Kentucky Derby Picks

2015 Kentucky DerbyAs promised yesterday, I am following today with my 2015 Kentucky Derby picks.  If you are curious about the Oaks, that link will take you to my picks for that race that I posted yesterday.  And yes, we are now less that five days until the Derby will run Saturday evening on May 2nd (first Saturday in May) around 6:45 – the fastest and by far, most exciting two minutes in sports. Continue reading “Kentucky Derby Picks”

Churchill Downs – Closing Saturday

Churchill DownsThose who know me should be aware that the last several years I have headed over to Churchill Downs for the Friday after Thanksgiving.  This year, however, I ended up heading over on the Saturday after Thanksgiving instead.  There was a little bit of delay in deciding to go, actually we (the wife and I) and about decided to not attend at all, and that left us without the ability to get tickets together for our family group when we did decide to go. Continue reading “Churchill Downs – Closing Saturday”

Keeneland lands Breeders’ Cup 2015

Breeders' CupIt was whispered and leaked last week, but was made official by both Keeneland and the Breeder’s Cup racing today, that Keeneland will host the Breeders’ Cup in 2015.  This is the ninth time in their history that the Breeders’ Cup will come to Kentucky, but it only the first that it will not be at Churchill Down down the road in Louisville.  It is considered a homecoming on two fronts – given the number the horses that go own to participate and win at the Breeders Cup that go through sales at Keeneland and that the whole idea for the cup was originally proposed by the owner of Gainesway Farms.

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Triple Crown, Rants, & More

Triple Crown TrophyIf you watched the Belmont Stakes and stuck around the comments after the race you have no doubt seen California Chrome’s partial owner complain about the Triple Crown setup being unfair. If not, you have likely heard about it since that time, as it has been all over the media, especially since he continued rants on Sunday. Followed by some crow and what I guess we take as a sincere apology this morning.  Let me just say, I personally think he should be ashamed and here is my reasoning. Continue reading “Triple Crown, Rants, & More”

Oaks & Derby Picks

ChurchilldownsAs I usually do, here are some suggestions based on what I think could happen in the Oaks this evening and again in the Kentucky Derby tomorrow evening.  No, I am not any sort of handicapping expert, but I generally do okay on picking the ponies.  My one day at Keeneland was a plus of around $350 total, just as an example.  I will start with a hint on the under card for the races today.

In the 10th race, Will Take Charge is a favorite and a horse you do not want to bet against.  I was going to play an exacta bet with him and add the Norman Invasion horse along with Moonshine Mullin, all boxed – though I think you could put Will Take Charge in the  first spot no matter what.  However, Norman was scratched this morning.  While I don’t like it as much, I did just the two remaining horses in the exacta.

In the Oaks, which is the 11th race on the card I think it is a one horse race again.  This one is Untapable’s race to loose really when you get down to it.  Because of that, the odds are going to be horrid again.  I do like Rosalind, Unbridled Forever, & My Miss Sophia to probably round out the top three spots, so I put all 4 in a box trifecta.  If you just want to cash a ticket (for not much) take Untapable for the win.  I did put a $2 win bet on the longshot Aurelia’s Belle, just because.  I had some early money on Untapable by the way, but the odds were short then as well – my opinion of this girl has not changed.

Moving on to the Derby, the grand-daddy of all horse races, I had a few favorites in the early part of the season and I have some money on them.  A few of them, including Wildcat Red, Tapiture and Vicar’s in Trouble drew into the field.  I have some good locked in odds there.  I really don’t think Vicar’s has in him anymore to be a real contender, but I will be happy he does.  I think that in addition you have to add Intense Holiday and Wicked Strong.  Wicked Strong is on the way outside though, so a big question.  I personally have a distaste for California horses and I just don’t think Chrome is going to be there at the end.  That being said, picking a winner is hard is such a talented crowded field.  I put a box trifecta on Wildcat Red, Tapiture, Intesnse Holiday, and Wicked Strong.

Best of luck to all bettors and let me know who and what you have in the comments!

** – Image is from Churchilldowns (I think) and was listed as free to use.

2011 Road to the Roses

Road to the RosesIt is getting to be that time of year when the big races for three-year old thoroughbred horses are going to be getting underway and from those races, the twenty horses at or near the top come the first Saturday in May will be having a little run that we call the Kentucky Derby. I am starting to do my scout work to see how I can come out. You may recall that two years back I was spot on with both the Oaks and Derby. Last year, I admit I missed the Derby, by a good margin, but I hit a big payout on the to make up for in the Belmont. Not only I am starting to look forward to the big races that will set the field, but one my favorite little fun competition game sites is up and running too. That site is the Road to the Roses, this being the 2011 version of it.

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Secretariat

SecretariatIt has been a couple of weeks ago now, but the wife and myself went to see the movie not to long ago. It was something both of were looking forward too and I especially so as it was going to be my wife’s first exposure to the Kentucky Theater in downtown Lexington. It was kind of special also in that is where the movie Secretariat made its world-wide debut. In regards to the experience, including the movie I will give it over all thumbs up. When it comes to the movie specifically I am still debating in some regards with myself. I am sure that deserves and even requires some explanation.

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Six Movies Have to See

Movie SixThere are six movies that have recently come out that I think should be on just about anyone’s list of have to see movies (it started as eight – but that is why I am making a list). I had been keeping a running list in my head of what they are, but have in the process let one of the titles slip out of my head. I have also managed to let two of these movies completely finish their run without having caught them at the theater, though I personally do not think they are the kind of movie that will suffer much from being seen on the less expensive small screen in the living room. Anyway, that all being considered, I thought I should make a few quick notes of the titles. I thought it would give me a perfect opportunity to speculate and comment as to why I think they are such need to see films.

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Summer Bird

Summer Bird Wins BelmontI hope that someone listened to me over the last week. I watched with anticipation to see if Rachel Alexander was going to be entered into the Belmont and was a little surprised when over the weekend before Jackson said NO to her running, without even waiting to Monday as had been indicated. That was a bit of a bummer, but even before that I had started telling folks that the fresh legs of a breed for distance horse in the Belmont might be the one to watch for versus either Rachel or Mine that Bird. When I looked over the early possible field I really liked Summer Bird, a half-brother to Mine that Bird and had put $5.00 wager on him to win in a bet pool that was before the field was even set and locked the odds on that win at 25:1.

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