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January = Early Derby Picks

Well, it’s January and that means that it’s time for insanely early predictions about who will line up on Derby Day. War Pass is the early favorite on the just-launched official Derby site.

While his Juvenile victory was impressive (and he gained my respect by coming over to show off for the crowd), I’m not convinced he wants that distance – but we’ll see how things shape up. Giant Moon (right) is picking up some column inches for his recent Count Fleet victory; so far he remains undefeated in four starts.

The ‘other’ Nick Zito trainee Anak Nakal (something akin to ‘naughty child’ in Arabic, or ‘brat’ in Indonesian in case you were wondering) interests me; I really like the female half of his pedigree and he’s got some seasoning.

Bill Mott’s Court Vision is one to watch, as is Pyro — but I’m not sure we’ve seen our winner just yet.

But fear not — you can now keep up with all Derby news via Facebook (thanks to Handride for the tip) – that should add another few hours to my weekly total spent there.

In other news, we should know something later this month about Curlin as there’s a foreclosure hearing scheduled for the 22nd; I actually think this is a positive step forward that should help resolve matters and, hopefully, see him back in real training shortly.

Of course, there was this worrying passage in the article:

An attorney for Jess Jackson, the founder of Kendall-Jackson Winery and owner of Stonestreet Stables, and his wife, Barbara Banke, who own 80 percent of Curlin, said in court documents that until the issue is resolved, it is impossible to sell the horse or the breeding rights.

“Some of the best and most viable purchasers will not consider such a transaction while this problem exists,” attorney Richard Getty wrote, declining to name the potential buyers or price.

Make of that what you will.

At least the results from New Hampshire will give everyone something to follow in the meantime…

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