The favorite wins at Belmont, more on MLB, NHL and golf

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The Belmont Stakes winner was the favorite, Tiz the Law. My hunch on Modernist did not pan out so my pocketbook is a little lighter. Oh well, you know the saying “A gambler’s money has no home!”

Tiz the Law came flying down the lane to pass Tap It to Win to win by three and three quarter lengths. Tap It to Win came out of the gates and took the early lead trying to give trainer Mark Casse the victory. However, Tiz the Law would have none of that noise. Speaking of noise, the Belmont was void of noise this year. Usually full of 100,000 fans, this year the race featured zero fans and zero noise.

Tiz the Law became the first New York bred horse to win the Belmont since 1882, giving New York a hometown champion. Oh, and in case you want to know the horse in 1882, it was a horse named Forester.

The next leg of the Triple Crown will be The Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5. I am positive Tiz the Law will be running in the Derby. I will say Tiz the Law looked pretty impressive this past Saturday. The question becomes can Tiz the Law win two more races and the Triple Crown? Let’s check back in September to find out.

The Major League Baseball season is dwindling as every single day passes. The owners have offered a 60 game schedule and will not take a counter offer. I just don’t understand baseball players and why they are so greedy. If I was the owner of a baseball team I’d lock the doors and say “see you in 2021.” The spring training facilities have suffered numerous outbreaks of COVID-19. All of the training facilities have temporarily closed because of the outbreaks. Let’s see what happens this week on the baseball front. I couldn’t care less if they play or not to be honest.

The NHL is trying to narrow down hub cities so they can resume the hockey season. It looks like Las Vegas is one of the clear cut favorites to

host. The other cities in the mix are Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton. The NHL will have the Eastern Conference in one city and the Western Conference in the other city. There will only be two hub cities selected. The NHL is targeting July 10 to open up training camps. The NHL games will take place late July or early August with no fans.

The NHL announced last Friday that 11 of 200 players tested positive for COVID-19. The players were allowed into training facilities on June 8 and they have been tested. The players are now in self isolation and no names have been revealed as of yet. The Tampa Bay Lightning have temporarily closed their facility because three players tested positive and some staff members. Stay Tuned.

The RBC had a wild finish after a three hour weather delay on Sunday. I would say roughly nine golfers had a shot at winning this tournament. The wild finish winner turned out to be Webb Simpson. Mr. Webb Simpson shot a course record 22 under for a score of 264. The score by Webb broke the record by two strokes, which was held by Brian Gay in 2009. The last nine holes by Webb were spectacular as he drained numerous putts and some long ones too! I will say the field of golfers in Hilton Head at the RBC was one of the best fields ever at Harbour Town. The reason I say that is this tournament usually follows the Masters golf tournament and numerous players don’t play. It was fun to see so many big name golfers in field this weekend. The PGA had a golfer test positive for COVID-19 in Nick Watney on Friday. The PGA Tour now heads to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. The field will be determined after all the tests for the virus are conducted. Let’s hope that Nick Watney is the only one who is positive for the virus. I can be reached at thefatguy@mihomepaper.com.