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Sleeping off I’ll Have Another

— Tom Peat, who lives in Liverpool at the Village Mall Apartments, won a tidy sum by betting Kentucky Derby longshot I’ll Have Another across the board on May 5.

As tall as a tree and just as solid, Peat’s a hard-working dude who sports a well-trimmed moustache and sometimes can be seen biking on village streets. He planned to back the horse again when it ran in the Preakness on May 19, but Murphy’s Law interceded. Or maybe it was the sandman.

“I fell asleep,” Tommy told me last week. When you snooze, you lose.

He never made it to the Off Track Betting parlor that day. Too bad for Tom, because I’ll Have Another again nosed out Bodemeister to take the second leg of the fable Triple Crown.

“But I won’t fall asleep for the Belmont,” Pete promised. “I’ll put my money on I’ll Have Another again.” Tommy initially picked the Kentucky-bred colt because he liked its bibulous moniker, and now he likes the horse because of the way it runs.

A lot of Peat’s pals call him Kentucky Tom because he always roots for the Wildcats, but now he’s also a fan of wild horses.

Belmont Stakes’ star

The Belmont Stakes will attract the attention of the racing world this year as I’ll Have Another bids to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Given his skill set and the 1 ½-mile length of this race, he may have the best chance of any contender in years. Eleven horses are scheduled to make the run on June 9 in Long Island.

The undisputed star of this year’s Belmont Stakes, I’ll Have Another closed strong to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The Belmont’s distance should weed out the early speed long before the finish, which should benefit the favorite. Biggest questions will be his ability to win a race in which he doesn’t come off the pace and whether he has the stamina to run strongly in three grueling races in five weeks. Meanwhile, its rider, the young jockey Mario Guttierez, looks forward to crossing the finish line before any other contender.

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