Just add water (and possibly hail)
While I was certainly not alone in failing to pick the Derby winner on purpose last year, we did win the pool at the Derby party we attended, but it was entirely accidental – when we got down to the last few options, Mine That Bird stuck out only [...]
Happy Kentucky Oaks Day! We’ll be following what is likely to be the last day of good weather at Churchill Downs via Twitter, but why not preview the Derby undercard in between races?
Eight Belles Stakes – 1.19 pm
Buckleupbuttercup / J R Leparoux / 118 / E Kenneally
Hot Dixie Chick / R Albarado / 122 / [...]
Will Rachel Alexandra be the star of Oaks day again?
We’re only one day away from the Kentucky Oaks – and from Rachel Alexandra returning once more to the scene of her former triumph. One hopes that what little mainstream-ish television coverage there is will replay her historic victory in last year’s Oaks, but [...]
Look, only 13!
The revolving door continues – Endorsement is officially out of the Derby with an ankle fracture he picked up in his work this morning. There had been considerable online chatter that things were not entirely ‘right’ with the horse earlier in the week; it seems those rumors were true. If nothing else, [...]
Todd Pletcher's last, best hope
After the frenzied game of musical chairs over the weekend, we now have a reasonably good sense of who is actually going in the Derby – and it’s certainly not Eskendereya or Rule (who, quite sensibly, now seems pointed for the Preakness). While it’s not clear whether the front wraps [...]
We finally have a better sense of the Derby field as the contenders begin to move into Churchill Downs in earnest; Lookin At Lucky seemed to enjoy the track, working a bullet this morning. Trainer Bob Baffert has buried the hatchet with jockey Garrett Gomez (you will recall he was not thrilled with [...]
Can Uptowncharlybrown pull it off?
Back in the day, the Derby Trial used to be a legitimate Kentucky Derby prep (and we’ll mention that more next week); nowadays, the two-week turnaround from the Coolmore Lexington to the Derby seems a nearly insurmountable challenge. But graded earnings can be hard to obtain, and it’s the [...]
The only predictable result all weekend
Given the frankly puzzling results of the previous weekend’s Derby preps, it is much more pleasant to focus on Zenyatta’s latest victory in the Apple Blossom. Once again, the great mare turned in an effortless performance; the fact that it was her first effort on dirt since she [...]
Mmm, cake and beer
A long post was planned to preview this weekend, but your intrepid author has a smashed and largely useless left hand, so typing is not on the agenda for the next few days. Instead, here are a few quick lines:
Blue Grass – C’mon, Odysseus! Check out Hello Race Fans and sign [...]
All aboard? (photo by Barbara D. Livingston)
While Eskendereya’s bandwagon continued to gather passengers with his Wood Memorial victory, Lookin At Lucky hit something of a bump in the road in the Santa Anita Derby – but what both races ‘mean’ is still very much up in the air.
First, we’ll examine the Santa Anita [...]