The new Breeders' Cup Pick Seven should spur interest
Thoroughbred racing officials may have finally devised a betting concept that should enable their sport to compete effectively against state lotteries, greyhound racing and other forms of gambling. The Breeders' Cup Pick Seven may be just that.
The Breeders' Cup, the $10 million, seven-race showcase that annually brings together the best American, Canadian and European horses, will be held on Saturday at Churchill Downs. To win the Pick Seven, and a payoff that could amount to millions of dollars, all a bettor has to do is correctly select the seven winners. There are only about 35 million combinations to choose from. The minimum wager will be $2, and bets may be placed at more than 550 outlets around North America.
Looking for some tips? How about Housebuster in the Sprint, Bertrando in the Juvenile, Dance Smartly in the Distaff, Tight Spot in the Mile, Preach in the Juvenile Fillies, Itsallgreektome in the Turf and Summer Squall in the Classic.
—WILLIAM F. REED
Chip off the Block
Vince Lombardi's grandson is playing college football
As a coach, Vince Lombardi was well known for his iron will, his torturous practices and his oft-quoted maxim, "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." But as a grandfather, Lombardi is a virtual unknown.
Joe Lombardi, grandson of the legendary Green Bay Packer coach, is a 6'3", 212-pound sophomore tight end at the Air Force Academy. Born in June 1971, nine months after Vince died, Joe knows less about his grandfather's Packers of the '60s than he does about the Seattle Seahawks of the late '70s. (Joe's father, Vince, was then assistant general manager of the Seahawks; he's now a motivational speaker.) "I'm kind of distanced from the whole thing," says Joe. "I don't play because I'm a Lombardi, I play because I enjoy it."
After a stellar high school career at Seattle Prep, Joe plays primarily on special teams at Air Force. Nevertheless, he has developed a reputation for fierceness that is true to the Lombardi name. Says teammate Stan Lawrie, "He's an intense guy, all right."