MLB Betting: Royals Home Underdogs to Kluber, Indians

Cleveland Indians (-110) at Kansas City Royals (+102, 7.5 O/U )

The Indians, fresh off a 17 run outburst yesterday at Texas, head to Kansas City to take on division rivals Royals. The Indians are second in the Central, just two games back of Detroit. Cleveland is 9-1 over its last 10 games and averaging 6.5 runs a game during that streak. The Royals are just 3.5 games behind Detroit, good for third place in the division.

Right-hander Jason Vargas is the scheduled starter for the Royals. He has a 5-2 record in 2014 with a 3.28 ERA. Vargas worked eight strong innings at St. Louis on Wednesday, giving up just two runs on nine hits and two walks. He got a no-decision in an extra-inning loss. In only three of 13 starts has he given up more than two earned runs. Vargas cashed in his third straight quality start for the Royals, bringing his ERA down to 3.28 in the process. The veteran is stranding runners at a higher rate than any other season in his career (82.1 percent), so he’ll be prone for a shaky outing here and there. The Royals, 6-7 in his starts, have gone over 36% of the time in those starts.

His opponent on the mound will be left-hander Corey Kluber. Kluber has a 3.23 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, and is 6-3 on the season. Kluber allowed four runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision against Boston on Wednesday. The righty has gone 4-0 with a 2.55 ERA, 64 strikeouts and 10 walks in his past seven turns. Kluber had given the Indians six straight quality starts prior to Wednesday, but was unable to keep the streak alive. His four strikeouts also represented his lowest total since all the way back on April 19. Despite the minor bump in the road, Kluber owns a 3.23 ERA on the season, and an even more impressive 2.47 FIP. The Indians are 8-5 in games started by him. Forecasts are calling for 68°F temperatures with winds blowing at 9 mph. The humidity will be around 73%. There is a 20% chance of precipitation.

Cleveland Indians versus Vargas: 30 years old left-hander, 6’0” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, curve,

Finesse Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 87.7: 2014 velocity, 86.6: velocity over the last two weeks, 86.7

Runs per game (league ranking), 13 (4.11 per game) : Home Runs, 17 (38 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 19 (.247) : OB%, 8 (.326) : Slugging, 15 (.386)

      Walks, 4 (3.8 per game) : Strikeouts, 25 (6.8) : Stolen Bases, 12 (27 SBs)

      Last seven games, 12 (.758 OPS) : Last 14 games, 12 (.714 OPS) : Last 28 games, 4 (.764 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 6 (.756 OPS) : Versus lefties, 25 (.656 OPS)

          Home, 6 (.752 OPS) : Away, 14 (.696 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 20 (.656 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 8 (.721 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 12 (.751 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 6 (.771 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 16 (.710 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 8 (.744 OPS)

                    First five innings, 14 (.724 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 9 (.713 OPS)

                      Kansas City Royals versus Kluber: 27 years old right-hander, 6’4” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup, : 2013 velocity, 93.2: 2014 velocity, 92.3: velocity over the last two weeks, 92.4

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 23 (3.91 per game) : Home Runs, 30 (20 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 11 (.255) : OB%, 22 (.308) : Slugging, 28 (.359)

                          Walks, 23 (2.6 per game) : Strikeouts, 30 (5.5) : Stolen Bases, 6 (32 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 16 (.726 OPS) : Last 14 games, 21 (.672 OPS) : Last 28 games, 26 (.650 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 25 (.665 OPS) : Versus lefties, 24 (.658 OPS)

                              Home, 27 (.661 OPS) : Away, 24 (.664 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 28 (.563 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 20 (.656 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 27 (.669 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 24 (.678 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 28 (.661 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 20 (.665 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 24 (.684 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 30 (.614 OPS)

                                          Sportsbooks Making A Push for World Cup Betting Action

                                          The Greatest Show in Soccer is less than a week away, and the gambling action is starting to heat up as well. Bookmakers are salivating over the five-week tournament, and pulling out all the tricks to drum up business. Bitcoin books in particular are pushing the envelope. New to the bookmaking game since the bitcoin world is just now becoming mainstream, these bitcoin books are offering high-dollar contests to attract new customers.

                                          Nitrogen Sportsbook (Nitrogensports.eu), one of the elite bitcoin sportsbooks in the world, is one of those bitcoin books with a lucrative contest. Nitrogen is planning on giving away up to 20 bitcoins in their contest. In addition to a handicapping contest, Nitrogen plans on running trivia contest throughout the tournament, giving away bitcoins in the process.

                                           Anonibet is offering 22 bitcoins in their World Cup contest. The Granddaddy of Bitcoin books, in business since 2011, Anonibet will give away a 10 bitcoin first prize to the player who has the most winning accumulative odds at the end of the World Cup. Smaller prizes will go out to the second and third place finishers.

                                           Billions of dollars are expected to be wagered on in this year’s World Cup. While the vast majority of this action will go through traditional sportsbooks, bitcoin books are hoping to grab a piece of that action. “It’s a great way to get our name out there,” says one bitcoin sportsbook rep. “We are the wave of the future as far as sportsbooks go, and having a solid tournament will show we mean business.”

                                          Yankees Small Underdogs on the Road In Kansas City

                                          New York Yankees (+120) at Kansas City Royals (-130, 7.5 O/U )

                                          The Yankees are having trouble scoring runs. New York, 31-31 on the season, haven’t scored more than four runs in a game since May 27. Injuries have taken a toll. Carlos Beltran has been ineffective since coming off the disabled list. Mark Teixeira is hitting just .176 in his last 16 games. Derek Jeter, one of the least productive players in the major leagues this season, has just three hits over his last 26 at-bats.

                                          Left-hander Vidal Nuno takes the mound tonight for the road team Yankees. He is 1-2 on the year with a 4.50 ERA. Nuno had gone three straight starts pitching at least six innings until tagged him for two runs on six hits before not making it out of the fifth inning. The Yankees, 4-5 in his starts, have gone over 44% of the time in those starts.

                                          The Kansas City Royals will send left-hander Jason Vargas out as their starter; he has a 5-2 record so far in 2014. Vargas worked eight strong innings at St. Louis on Wednesday, giving up just two runs on nine hits and two walks. He got a no-decision in an extra-inning loss. In only three of 13 starts has he given up more than two earned runs. The Royals have gone over the total in 36% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 68°F temperatures with winds blowing at 13 mph. The humidity will be around 78%. There is a 60% chance of precipitation.

                                          New York Yankees versus Vargas: 30 years old left-hander, 6’0” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, curve,

                                          Finesse Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 87.7: 2014 velocity, 86.6: velocity over the last two weeks, 86.7

                                          Runs per game (league ranking), 9 (4.37 per game) : Home Runs, 11 (44 HRs)

                                            Bat Ave, 3 (.264) : OB%, 8 (.326) : Slugging, 7 (.417)

                                              Walks, 21 (3 per game) : Strikeouts, 23 (7.4) : Stolen Bases, 9 (30 SBs)

                                              Last seven games, 29 (.587 OPS) : Last 14 games, 30 (.596 OPS) : Last 28 games, 27 (.649 OPS)

                                                Versus Righties, 21 (.692 OPS) : Versus lefties, 19 (.709 OPS)

                                                  Home, 9 (.734 OPS) : Away, 23 (.666 OPS)

                                                    1st Inning Production, 12 (.755 OPS)

                                                      Facing a Power Pitcher, 28 (.598 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 22 (.692 OPS)

                                                        Facing a fly ball pitcher, 22 (.691 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                                          Run Production at Night, 23 (.683 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 11 (.725 OPS)

                                                            First five innings, 13 (.725 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 26 (.653 OPS)

                                                              Kansas City Royals versus Nuno: 25 years old left-hander, 5’11” 195 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, curve, changeup

                                                              Fly Ball, Finesse Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 88: 2014 velocity, 88.6: velocity over the last two weeks, 88.6

                                                              Runs per game (league ranking), 23 (3.91 per game) : Home Runs, 30 (20 HRs)

                                                                Bat Ave, 11 (.255) : OB%, 22 (.308) : Slugging, 28 (.359)

                                                                  Walks, 23 (2.6 per game) : Strikeouts, 30 (5.5) : Stolen Bases, 6 (32 SBs)

                                                                  Last seven games, 16 (.726 OPS) : Last 14 games, 21 (.672 OPS) : Last 28 games, 26 (.650 OPS)

                                                                    Versus Righties, 25 (.665 OPS) : Versus lefties, 24 (.658 OPS)

                                                                      Home, 27 (.661 OPS) : Away, 24 (.664 OPS)

                                                                        1st Inning Production, 28 (.563 OPS)

                                                                          Facing a Power Pitcher, 20 (.656 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 27 (.669 OPS)

                                                                            Facing a fly ball pitcher, 24 (.678 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                                                              Run Production at Night, 28 (.661 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 20 (.665 OPS)

                                                                                First five innings, 24 (.684 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 30 (.614 OPS)

                                                                                  Rangers In Trouble, Take On Kings in Critical Game 3

                                                                                  The New York Rangers haven’t trailed in regulation time yet in the Stanley Cup Finals. That’s good news most of the time. But the Rangers inability to put the LA Kings away have left New York down 0-2 heading into Game 3 at Madison Square Garden tonight.

                                                                                  “We just didn’t get the bounces in overtime,” says Mats Zuccarello. “We’ve got to limit our mistakes. Hopefully the fans will be behind us and give us a good boost.”

                                                                                  Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault had this to say at Sunday’s news conference:

                                                                                  QUESTION: How concerned are you with Richards’ game in Game2? Do you feel changes might be necessary as far as the forward alignment?
                                                                                  VIGNEAULT: I mean, I’m sure Brad, with his experience, knows that their whole line needs to be better. If you look at the stats on that night, it obviously wasn’t one of their better nights.
                                                                                  But they’re veteran guys. They’ve been around. They can evaluate their game real well. I’m sure they’re going to have a good bounce back game tonight.

                                                                                  QUESTION: Take a look at the success of the fourth line, the way they got the puck in, cycled. Is that a message if you keep it simple you’ll have more success?
                                                                                  VIGNEAULT: I would say to you that our three lines last game did exactly that. They got pucks below the top of the circles. We spent a lot of time in their end cycling pucks, getting pucks on the net, getting opportunities.
                                                                                  Chance-wise we’re right there with them. We played some good hockey. We got a little bit unfortunate in that last third period. But, you know, we’re right there. We feel real good about our game. Going to be a great night to be hockey fans tonight.

                                                                                  QUESTION: Marty St.Louis said it took him a while to get comfortable in this lineup. When did you see him get comfortable and what did that look like to you?
                                                                                  VIGNEAULT: Marty is real dominant on himself. When he got here, offensively he wasn’t producing to the pace he was used to, the way he wanted to.
                                                                                  He was doing a lot of other things real well. He was playing, in my estimation, the right way. When you play the right way, you give yourselves a chance. Even though he wasn’t on the score sheet, our team was doing what’s important: we were winning a lot of hockey games.
                                                                                  When we got into the playoffs, he was still playing the right way, found a way to get on the score sheet. Obviously you only get to this stage if your top players are doing that.

                                                                                  QUESTION: After the way Game1 ended, was Girardi’s Game2 even more impressive?
                                                                                  VIGNEAULT: I personally wasn’t impressed in the sense that I knew that’s how he was going to respond. Dan has got a lot of mental capabilities. He got unfortunate there.
                                                                                  We seemed, in the first two games, to have a couple of those bounces not go our way. Things always even themselves out.
                                                                                  With the right effort, the right attitude, they say if you work hard, luck will come with you. Well, we’re working hard, working our butts off here. Very confident we’re going to have that same type of effort tonight and are going to be real good.

                                                                                  QUESTION: If you’re down 2-0, coming home, sometimes the urge is to do too much. What is your message to the guys, not to do too much out of their element?
                                                                                  VIGNEAULT: We have to hold serve, and we know that. But we know our game and we know the way to play. When we do that, we’re a good team.
                                                                                  We have done that for the most part throughout this series. But even though we’re playing hard and we’re playing the right way, they’re a great hockey team.
                                                                                  I mean, it’s been nine periods of real good hockey so far. Could have gone one way or the other. They’re up 2-0. Give them full credit. We’re going to try to make this a series tonight.

                                                                                  QUESTION: It was a tough a game for Brad Richards. Do you have the same expectations you have for Dan in Game 2?
                                                                                  VIGNEAULT: Without a doubt, Brad is a veteran player. I know he’s going to respond real well. I’m confident that’s what he’s going to do.

                                                                                  Tigers Go For Sweep Against Boston in Tonight’s MLB Action

                                                                                  Boston Red Sox (+115) at Detroit Tigers (-125, 7.5 O/U )

                                                                                  Can the Red Sox ever beat the Tigers? That’s the question one has to be asking this year after yet another whipping imposed on Boston by Detroit yesterday. Detroit won 8-6 behind Max Scherzer, and is 5-0 on the year so far against Boston. Small comfort to Tiger fans who remember last years ALCS loss to Boston, but nothing is wrong with a little revenge.

                                                                                  Right-hander John Lackey, 6-4 with a 3.28 earned run average in 2014, will be the starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the final game with the Detroit Tigers this year. Lackey pitched a complete game but took the loss in his last start against the Indians, giving up eight hits and three runs over eight innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA in five road starts this season. The Red Sox, 6-6 in his starts, have gone over 25% of the time in those starts.

                                                                                  Right-hander Anibal Sanchez will take the mound for the home team. Sanchez has delivered 15 1/3 innings of one-run, five-hit ball over his last two starts against the A’s and Blue Jays, but has no wins to show for it. He gave up one earned run over five innings against the Red Sox on May 18. The Tigers are 4-5 in games started by him, and have gone over 38% of those games. The game time temperature will be 71°F with winds blowing at 9 mph. The humidity will be around 53%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

                                                                                  Boston Red Sox versus Sanchez: 29 years old right-hander, 6’0” 205 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, changeup, curve

                                                                                  Power Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 93: 2014 velocity, 91.5: velocity over the last two weeks, 91.6

                                                                                  Runs per game (league ranking), 14 (4.07 per game) : Home Runs, 23 (34 HRs)

                                                                                    Bat Ave, 23 (.243) : OB%, 4 (.330) : Slugging, 22 (.374)

                                                                                      Walks, 3 (4 per game) : Strikeouts, 13 (8.2) : Stolen Bases, 28 (13 SBs)

                                                                                      Last seven games, 22 (.659 OPS) : Last 14 games, 10 (.727 OPS) : Last 28 games, 22 (.682 OPS)

                                                                                        Versus Righties, 17 (.695 OPS) : Versus lefties, 17 (.715 OPS)

                                                                                          Home, 11 (.729 OPS) : Away, 21 (.673 OPS)

                                                                                            1st Inning Production, 21 (.655 OPS)

                                                                                              Facing a Power Pitcher, 21 (.644 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 6 (.783 OPS)

                                                                                                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 17 (.723 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                                                                                  Run Production at Night, 13 (.721 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 22 (.659 OPS)

                                                                                                    First five innings, 15 (.719 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 15 (.691 OPS)

                                                                                                      Detroit Tigers versus Lackey: 34 years old right-hander, 6’6” 245 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, curve, changeup : 2013 velocity, 91.7: 2014 velocity, 91.7: velocity over the last two weeks, 91.8

                                                                                                      Runs per game (league ranking), 5 (4.83 per game) : Home Runs, 16 (39 HRs)

                                                                                                        Bat Ave, 2 (.278) : OB%, 6 (.328) : Slugging, 3 (.430)

                                                                                                          Walks, 29 (2.6 per game) : Strikeouts, 29 (6.6) : Stolen Bases, 2 (37 SBs)

                                                                                                          Last seven games, 3 (.874 OPS) : Last 14 games, 11 (.725 OPS) : Last 28 games, 7 (.751 OPS)

                                                                                                            Versus Righties, 5 (.757 OPS) : Versus lefties, 8 (.756 OPS)

                                                                                                              Home, 3 (.794 OPS) : Away, 8 (.719 OPS)

                                                                                                                1st Inning Production, 22 (.651 OPS)

                                                                                                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 1 (.840 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 9 (.766 OPS)

                                                                                                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 11 (.748 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                                                                                                      Run Production at Night, 5 (.774 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 9 (.734 OPS)

                                                                                                                        First five innings, 2 (.790 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 10 (.709 OPS)

                                                                                                                          Spoiler: Tonalist’s Owner Robert Evans Talks about the Belmont

                                                                                                                          California Chrome’s game effort to become the first horse since Affirmed to win the Triple Crown collapsed yesterday as the fan favorite finished fourth. Tonalist finished strong and pulled it out in the final strides, edging Commissioner by a head. Medal Count took third place, with California Chrome finishing in a tie for fourth with Wicked Strong.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: What was your impressions of the race and how you saw it unfold?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: We were a little bit nervous about having the outside post, how he would react to the crowd and he was perfect, it didn’t bother him a bit and he broke well, got a good position and he rode him beautifully.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: To have this race success, inevitably you had to be a Triple Crown spoiler, your thoughts on that.
                                                                                                                          EVANS: We loved California Chrome, we hoped he would win the Triple Crown, but we love our horse too.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: Tell us about his last few weeks with the Peter Pan.
                                                                                                                          EVANS: He was sick before the Wood Memorial, we couldn’t run him in it, so we couldn’t run in the Derby so we aimed for the Peter Pan and Christophe Clement did a good job of getting him ready for the Peter Pan and he surprised me, it wasn’t a very nice day, there were thunderstorms, lots of rain and a muddy track and he just galloped and that’s the clue he was a good horse because he was only three?quarters fit so we had four weeks to get ready for this and Christophe had him just right.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: The ride that Joel gave him today, talk about the trip.
                                                                                                                          EVANS: He was in perfect position, he was happy with the 11th post, allowed him to get the horse into stride and do what he wanted to do with him and he did that.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: Can you tell us more of the back story of how you acquired this horse and also getting him to the races?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: Well, Fasig?Tipton is a horse sale in Saratoga every year and I had two horses with Wayne and Cathy Sweezey to sell for me which they were unsuccessful in selling. They also had Tonalist and they were unsuccessful in selling him. And Cathy Sweezey urged me, ten times probably, to look at the horse and dragged me back and I said I didn’t get any money for the other horses, I don’t have any money to spend on him. She said you’ve got to buy this horse. He didn’t sell so they discounted him substantially and I said finally, all right, I’ll buy him. She made me do it.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: He’s very lightly raised, he was late getting to the race as a two year old. Why was he late getting started and talk about his campaign.
                                                                                                                          EVANS: He’s 17 hands, a great big boy, sort of like his grandfather Pleasant Colony. Christophe doesn’t push horses, he takes great care of his horses and I’m patient, I’ve been in the game a long time, and I know you have to be patient, take care of the horse and that’s what we did.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: Just tell us a little bit more about the feeling of being the Belmont Stakes winner. How did it feel?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: I was slightly surprised. And it’s great. I mean, I’ve been in this game a long time. I told somebody this morning that I’ve been in 50 years, I can’t wait another 50 years to win a race.

                                                                                                                          Q. Steven Coburn has said that he feels any horse that enters the Triple Crown either races in all three or none at all if they don’t have the points to get to the Derby they shouldn’t be in the Triple Crown. What’s your retort to that?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: I have no comment on that.

                                                                                                                          Q. Mr. Evans, you mentioned Pleasant Colony, could you talk about your family’s involvement in this Triple Crown series and how satisfying it is to maybe put the period on an incomplete sentence from the past?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: Well, very satisfying actually. Yesterday I went to my father’s grave and thanked him for putting me in the position to be doing this and I came in 1981 to the Belmont, we had high hopes for Pleasant Colony, I’ve been where Steven Coburn’s been and it’s not fun when you don’t win. It was very quiet after he didn’t win. He was a wonderful horse. And it’s very satisfying to be able to make up for that. My brother was a great breeder and owner and did really well in the business and so did my father and I’ve kind of tagged along behind them, but now they’re both gone and I feel I have to fill their shoes, if I can.

                                                                                                                          Q. Yeah, we actually talked yesterday and you talked about how fortunate you have to be to even get a horse in a race like this. So in winning it, did you sort of reflect on all of the horses that you had and your family’s had and how remarkable it is to get one to this point?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: It’s remarkable to even have one in a race like this and then to win it, I think we were 11 to 1 odds. We had one chance in 11 of winning and that means that you probably aren’t going to.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: Do people confuse you for the chairman of Churchill Downs Incorporated?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: In Canada they call me ?? my middle name is Sheldon, most people call me Shel. Here I’m Robert, which is his name. I don’t like the association and just leave it at that.

                                                                                                                          Q. I just wonder what it’s like, how does it feel watching your horse win this? Do you feel like you’re riding him or do you maybe feel like you’re running the mile?and?a?half yourself? What is it like?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: I feel like I don’t want to watch. I didn’t even watch the stretch run very well.

                                                                                                                          Q. Does the fact that Pleasant Colony broodmare sire enter into your willingness to listen to Ms. Sweezey?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: Yes, it did, Pleasant Colony is a very good broodmare sire, underrated broodmare sire, those of you in the business know that a lot of breeders breed 200 mares a year. My father would not breed more than 36 mares a year, thought that was plenty so he didn’t breed nearly as many but his statistics were wonderful.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: Do you have any thoughts on potential changes to the Triple Crown format?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: I actually think it would be better to spread it out a little bit. It’s better for the horses and it would be better to promote it I think, a lot more time to create interest. Racing has a problem in that it doesn’t believe in marketing or selling itself and it should do more of that but the time wouldn’t do any good if racing didn’t promote itself.

                                                                                                                          Q. You said you went to the graveside yesterday, where is that?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: In Connecticut.

                                                                                                                          Q. Any plans at this point for the summer for the horse?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: At this point, no. I mean, we got to look at how he comes out of the race and how he does and give him time to get over it. Of course, we would love to aid for the travelers, you can dream. As Christophe says we made the dream come true so far, we have high dreams for him. He said early on when he knew how good, that he was a really good horse, he wanted him to have a career, he wanted him to have a career.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: If you could just talk about Christophe and the job he’s done training this horse, especially bringing him up to the Belmont.
                                                                                                                          EVANS: He’s obviously a world class trainer. He has a reputation which he resents of being a grass trainer and I think rightly so. I think a good trainer can train horses to do anything. Some horses like to run better on grass than they do dirt. This horse likes to run on dirt. We’re not going to show him grass except to eat it.

                                                                                                                          Q. Where in the run did you know that you were going to win this?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: Right at the end when I saw the photo.

                                                                                                                          Q. Were you here for Belmont 1981 and what do you remember about how deflating that was when Pleasant Colony didn’t win?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: He didn’t have a very good ride in the race, he got too far behind and came running to the stretch and it was clear he wasn’t going to get there and it was very disappointing, it was very quiet in our box, my father, my brother, and myself, we turned around and walked out. That was it.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: It was a heck of a day at Belmont Park today. Can you talk about this record crowd and just the experience of this big bell meant stakes?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: I think it’s fabulous. I was on the NYRA board for 12 years and I think the day today was spectacular, couldn’t be better in any way, I’ve never seen the races like this. Ogden Phipps was three of the best Fillies I’ve ever seen in one race and I think it was just great. So exciting and this is the way racing ought to be.

                                                                                                                          Q. You still have the breeding farm in Virginia and how many horses do you have?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: I have a farm in Maryland.

                                                                                                                          Q. Maryland? How many horses do you have?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: I have a lot of horses, they aren’t all there.

                                                                                                                          QUESTION: Can you elaborate, tell us more details on your operation and where the horses are?
                                                                                                                          EVANS: I’d rather not.