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Mike Handzelek's 1st NBA Play Of The Year & Kentucky Derby Analysis/Review/Notes

By: Point Shaver Handzelek
Date: May 7, 2019
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Saturday, May 04, 2019 Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets (NBA) - 8:35 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -160 Houston Rockets Rating: 9* 1st NBA Play Of Year With Kentucky Derby Big Payouts (WIN) For those with short memories, these are still the same 2 teams with close to the same talent as last year when Houston led this series 3 games to 2 after 5 games. Now they find themselves down 2-0 after losing 2 close ones by 4 & 6 points. I'm not expecting James Harden's eye injury to be a factor. However, GS's Stephen Curry finger should be one. My bottom line says talented & desperate teams find a way to get things done on their home court. Look @ the last 5 decades with the Celtics. look for Rockets' HC Mike D'Antoni to devise offensive sets giving Harden & Co. excellent looks in their cozy arena. Their shooting percentages will definitely rise here as Houston takes a step toward evening the series tonight. Grab the HOUSTON ROCKETS for the "W" as my 1st NBA Play Of The Season! Let's move on to my Derby DANDIES in take-it-to-the-window fashion! PLAY the West Coast-based chestnut colt wearing #5 IMPROBABLE for $30 to win! Why? Let me start out by saying that there's NO better trainer of thoroughbreds than BOB BAFFERT! This is especially true when asking a 3-year-old to run @ peak performance early on. Improbable is not only fresh (making his 3rd start) but has super-impressive in every race the past year. Remember, 13 out of the last 19 & 8 straight Derby winners won their last prep race. In addition, the #5 gate of the Derby has been the MOST successful winning 10 times with Always Dreaming doing it last in 2017 while also finishing IN THE MONEY 3 straight times. There's MAJOR motivation for Baffert as he looks to become only the 3rd trainer/owner in Derby history to win back-to-back in the Kentucky Derby sinceHerbert John Thompson & Edward R Bradley did it with Burgoo King & Brokers Tip (1932-33) & Ben Jones/Calumet Farms accomplishing the feat twice with Ponder & Citation (1948-49) & with Iron Liege & Tim Tam (1957-58). Let's move on to 4 insurance bets. PLAY #14, #13, #3 & #1 to place for $10 each. In the exotics, PLAY a $2 TRIFECTA WHEEL on 5-8-16 OVER 5-8-16 OVER 3-5-6-7-8-13-14-16-17. NOTES: The torrid NBA streak continues as Houston with James Harden & Company get it done over defending champ Golden State. Keep a close eye on this series. It's far from over! The TRUE story of the weekend HAD to be in the Kentucky Derby where we didn't see a usual inquiry but a protest/objection immediately following the race. The jockey of Country House (Derby winner) lodged it against winner Maximum Security (who placed 17th eventually) for veering out & forcing War Of Will out into Long Range Toddy & Bodexpress close to the 5/16 pole. Barbara Borden (Kentucky Derby Chief Steward) said she & the other stewards interviewed riders & studied video replays of this in side a 22-minute review. After using what is the most hypothetical system in the world of sports since they have to decide what would have happened if the interference didn't take place. After performing this unorthodox task, they found Maximum Security in violation for interference (pushed him back to 17th) & awarded next runner-up # 20 Country House (the 2nd winner out of the 20 hole & 1st since Big Brown) the winner. Besides giving trainer Bill Mott his 1st Derby victory, Country House (65-1) paid bettors $132.40 on a $2 win bet. How rare was this disqualification? The last one was back in 1968 when Forward Pass was awarded the victory (money) by Kentucky state racing officials after Dancer's Image tested positive for a prohibited medication. A court challenge was upheld the steward's decision as it will this time out. We we're all over IMPROBABLE for the win in the Derby. However, his run wasn't smooth in the 19-horse field. He was in range before getting covered up in the two-path & then idled through the far turn stuck in traffic which lost him position. He could not make up enough ground down the stretch finishing 4th. Be on the look out for War Of Will in the Preakness since he would have finished 3rd (even though he was interfered with) if the Derby ran @ the Preakness distance. Also note Maximum Security will pass up the Preakness after an appeal was denied. I highly doubt that winner Country House will be there either since it would be his 4th race in 8 weeks. For those exotics bettors playing $2 bets, the Exacta paid $3,009.60 but still looked up @ the Trifecta dishing out a hefty $22,950. The Superfecta turned up the heat covered 6 figures @ $102,800.20 while the "King Of The Day" Super Hi-5 made millionaires on a duece handing out a staggering $1,088,371,80! I was disappointed to say the least as the BIG Derby money escaped us for the 4th year in a row. However, I've been over 60% successful @ Pimlico & the "Big Sandy" over the past 2 decades so better days are certainly loading up! Stay tuned for NBA, NHL the next few weeks & the release of my 1st MLB play of the season after a month+ of gauging teams. Mike Handzelek's 2016-19 NBA Overall Record: 28-8 for a surreal tops in the business 78%!

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