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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Smarty Jones' Horseshoe Wasn't Lucky Last Night

Perhaps that's why Frank Sinatra sang "Lucky be a Lady Tonight," as it sounds better than "Luck be a Star Horse's Horseshoe Tonight." Billy King, the Philadelphia 76ers' General Manager, took a horsehoe once worn the Belmont and Triple Crown favorite to the NBA Lottery selections last night. The 76ers had a 10% chance of getting the first pick, could sink no lower than 11th, and the odds were that they would end up with the 9th pick. So what happened? They ended up with the 9th pick.

Moral of the story: The lucky horseshoe is probably only lucky when worn by an outstanding thoroughbred.

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