s talk about another SEC Western division clash of titans. Ole Miss at Alabama (-7) could be a Saturday night shootout. The Rebels have put up 149 points in the first two games of the season and even stemmed the Tide last year. Alabama whipped Wisconsin and cruised past Middle Tennessee State in their first two contests. Even though it may look like the Ole Miss offense would manage to cover here, take the Tide. Johnny Reb has never beaten Bama in back to back years and it won’t happen here either.
On to the finish lines for September 19. To make up for our bombs of the past few weeks, let’s take a shot in the ninth race at Churchill Downs. The Dogwood Stakes is run at 7 furlongs on the main track so let’s take a longshot across the board and try and get paid. The 3 horse, I’m a Looker, is at 15-1 on the morning line and has a win and a second place finish in two lifetime starts beneath the twin spires. I’m a Looker’s father, sprint hero Henny Hughes, is also the pappy of superstar Beholder.
Kentucky Downs has produced some fantastic payouts during the 2015 meet. The 10 cent superfecta has created more than just a few great hauls so let’s take a shot at one in the seventh race on September 19. The one mile Fasig-Tipton Ladies Turf Stakes might just be our baby. Let’s start with the 1 horse, Sunset Glow (5-2), because rider Joel Rosario has been a bit warmer of late. Put in the 5 horse I’m Already Sexy (7-2) because rider Julian Leparoux is a Frenchman has a leg up at this European style course and she has won twice this year. The 7 horse is Kiss Moon (6-1) and she won her last start in June on the Churchill Downs turf. Yes, she is coming off a 3 month layoff, but who cares. Lastly, we are throwing in the 4 horse, Valiant Vixen (6-1) as trainer Dale Romans is good at putting his horses in a spot to win.
Best thing I can say is if you are playing my picks…GOD LUCK!