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Those Other Derby Preps

The Blue Grass may have the glamorous names, but the Holy Bull and the Arkansas Derby have some wannabes as well. This year’s Arkansas Derby doesn’t have the star power of a Curlin or a Smarty Jones, but it does have some entrants going after graded earnings. Gayego (who has never run over conventional dirt) and Z Fortune (the ‘other’ Asmussen horse, pictured) are the closest thing to stars in this year’s installment, but they clearly aren’t scaring anyone off – it’s a 14 horse field. King’s Silver Son seems to be the wiseguy horse this year, but I’m finding it difficult to get terribly excited about the race.

The Holy Bull only has a seven horse field, with Hey Byrn and Web Gem as the ones to beat, but it’s not a particularly inspiring bunch either. I will likely content myself with TVG’s all Blue Grass, all the time coverage this weekend (along with catching up with Kip Deville in the Maker’s Mark — my favorite turfer Einstein is only one of his formidable foes — Cosmonaut and Shakis are here as well).

Of course, I’d much rather be watching The First Saturday in May — if all goes well, I’ll finally manage to see it next week (it opens April 18th). You can check in with Railbird, Brooklyn Backstretch, Green But Game and, of course, the Hennegan Brothers themselves to see how the NY premiere went. Here’s hoping for a big distribution deal!

Kentucky Derby winning odds

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