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In Which Devil May Care = Babylon 5

Todd Pletcher's last, best hope

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 he wore in his Wood victory were a hint that something was slightly amiss, he will be missed – but in some ways, his defection makes the potential race more interesting – and certainly more wide-open.  Lookin At Lucky is the obvious successor to take on the favorite mantle, but here are a few more Derby starters on whom I’ll be keeping a particularly close eye:

Noble’s Promise
I liked his finish in the Rebel, and he has had more than his share of poor luck this season; he could be due for a big race.

Sidney’s Candy
While I wish he had a good dirt prep on his resume, he seems more likely to make the transition more easily than many.  But it’s nice to see Joe Talamo have a horse with a real shot, after the I Want Revenge situation last year.

Awesome Act
Another victim of bad luck in the past, we know he likes the mud – and he’s worth watching.

Devil May Care
Now we know she’s definitely in the Derby – and she deserves her spot (which is more than I can say for some of the colts we’ll likely be seeing – whether you agree with Beyer’s entire column or not, I think he’s right on with the notion that the earnings have become some sort of automatic Derby ticket, deserved or otherwise).  And hey, she has namesakes in both a Jamie Cullum CD and a James Bond novel (albeit one by Sebastian Faulks).  John Velazquez gets the mount.

Of course, we already have the field for the Oaks, and Blind Luck is the favorite.  We’ll go more in-depth with the Oaks tomorrow (as well as commenting on the Derby draw), but Amen Hallelujah and Crisp are my other two (rather chalky) picks.
And the Oaks undercard is going to have one very special guest: Rachel Alexandra is running in the La Troienne.  She’s back to her normal (for which read ‘rather spectacular’) work pattern, so hopefully we’ll see her turn the tables on Zardana – although I’m equally fine giving her another race to get back into her true form.

In the meantime, check out Hello Race Fans and The Rail for more, as there is plenty of quality racing-related writing on tap this week – and remember to tune in to Alex Brown’s radio show on Thursday, where I’ll be handing out some dubious Derby and Oaks wagering advice.

I leave you (until tomorrow!) with this thought: can Pletcher get another last-place finisher with Mission Impazible?

2 comments to In Which Devil May Care = Babylon 5

  • I’m glad to see Devil May Care spice up the Derby, but don’t count out one of Pletcher’s other runners — Super Saver.

    Should be a very nice price, has a G2 win (around two turns at 2) over the same strip, gets Calvin Bo-Rail at Churchill, and rain could be in the forecast for Saturday in Louisville. … Repeat of Mine That Bird’s sloppy upset?

    I’m not PICKING him, mind you. Not as my first choice. But I’m not gonna let him blow up my superfecta ticket, either.

  • Chicago Guy

    I’m racking my brain trying to beat Lookin at Lucky. I just can’t see anyone close to him. Talk about Mr.UnLucky.
    13 hole in Breeders; gave up 2-4 lengths in Rebel; ill-advised ride in SA derby. I love Super Savers’ breeding, but who can honestly say Lucky would’ve hung that way? This horse is much like Curlin, heart wise and breeding wise.

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