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Dear Gary (on the Bo Ryan of horse racing)

Posted on: January 6, 2010 10:34 am
 

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Interesting column (on Jamie Dixon) . The Bo Ryan Treatment is not that dissimilar from my No. 1 rule of horse racing. I never make any bet on a horse race if Mike Smith has a mount unless I also have the Mike Smith horse on my ticket. It stems from 2005, when I had Giacamo on my Kentucky Derby exacta, only to remove him because my dad wanted to save $10. I had the 70-1 that came in second and with Giacamo, that exacta paid a hair shy of $10,000. Since that time I've broken my rule numerous times, most recently this summer at Del Mar when Mike smith rode 23-1 longshot Richard's Kid to victory in the Pacific Classic. But I've also made a lot of money following this rule, like in the summer of 2008 when I threw Mike Smith onto my ticket on a 35-1 in some random race, and he came in second, winning me $190 in an exacta. I didn't like the horse, but it had Mike Smith. Pretty simple theorem? Just can never count it out. No other jockey has reached that status yet.

-- Burton


I don't know anything about Mike Smith.

Or horse racing, really.

So I got a little lost in your note, Burton. But it seems your point is that you refuse to discount Mike Smith regardless of his horse, which absolutely means you're giving Mike Smith The Bo Ryan Treatment . Seems reasonable to me. And I like that you used the word "theorem." You don't get that word around here often, especially after a controversial DeMarcus Cousins column.
Comments

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the Bo Ryan of horse racing)

Jerry Sloan. I do know enough to think that's a good call. Tiger, too. There are other areas in which we can doubt Tiger, but not on the fairway.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the Bo Ryan of horse racing)

Tiger Woods - gimp leg or not, he's a real "player"



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2010 2:05 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the Bo Ryan of horse racing)

Jerry Sloan?



Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Dear Gary (on the Bo Ryan of horse racing)

Okay, now I'm intrigued. How many other men or women out there deserve The Bo Ryan Treatment? I'm a college basketball guy through and through so I'm not well-versed in other sports. Therefore, who else is out there who has earned this honor. I'd be very curious to know? Or no one could respond and I'll lie awake all night.


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