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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Derby Doings

The Twin Spires
Happy Derby Day! The picture above is that of the iconic Twin Spires, appropriately dressed in pink for Oaks Day yesterday. The view was from the Finish Line Suites one of the swanky areas of Churchill Downs where I at least found I could grab a 16 oz. frosty glass of Amstel while watching the Grade 2 Alysheba for 5 beans (not bad).

Speaking of that race, Take Charge Indy showed up 364 days too late for me, winning for the first time since last year's Florida Derby. The Oaks was a shocker but a closer look at the PP's shows Princess of Sylmar with some back form and with the amount of speed in the race it wasn't out of the realm of possibility.  Here's my Oaks recap on the Sports, Ink blog from yesterday.

It's starting to rain pretty hard at Churchill right now (11:35 a.m.) and the possibility of an off track is looking more and more a reality. I did some wet track analysis for TBN on Thursday, check out some of the analysis here.

I went with Revolutionary in the big race, due to post, Calvin, pedigree and looks since my arrival. Unfortunately his odds will be pretty depressed by post time (already down to 5-1 from the 10-1 morning line). My advance for The Buffalo News can be found here. Orb and Itsmyluckyday are also part of the equation and may toss in Palace Malice (Pletcher/Smith karma pretty high) if we have a wet track.

I'll be live blogging at the TBN Sports, Ink site this afternoon, so be sure to stop by and see what's going on here in Louisville.

Here are a couple photos from Oaks Day.

Johnny V is back! TAP ready to congratulate
A happy Toddster after the La Troienne
The break in the Alysheba
Alysheba winner Take Charge Indy
Mike Smith on Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar
Good luck everyone!



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