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 [...]
Last night, they handed out a few awards for horse racing – you may have heard a bit about it.
2-year-old male: Lookin at LuckyAs per usual with the juvenile awards, there was no surprise here. His three G1 wins sealed the deal, and he looks to improve this year. We’ll soon find out if [...]
The collective connections of the fillies in the Alabama are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief at the absence of Rachel Alexandra. Without her long shadow looming over them, we get the chance to note that they are a nice group – they may not be as freakishly talented, but they have, for [...]
Yesterday, I suggested we wait and see where Mine That Bird will fit in Kentucky Derby history; today, however, it’s time to recap the weekend’s racing and in that context, his Derby victory is still something to puzzle over.
It goes without saying that there was no greater spectacle in racing than Rachel Alexandra’s utterly dominant [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]