A lot to take in for your Ash Wednesday 2019 now. Not just Ash Wednesday, either. What about Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.? Hoo-boy. It’s going to be difficult to get this back on the Right Side of History. The righteous indignation and moral outrage can’t be stuffed back in the bottle! So, the one good thing we have to post today is some video of your Victorious Team from the inaugural Jeopardy! All-Star Games. Good work.
Scrub on over to the 2:00 mark for Larissa Kelly, Jeopardy! assassin. She’ll blow you away and have a smile on her face — a good, warm smile, too, not a condescending smirk! — the whole time. David Madden, a little receding of the hairline there, but his skills never retreated. And Bradford Rutter — yes! Our all-time favorite player, mainly for his cool and calm gameplay. He never looks like he’s struggling out there. He’s Bob Verini, but a hundred times more knowledgable. Bradford Rutter, just like Nick Foles, except Rutter is an all-time genius. Bradford Rutter and Nick Foles, all they do is win. But Bradford Rutter is an all-time genius. Bradford Rutter #1 always. Larissa Kelly #1A always! David Madden #2B always! Good work, Team Brad. Thank you for your win. Good work.
As well, this last two weeks of the show has been fantastical. Some players appeared as though they did not belong, but the great majority were capable contestants. You’d take them on your team in Pub Trivia any evening. As well, the pacing and responses were snappy — no stoopid Clew Crue videos or celebrity readings — and there was no chance to breathe between clues at times. It was that good. For word nerds, fact hounds and information junkies such as ourselves, it was blissful. For word nerds, fact hounds and information junkies with the attention span of an ethnic jumping bean, such as ourselves, it was even better. It was like exclusively doing the Friday and Saturday New York Times crosswords for two weeks’ straight without getting stuck on too many of the clues — challenging, meaty, yet altogether quick-paced. Good work.
Keystone/Phila. Park/ParXXX 3
#7 Forest River ($20.40, BestLine Fair Odds 5.54-1)
#4 Sound Punch ($35, BestLine Fair Odds 5.02-1)
#5 Touch Me Ill Dance ($37.80, BestLine Fair Odds 2.08-1; no natural double on Races 5 & 6, natch)
#1 Lucky Lou Who ($23.40, BestLine Fair Odds 3.98-1; no natural double on Races 6 & 7, natch; no pick-3 on Races 5, 6, 7, either!)
Mahoning 6 (Low-Priced Overlay of the Day)
#9 Bangor Ridge ($18.20, BestLine Fair Odds 6.46-1)
Fair Grounds 3, 6, 7 for Fat Tuesday yesterday. Seven plays, nothing. We might be just picking the wrong track each day, as the Sunland longshots above suggest. Racing!
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Taking chances with Turf Paradise 1, 4, 7
PETA and all the Peter Singer mob might take down horseracing soon, but they’ll never touch Jeopardy! Thank you, Mistah Alex Trebek, for not having any scandals or retrograde tendencies the way some other reality-show and gameshow hosts have. Thank you.