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Getting Closer…

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 Pioneerof the Nile (and I tip my hat to him for adding a little drama to the proceedings – I presume this will appear in a future episode of ‘Jockeys’ – along with Joe Talamo pledging $25,000 to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans should I Want Revenge win).

A few more horses are quite sensibly leaving the Derby trail; Giant Oak will likely head back to the turf and Big Drama will wait for the Preakness, but some I really don’t rate are sticking with the Derby plan – those would include Mine That Bird and Win Willy. Summer Bird looks more like a Belmont horse to me, but he’s also planning to have a go in Kentucky.

While I did consider adding Advice (whom I definitely prefer of the two Todd Pletcher trainees – at least at this point in the season), in the end, this week’s top ten is a rerun of last week’s edition:

1) I Want Revenge
2) Friesan Fire
3) Chocolate Candy
4) General Quarters
5) Papa Clem
6) Quality Road
7) Pioneerof the Nile
8) Regal Ransom
9) Musket Man
10) Hold Me Back

It’s very hard for me to separate the top six; I have something a mental break in between Quality Road (who would be in the first or second spot without the quarter crack) and Pioneerof the Nile in the seventh position; if I had to pick the winner today, it would be one of those six.

That narrows it down, doesn’t it?

2 comments to Getting Closer…

  • GP

    Here is the latest on QR’s quarter crack from Jerkens via C.Baker the farm manager for QR’s owner Edward P. Evans – Jerkens is “very happy” with the foot as it is “cold and tight.” Evidently you can “see visible growth down from the coronet band.” Can’t ask for much more at this point…

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s a big mistake to leave out Dunkirk. I guarantee you that horse will fill a spot in the Derby superfecta

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