Tom picked Derby longshot; Preakness looms

— They call him Kentucky Tom because he always roots for the Wildcats.

Once basketball season’s over, though, the Bluegrass State turns its attention to horse racing, the Sport of Kings.

Kentucky Tom’s real name is Tom Peat. He lives in Liverpool at the Liverpool Mall apartments right in the center of the village business district.

On May 5 he traveled outside Onondaga County to visit an Off-Track Betting Parlor to place a small wager on the 138th annual Kentucky Derby.

“I don’t know anything about horse racing,” Tom admitted to me later. “But I saw there was a horse running named I’ll Have Another. I liked that name so I played him across the board.”

Across the board

Across the board means Tom played the chestnut colt to win, place and show.

He was betting on I’ll Have Another – a 15-to-1 longshot – to finish either first, second or third. If his horse finished third, he’d have collected only on the show bet. If his horse finished second, he’d have collected on two bets; place and show. But when Tom’s horse finished first, he collected on all three.

He won $130.

Rookie jockey Mario Gutierrez rode a masterful race, moving I’ll Have Another way in from its starting position at post 19 and into perfect stalking position behind early leader and betting favorite Bodemeister. That favorite placed second and Dullahan came in third.

I’ll Have Another

Does Derby-winner I’ll Have Another have what it takes to win another?

Kentucky Tom is thinking it over as he anticipates the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, the Preakness Stakes, being run at 6:24 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes on June 9, at Long Island’s Belmont Park.

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