He might have an intense dislike of New York, or New Yorkers.
He might go to the track Saturday and think to himself, "All things considered, I'd rather be in Central Park, pulling a carriage."
Or I'll Have Another might look around and wonder, "Where the heck is Bodemeister?"
(Where is Bodemeister? This highlights another problem with the sport: Like Affirmed and Alydar in '78, I'll Have Another and Bodemeister waged two compelling duels at the Derby and Preakness, finishing 1-2. So how is it that Bodemeister skips the Belmont? What, he had a previous engagement?)
As it is, Bodemeister will be sitting with the rest of us, hoping I'll Have Another makes history shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC.
(By the way, I'm just grateful NBC doesn't cover the Triple Crown the way it covers the Olympics; otherwise, we'd have to wait until almost midnight to see these races.)
But don't get your hopes up. If this horse could talk, he'd tell you he's going to lose.
Ask The Slouch
Q. Why don't you announce the National Spelling Bee? I suspect you can spell better than you can play poker. (Jay Goldberg; Chicago)
A. I am not a poker dumbell - my card skillz should be better recieved.
Q. When watching golf on television, do you have to be quiet when the golfer is putting? (Ron Julkowski; McMurray, Pa.)
A. Actually, I'm usually asleep by that point.
Q. What does Toni - a.k.a. She Is The One - think about you authorizing Shirley to pay over $300 a year to louts who comment on your ex-wives? (Michael Sarro; Shaker Heights, Ohio)
A. Although I like to think she runs to the bank every week with the remainder of my column paycheck, I suspect she takes it to Whole Foods.
Q. LeBron James has lost the NBA championship in four and six games. If he subsequently loses the Finals again in five and seven games, will that be the NBA equivalent of "hitting for the cycle"? (D. Scott Cunningham; Cleveland)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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