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 [...]
#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds
1 Mastercraftsman (IRE), Aiden P. O’Brien, J. Murtagh, 6/5Class of the field, no question (pictured).
2 Furthest Land, Michael J. Maker, J. Leparoux, 20-1Won Kentucky Cup Classic last time, but he’s not beaten much.
3 Midshipman, Saeed Bin Suroor, G. Gomez, 6-1Only blemish is a second in last year’s Norfolk Stakes; second [...]
You’ll want to go over these today – I’ll be doing that on a train shortly, with more to come later. In the meantime, here are a few quick thoughts –
Zenyatta’s first preference is the Classic – huzzah!
Dar Re Mi is down for the Turf, with the F&M Turf as her second choice; also [...]
Yes, it’s another Friday with too much going on – time for some quick hits!
Things New Yorkish/CanadianIs Dublin a lock in the Champagne? Recall that Vineyard Haven and Munnings were 1-2 last year – is it becoming a prep for future sprinting success?
Should we be paying more attention to the Canadian 2-year-olds?
Things CalifornianWill Spring [...]
Yesterday we took a look at the Belmont undercard, so today, it’s time for the main event.
1 / Chocolate Candy / G. Gomez / J. Hollendorfer / 10-1I’ve been excited about Chocolate Candy for a while, and [...]
I’m now going for Friesan Fire/Papa Clem/Chocolate Candy/General Quarters in my boxed superfecta (although I am not loving the prices on FF/GQ). If Pioneerof the Nile stays at good odds, he’ll get a little support too.
If it stays wet, I’ll also put something on Dunkirk. Hmm…
Quite a surprising start to Derby morning so [...]
It’s official – I’ve (almost) made some decisions. Without further ado, here is your official Superfecta Kentucky Derby handicapping exercise for 2009 – as ever, with the note that my recent successes with Smarty Jones and Barbaro are tempered by the fact that my last correctly-predicted winner was Winning Colors in 1988. You [...]
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 [...]