McLean, DeRosa Collaboration Teams Up To Win Pick 5 Carryover at Churchill Downs on Sunday

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My good friend and constant betting consultant, Ed DeRosa, and I teamed up on Sunday to take a swing at the mammoth Pick 5 Carry-Over at Churchill Downs on Sunday. We figured that the pool could possibly reach $600,000 by the time the 6th race came rolling around. We figured that we might as well take a shot.

After all, we are as good at handicapping horses as anyone else.


Well, we think so. Even though we may disagree with the other’s choices, from time to time.

It was swing time.

It was fun time.

We hit.

Along with a bunch of other people, to be sure.

But our efforts were certainly not in vain.

We invested $594 together, combined, total.

We inherited $1,606.76 together, combined, total.

And, that is in real American Dollars.

Not Icelandic cash.

As my friend used to say: “Man not go broke taking profit.”

Thanks, Edward.

Let’s do it again sometime soon.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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    Gene McLean

    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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