It may be Kentucky Oaks Eve, but I seem to be spending most of my time looking at the weather for Saturday. If the predicted deluge does indeed materialize around post time, I’m leaning toward a Friesan Fire/General Quarters/Dunkirk trifecta (even though I’m not otherwise on the Dunkirk bandwagon). However, I could also [...]
So, we’ve got the Derby post positions set; I’m not entirely sure why we needed a full field of twenty this year. Yes, we’re seeing a depth of talent we have not for some time, but I was rather hoping that might keep some of the Derby Fever crowd away. You can make [...]
There’s been another wholly sensible Derby defection; following in the slightly-bloody hoofprints of Quality Road, Square Eddie is also bowing out of the Derby field. It’s rather refreshing to see that two very talented horses are being handled with such caution – both should be back later in the season once they have fully [...]
Yes, we’ve heard by now that Quality Road is out of the Derby (but at least they’re doing right by the horse so we can see him later in the season) and we’ll have more Derby field discussion tomorrow, but let’s not overlook the undercards for both the Derby and Oaks – it’s going to [...]
While the Derby Trial has become something of a Preakness prep, there is still some interesting older horse action this weekend to while away the time until May. The Elkhorn Stakes features Champs Elysees (pictured – and who is still in training as a result of the global downturn – so it’s not all [...]
As we wait out the final pre-Derby weekend, I decided it was high time to explain just what I like – and dislike – about my top ten Derby picks.
I Want Revenge
Pros: His thoroughly impressive Wood Memorial victory alone would put him at the top of the list, but add in some interesting Argentine breeding [...]
Whether Advice’s rather nice win in the Coolmore Lexington will have any Derby reverberations remains to be seen (although I think we can all agree Square Eddie was predictably short on fitness), but there has been plenty of other action on that front. Perhaps most notable is that Garrett Gomez officially committed to ride [...]
Theoretically the Coolmore Lexington is still a Derby prep (rather like the Derby Trial used to be in bygone days), but I find it hard to see that anyone will move forward from this year’s installment with a legitimate chance in the Derby. Yes, Square Eddie (pictured) has the earnings, a nice pedigree and [...]
The Courier-Journal notes that all sixteen ‘prominent’ horses should make the Derby field this time around; it’s a bit ironic that in a year which seems to have a much stronger group of three-year-olds than we have likely seen for some time, we may not hit the maximum field of twenty.
It’s become something of [...]
The best story to come out of last weekend’s Derby preps is certainly that of General Quarters; the Blue Grass victor’s tale has all the elements of a perfect script: former claimer, slow to mature, and single-horse owner-trainer (although, as the Blood-Horse pointed out, he’s had a little help here and there, which is no [...]