Master Fencer is Fat Guy’s pick for Belmont



The third leg of the Triple Crown will run on Saturday around 6:35 p.m. The Belmont Stakes, the oldest and longest race of the three Triple Crown races, is called “The Test of the Champion.” The race goes one and a half miles and is a true test for all the horses entered in the race. This year is the 151st Belmont Stakes and the field is loaded with talent and tremendous trainers. The favorite is Tacitus, who finished third at the Kentucky Derby. The second choice is the Preakness Stakes winner, War of Will. Who are the other contenders? How about Everfast, who was second in the Preakness to War of Will. The Todd Pletcher horse, Spinoff, and Intrepid Heart are currently around 9-1 odds. The Japenese horse, Master Fencer, a sixthplace finisher at the Kentucky Derby, will take a shot at the Belmont Stakes.

So who does the Fat Guy like Saturday night? I will place my money on Master Fencer, as I believe he will like this distance and the odds will be high. My second choice is War of Will. I loved how he dominated the Preakness. I will toss out Tacitus, too, the early betting favorite. If you are wagering, good luck and may your pockets be lined with cheddar! I hope mine are!

NBA Finals shocker

The NBA Finals produced two very good basketball games in Toronto. The Toronto Raptors shocked me with a fabulous Game One victory over the Golden State Warriors. I said last week that someone on the Raptors needed to step up other than Kawhi Leonard. The man in Game One was Pascal Siakam, who tossed in 32 points and was 14-17 from the floor shooting. How about Marc Gasol and him chipping in 20 points? I wanted to see a good NBA Finals and just maybe it could be a great Finals. The atmosphere in Toronto was tremendous and super loud screaming on every single possession it seemed. I would say maybe the Warriors wondered where the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team was. I mean, the Warriors played them for four straight NBA Finals. The series is tied up 1-1 with Golden State rallying for a victory in Game Two. The series heads to the “Leftcoast” for games three and four yesterday and Friday night. I can positively say Toronto loses both games out there and this series is all but over for the Raptors! I am pulling for the boys north of the border.

Prediction hangs in balance

I am sitting at my desk watching Game Four between Boston and St.Louis. The Bruins dominated game three with a 7-2 win on the road to go up 2-1 in the series. The St. Louis goalie, Jordan Binnington, was pulled after he let in goal number five. I see he is back between the pipes tonight and I think it’s the right decision. He needs to be solid in net for the Blues tonight. The Stanley Cup will be decided tonight in St. Louis. The Blues cannot afford to lose this Game Four or this Stanley Cup will be hoisted in the city of Boston. The Blues cannot come back from 3-1 in my opinion and win two games in Boston’s arena. I sure will miss hockey when the Stanley Cup concludes here shortly. Come on, St. Louis, win this and make my prediction look good. I will also say it’s been a very entertaining Stanley Cup Finals so far. Editor’s note: The Blue’s won their Tuesday night game after Fat Guy filed this column.

Someone with common sense

The NFL commissioner wins the Fat Guy’s approval with the statement that four preseason games are too many! The collective bargaining talks have started and I believe eliminating a couple of these worthless games is on the agenda. I know the players do not want to play 18 regular-season games, either. The issue of safety is a concern along with injuries. If you’re wondering, the collective bargaining agreement in the NFL expires after the 2020 season. It is only seven weeks away until NFL training camps open up. Can’t be, can it?

Run-away lead on the diamond

The Minnesota Twins are running away in the American League-Central, holding an 11-game lead over the Cleveland Indians. The National League-West is currently a L.A Dodger run-away, too with an eight-game lead over the Colorado Rockies. The Houston Astros will win the American League-West by a large margin this summer. The other divisions will all be good races come