It’s that time of year again! As ever, I don’t think there is a requirement for there to be twenty horses again this year, but twenty there are, so let’s have a look (and make sure to follow @superfecta on Twitter for more):
Daddy Long Legs
He has the distance foundation and he’s probably [...]
High point: Goldikova's hat-trick
As we’ve already covered the Friday races, we’ll just reiterate these two points:
Do not cross Calvin Borel. Do feel free to pitch a reality TV show in which he becomes a boxer or MMA star – it may be wrong, but it would be a guilty pleasure. #jockeyfight
Life At Ten: luckily, [...]
Hasili VIII: A New Hope?
D. Wayne Lukas may not be sending Dublin to the Belmont, but he’ll be busy nonetheless; he’s just become the trainer for Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. The move had been rumored for a few weeks, but it was confirmed this week with the horse setting out from New [...]
Calvin may run out of fingers on which to count Derby wins
Another Kentucky Derby is in the books, and for the third time in four years, Calvin Borel’s name appears in the record. Todd Pletcher finally got his long-elusive Derby win, as did WinStar Farms. Super Saver became the second son of Maria’s Mon [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
#, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML odds
1 Mine That Bird, Chip Woolley, C. Borel, 12-1Perhaps unfairly overlooked; he does have the rail and Bo-Rail.
2 Colonel John, Eoin Harty, G. Gomez, 12-1Solid runner is flying a bit under the radar.
3 Summer Bird, Tim Ice, K. Desormeaux, 9/2Gets better and better each time out – can’t wait to [...]
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 [...]
While we are focused on the Breeders’ Cup, across the pond they are already thinking about next year’s 2000 Guineas and the Derby, thanks to St. Nicholas Abbey’s impressive victory in the Racing Post Trophy over the weekend. The 2-year-old Montjeu colt is 3-for-3 so far – if nothing else, he’s already accomplished considerably [...]
Although we had the rare luxury last weekend of enjoying racing on normal-ish television for two days in a row, we’re now in that odd pre-Breeders’ Cup holding pattern, where we wait on the who’s-going-where decisions.
One that’s already been made is that Sea the Stars will not be coming to the Breeders’ Cup, but will, [...]