Friday, March 20, 2009

Let's Start Talking Derby, People!

First, a few Derby preps have run so far so lets recap...

1. The Louisianna Derby - won by Freisan Fire

2. The Rebel Stakes - won by longshot Win Willy over heavily favored Old Fashioned

3. The San Felipe - won by Pioneer of the Nile

4. The Tampa Bay Derby - won by Musket Man

This Saturday will be the $500,000 Lane's End at Turfway Park. Be sure to watch it LIVE on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (Turfway is also running the Rushaway Stakes but I'm unsure if this will be aired on tv.)

A full field of 12 was drawn for the Grade 2 Lane's End yesterday, including A P Cardinal, Bittel Road, Flying Private, Hold Me Back, Jack Spratt, Loch Dubh, Orthodox, Parade Clown, and West Side Bernie. The likely favorites for the 1 1/8-mile race are Bittel Road, a Todd Pletcher-trained colt who most recently was fourth in the Feb. 7 Robert Lewis Memorial at Santa Anita, and West Side Bernie, third in the Jan. 31 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park for trainer Kelly Breen.
Last but not least, don't you think this years Kentucky Derby logo will look pretty on a pair of Derby glasses? Stay tuned for the upcoming Horse Circle Derby Contest where the lucky winner will get a set of Derby glasses as the winning prize!


Kara said...

I think I'll be routing for Orthodox.

I'm so glad it is Derby season.

JoanC said...

I'm in the midst of NCAA brackets, then I have a Master's pool, then I'm ready for the Derby. I did watch the Turfway race.

Melanie said...

I think I'm going to win it all this year.

Chris C. said...

I think there is no way any Smith sister will surpass my point total this year.