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(Early) Weekend Preview

Why, you may ask, is my weekend preview arriving so early? Easy: logistics. The Family Superfecta is off to Seattle tomorrow (and before you ask – no, I didn’t notice ACRL’s conference was there the same weekend when I booked the tickets, and yes, I know it means every woman in the city will look just like me and be hitting the same bibliophile shops, restaurants and bars). But never mind that – there’s a lot of potential movement in the 3-year-old picture this weekend.

Louisiana Derby
This may be the most interesting Derby prep this weekend (which, given the competition, is saying something). I’ve been leaning more and more toward favoring Friesan Fire (pictured) as far as the two Larry Jones horses go – I love the Antipodean half of his pedigree. Papa Clem is also one I’m hoping to see do well, and buzz horse Patena (allegedly IEAH’s only hope for the Derby) finally runs in a big race. I’m not on board either the Giant Oak or Flying Pegasus bandwagons, but am happy for them to demonstrate why I should be.

San Felipe
Pioneerof the Nile seems to be scaring off the competition – his previous runner-up, I Want Revenge, seems to have helped solidify his status as the one to try to duck (at least in March). Chocolate Candy was possible for the race, but he will likely try his luck elsewhere. While this looks a lot like a walkover for Pioneerof the Nile, one wonders if Bob Baffert was hoping to give the colt a little more of a challenge before he has to face something approaching a field of 20.

Rebel Stakes
The other heavy hitter, Old Fashioned, will be favored here (although that’s something of an understatement); if he has much trouble with Silver City (who also has a win over the Oaklawn track) that could give him some needed experience, but it would definitely take him down a few notches on my list.

Tampa Bay Derby
This year’s installment doesn’t have a huge headliner like Street Sense going into it, but I expect Hello Broadway to step up and take the next step forward. The half-brother to Nobiz Like Shobiz seems to be working well, but as Joe Drape points out, this is his last shot to really impress.

So, enjoy a great weekend of racing – I’ll be keeping track of things via iPhone, hopefully while enjoying some of the output of Walking Man, Elliott Bay or one of the many other Pacific Northwest breweries that doesn’t bottle (and hopefully snagging some Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale while on the left coast).

See you again on Tuesday!

2 comments to (Early) Weekend Preview

  • Anonymous

    The weed out there is great, buy that too!

  • Andrew

    Wow wow, what a day of (some) surprises. I was not impressed at all with Old Fashioned. I am sorry but that was not a future Kentucky Derby winner running in Arkansas today. Pioneer of the Nile was impressive but I still want to see more and Friesan Fire really perked up my ears. Papa Clem ran a good race but he is not in the same league as Friesan Fire. I think Hello Broadway is done with the Derby chase barring a miracle.

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