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2010 Triple Crown Archive

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The links listed below make up the full archive of headlines that have been listed here on equidaily.com pertaining to the 2010 Kentucky Derby/Preakness/Belmont

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They are listed in chronological order by day/date as they appeared in their various publications with the latest being at the top of the list.


BELMONT

2010 Belmont Stakes post positions and morning line odds
Post... Horse... Jock... Trainer... ML
1 Dave in Dixie Calvin Borel John Sadler 20-1
2 Spangled Star Garrett Gomez Rick Dutrow 30-1
3 Uptowncharlybrown Rajiv Maragh Kiaran McLaughlin 10-1
4 Make Music for Me Joel Rosario Alexis Barba 10-1
5 Fly Down John Velazquez Nick Zito 9-2
6 Ice Box Jose Lezcano Nick Zito 3-1
Post... Horse... Jock... Trainer... ML
7 Drosselmeyer Mike Smith Bill Mott 12-1
8 Game On Dude Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 10-1
9 Stately Victor Alan Garcia Mike Maker 15-1
10 Stay Put Jamie Theriot Steve Margolis 20-1
11 First Dude Ramon Dominguez Dale Romans 7-2
12 Interactif Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 12-1

>>> Official Belmont Stakes website
>>> Triple Crown winners
>>> Triple Crown near-misses -- winners of two legs
>>> Past Belmont Stakes winners, charts and videos [where available]

>>> Belmont Stakes Day: Post times and wagering menu
>>> Belmont area weather forecast

>>> DRF Belmont coverage
>>> Bloodhorse Triple Crown coverage
>>> TTimes Triple Crown coverage

>>> Past Belmont Stakes winners, charts and videos [where available]

>>> Crowd of 45,243 wagers $8,229,318 on-track... All-sources handle totals $74,613,144

>>> VIDEO REPLAY: G1 $1mil 2010 Belmont Stakes
>>> Chart: Belmont Stakes

Final time of 2010 Belmont: 2:31.57 ... Here is a chart of previous Belmont Stakes winners and their final times

>>> Belmont Stakes: Post-race quotes
>>> Transcript: Post-Belmont press conference with winning connections

Photo galleries/Belmont Stakes Day:
>>> NYRA
>>> Tod Marks
>>> Washington Post
>>> Bloodhorse
>>> NY Times
>>> Louisville Courier-Journal


Belmont/Triple Crown reflections.. and looking ahead

>>> Pricci: Triple Crown - looking back, looking forward -- and rating the 3YOs at this point
>>> Drape: "This wasn't exactly the most scintillating Triple Crown season."
>>> Rees: Final thoughts on the 2010 Triple Crown...
>>> Bossert: "This year's Triple Crown season... one of the most forgettable in recent memory."
>>> Crist: Bizarro World Belmont Day
>>> DeRosa: Some quick hit thoughts on this year's Belmont and Triple Crown season in general
>>> Jerardi: "The [Belmont] result simply confirmed what has been clear most of the spring: This is a less-than-mediocre group of three-year-olds."
>>> VIDEO: Zito says Ice Box scoped clean -- but displaced his palate during the Belmont Stakes
>>> Giauque: "To the casual racing fan, the Triple Crown is over. However, this is just the televised version of horse racing. The Triple Crown is only a part of something much bigger."
>>> AP: Racing's glamour division is lookin for a leader
>>> VIDEO: Mott's Sunday moring post-race comments... Travers is a goal
>>> WinStar's two classic winners [Super Saver, Drosselmeyer] will "probably come together in the Travers."
>>> Belmont TV ratings slide
>>> People, not horses, were at center of 2010 Triple Crown
>>> Kerrison: Uptowncharlybrown's 5th-place finish means betting fiasco averted by eventual DQ


ESPN/ABC's Belmont Stakes coverage:

>>> USA Today: "ABC's Belmont Stakes' coverage Saturday had too many long shots. You shouldn't need binoculars to watch TV."
>>> Zast: "ESPN and ABC-TV gave bupkis to [NBC] to worry about as far as stealing the business away."
>>> "ABC/ESPN was stuck without a compelling storyline... Filling two hours with pre-race features is no easy task."
>>> Blog: "Providing a race review for this year's Belmont was beyond challenging, namely due to the horrible camera angle choices by the director for ABC."


Sun 6/6:

>>> Mott's Big Apple Victory!... Drosselmeyer's upset in Saturday's G1 Belmont Stakes gives Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first Triple Crown win
>>> Mott, "People don't know this but this is the second Belmont winner I've saddled."
>>> WinStar's Elliott Walden, "Today was just a redeeming race."
>>> Zito disappointed in Ice Box - but trainer finished in the money in all three Triple Crown events, with different horses
>>> Mike Smith captures his first Belmont Stakes, "At last. This is terrific."
>>> Fluke DQ: Uptowncharlybrown DQ'd from 5th to last for losing weight pad during the race

>>> Beech [Sports Illustrated]: Five things we learned at the Belmont Stakes
>>> West: Triple Crown 3-way split means "the next few months could be outstanding for the sport."
>>> NY Times' live blog transcript: Commenting on ABC's coverage... 7:18, "ABC's camera work of Drosselmeyer's upset win was a mess," and 5:55, "Analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey are a pleasure to listen to... But then came Kenny Mayne. His attempts at humor usually fall wide of the mark, which is evident to nearly everyone I know except his employers at ESPN."
>>> Moran: "The only thing that took longer [than the running of the race] here Saturday was the singing of 'Empire State of Mind,' the new and hopefully short-lived Belmont Stakes anthem."
>>> Clearly it ain't no My Old Kentucky Home... ABC cuts to commercial during the singing of the Belmont Stakes new theme song
>>> Layden: Absence of Triple Crown threat bad for Belmont, but not racing

They called it
Handicappers, pundits and columnists that Equidaily linked to who either put 13-1 Drosselmeyer on top -- or at least had the 1-2 finishers in their mix for an exacta box possiblity.
Leading the list is Paul Daley of the Lowell Sun. Paul called the winner as well as handing out winning exacta [$144.50/$2] and tri [$766.00/$2] plays.

>>> Daley [Lowell Sun]: Drosselmeyer, First Dude, Fly Down... Put $20 to win and place on Drosselmeyer ... Put $1 exacta and trifecta boxes on those three

And the other successful Belmont Stakes prognosticators
>>> Hondo [NY Post]: Drosselmeyer, Fly Down, Uptowncharlybrown
>>> Powell [Brisnet]: "I'll play Fly Down to win and then box him in the gimmicks with... Make Music for Me (Bernstein), Drosselmeyer and Game on Dude (Awesome Again)."
>>> Telias [Sporting News]: Fly Down, Drosselmeyer, Stay Put
>>> Veitch [The Saratogian]: Keep an eye on Drosselmeyer
>>> Roedemeier [WHAS]: I'm going to pick Drosselmeyer. And if you're looking for the exotics, Make Music for Me would be my second choice, and Fly Down third
>>> Ed Meyer [River Downs]: Fly Down, Drosselmeyer, Ice Box
>>> Tallon [DRF]: First Dude, Fly Down, Ice Box, Drosselmeyer
>>> Eng [Las Vegas Review-Journal]: Ice Box, Uptowncharlybrown, Fly Down, Drosselmeyer
>>> Cronley [ESPN.com]: 1. Fly Down 2. Make Music for Me 3. First Dude 4. Drosselmeyer
>>> Jarboe [Times-Union]: 1. Fly Down, 2. Ice Box, 3. Drosselmeyer, 4. Uptowncharlybrown
>>> Hovdey [DRF]: Fly Down, Make Music For Me, Uptowncharlybrown, Drosselmeyer
>>> Goetz [NY Times]: Fly Down, Game On Dude, Drosselmeyer
>>> West [Star Telegram]: "From here, First Dude and Fly Down appear to be the two most likely winners today. Game On Dude, who should get a perfect stalking trip is an appealing long shot, as are Drosselmeyer and Stately Victor."
>>> Pedulla [USA Today], Pincay III [HRTV]... Winner on top
>>> Pricci: "Also, making a saver wager on the strong working price shot, Drosselmeyer, at 12-1 or greater."
>>> Christine: Winner op top... Chapel, Isaacs, Kristufek, McNamara exacta box

Sat 6/5:

>>> Wesch: A few reasons to watch the Belmont
>>> Rees: A case for - and against - each Belmont horse
>>> Kerrison: Baffert's Game could ambush Pletcher's and Zito's entries
>>> Romans calls First Dude quarter crack old and "non-issue"
>>> Trainer Nick Zito center of attention
>>> Drosselmeyer poised for strong stretch run
>>> NY Times: New Yorkers and horseplayers. It's our race this year.
>>> Under the radar: Dave in Dixie

Selections:

>>> Merrow [Equidaily.com]: Fly Down, Make Music For Me, Ice Box, First Dude
>>> Kling [Troy Record]: 1) First Dude, 2) Ice Box, 3) Uptowncharlybrown, 4) Fly Down
>>> Fortus [Times-Picayune]: 1. Fly Down. 2. Ice Box. 3. Stay Put. 4. First Dude
>>> Pricci [Horseraceinsider.com]: 1. Ice Box. 2. First Dude. 3. Fly Down. 4. Game On Dude
>>> Albany [NY] Times-Union staff
>>> Nadeau [Brooklyn Backstretch]: First Dude, Game On Dude, Stay Put, Ice Box
>>> Byk [Sirius satellite]: Ice Box, Make Music for Me, First Dude, Stately Victor
>>> Philadelphia Daily News staff
>>> Brownell [Post-Star]: First Dude, Interactif, Fly Down, Ice Box
>>> NY Times staff
>>> Telias [Sporting News]: Fly Down, Drosselmeyer, Stay Put
>>> Kristufek [Daily Herald]: "I think Nick Zito will win the Belmont, just not with Ice Box..."
>>> Neumeier [NBC]: 1. Fly Down 2. Stately Victor 3. Stay Put 4. Ice Box
>>> Horvath [Patriot News]: Let's make a heavy exacta with First Dude over Ice Box and lighter exacta plays with bombers Dave in Dixie and Interactif
>>> Moss [DRF]: Ice Box as my "A" horse on most tickets, with Fly Down as the "A" on some backups, with First Dude, Stately Victor and Uptowncharlybrown underneath
>>> West [Star Telegram]: From here, First Dude and Fly Down appear to be the two most likely winners
>>> Nahill [North County Times]: Ice Box, Make Music for Me, Stately Victor, Fly Down, Long shot: Game On Dude
>>> Arnold [NTRA.com]: I will not be surprised if Ice Box wins this handily
>>> Starr [NTRA.com]: Make Music for Me, Ice Box, Fly Down
>>> Menez [Sports Illustrated]: Fly Down, Ice Box, First Dude, Stay Put
>>> Eng [Las Vegas Review-Journal]: Ice Box, Uptowncharlybrown, Fly Down, Drosselmeyer
>>> Drape [NY Times]: Game On Dude, Fly Down, Make Music For Me, First Dude
>>> Finley [ESPN.com]: Two $50 exactas, Ice Box over Fly Down and Ice Box over Game On Dude
>>> Asher [Churchill Downs]: First Dude, Fly Down, Ice Box, Stay Put
>>> NY Post staff
>>> Watson [Colonial Downs]: Ice Box, Fly Down, Game On Dude
>>> Shandler [Bloodhorse]: I will probably put some win money on Ice Box and play an Ice Box/Stately Victor exacta box, but here is how I will structure my $1 superfecta...
>>> Plonk [ESPN.com]: Interactif, Ice Box, Stately Victor, Fly Down
>>> Pricci [Horseraceinsider]: 1. Ice Box 2. First Dude 3. Fly Down 4. Game On Dude
>>> White [HRTV]: Fly Down, Ice Box, First Dude, Interactif
>>> TTimes poll: Ice Box, Fly Down, First Dude, Make Music for Me
>>> Roedemeier [WHAS]: I'm going to pick Drosselmeyer. And if you're looking for the exotics, Make Music for Me would be my second choice, and Fly Down third
>>> Powell [Brisnet]: "I'll play Fly Down to win and then box him in the gimmicks with..."
>>> Crist [DRF]: Ice Box still offers value at 3-1... And, "If required to bet a longshot, I might roll the dice with Stately Victor."
>>> Ed Meyer [River Downs]: Fly Down, Drosselmeyer, Ice Box
>>> Cronley [ESPN.com]: 1. Fly Down 2. Make Music for Me 3. First Dude 4. Drosselmeyer

Fri 6/4:

>>> White: All-time top ten Belmont Stakes performances
>>> Sinatra can no longer "make it there"... New York, New York out as Belmont Stakes theme song
>>> Trackmaster blog: Will the Haskell become the 'new' Belmont Stakes?
>>> Say wha--?!? Time to hit the reset button on this article???... Texas scribe deems Belmont Stakes a "display window for the mediocre," and uses the example of Summer Bird - "...won at 11-1 odds. He has not been the same since."... "Not been the same since"??? He won the G1 Travers, G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup - and was named champion 3YO!!!
>>> Seven hours of Belmont day TV coverage planned
>>> Eng: "The way the Belmont Stakes is being portrayed is a good example of why horse racing can be its own worst enemy. Each Triple Crown race is a big event, regardless of who shows up."
>>> Transcript: Belmont Stakes online chat with NYRA's Andy Serling... "The race is extremely top heavy, with three very good horses in Ice Box, First Dude, and Fly Down, and it presents a substantial mountain for the other horses."
>>> VIDEO: NYRA's Donovan and Serling look at the Belmont Stakes
>>> VIDEO: Zito sticking with Ice Box's style
>>> Kerrison: The Belmont always is a tricky betting adventure. No one can be sure how a horse will get a mile and a half for the first time
>>> Fountaine: Pedigree - here are five runners that figure to go the distance
>>> Tour of the track beneficial... "It is a track that you need to train, and gallop, and breeze over."
>>> Patience wins this race. If a rider moves too soon, he's cooked; if they wait to long, it's too late
>>> Rosenblatt: The Belmont Stakes can be cruel to jockeys
>>> Wilson: "While [the Belmont is] lacking star power... it is a good betting race that offers some value..."
>>> AP: First Dude looks to set the pace
>>> Lezcano has special finishing touch
>>> Ramon Dominguez dominating NY -- but still seeking a Belmont Stakes win
>>> Dave in Dixie a wildcard
>>> Game On Dude another good horse for 'lucky guy'

Thurs 6/3:

>>> Transcript: Thurs press conference with Zito, Romans, and Mclaughlin
>>> Haskin's Belmont Doings: Jockey familiarity with Belmont Park is a plus
>>> Pricci: Belmont winner "needs style and a pedigree that wonít quit. A patient race rider completes the trifecta."
>>> Garrett Gomez: "People talk about the Belmont Stakes being a rider's race, and that's true for a lot of reasons."
>>> Grening: Velazquez looks to end Triple Crown on high
>>> Kerrison: "When Pletcher makes a move like this, everyone else is looking over their shoulder."
>>> AP: It's been a crazy Triple Crown for Interactif
>>> Haskin: Can anyone catch the Dude?
>>> Moran: Belmont storylines
>>> Spangled Star owner, "This is the greatest race on earth."
>>> Trainer shows confidence in Stay Put
>>> First Dude's handlers have positive outlook
>>> Fountaine: You're a good story, Uptowncharlybrown
>>> Tenderfoot Drosselmeyer is Belmont bound
>>> Stay Put, First Dude and Stately Victor give Belmont some Louisville flavor
>>> Stately Victor's local connection

Wed 6/2:

>>> Belmont Stakes post position draw quotes
>>> Kerrison: Gal trainer eyes hers-toric win at Belmont Stakes
>>> Barba brings 'Music' to New York
>>> Old-school breeding for Ice Box
>>> Owner looking forward to Fly Down's chances
>>> McLaughlin likes his new horse Uptowncharlybrown
>>> Photo Gallery: 2010 Belmont Stakes Media Luncheon at MSG
>>> Photo gallery: Post position draw
>>> Empire State Bldg will shine green and white to celebrate the Belmont Stakes
>>> Belmont jockeys to visit Ronald McDonald House

Tues 6/1:

>>> Kerrison: Thoro-graph maven, "I think late-developing 3-year-olds are going to take control of the division as the year goes on."... Likes Uptowncharlybrown in the Belmont
>>> Uptowncharlybrown - Owner looks for triumph after tragedy

Mon 5/31:

>>> Haskin's Belmont doings: Who are the horses likely to be unfazed by the 12 furlongs?
>>> Zast: Triple Crown more than the sum of its parts -- but hey, the paarts are pretty good by themselves!!!
>>> Three work on Mon... Interactif joins field
>>> Kerrison: Preakness runner-up could give Romans his first classic

Sun 5/30:

>>> AP: Without Triple Crown excitement, Belmont focus is on rising stars
>>> Zito a force to reckon with in this year's edition
>>> Grening: Belmont workers a study in contrasts

Sat 5/29:

>>> Kerrison: "In a word, the Belmont, a Grade 1 classic, is a jewel. New York's jewel."
>>> Plonk's Countdown to the Crown notes... Countdown's Hits and Misses of 2010
>>> First Dude, 'Charly' in final Belmont works
>>> Stately Victor, Stay Put arrive at Belmont
>>> VIDEO: Jockey Ramon Dominguez talks about First Dude

Fri 5/28:

>>> AP: "Belmont Stakes could still turn out to be a starting point for a championship season."
>>> Hovdey: "There are hopes being raised that a colt could emerge from this year's Belmont Stakes and go on to prove himself to be one of the best of the division, if not the outright champion."
>>> Kling: "'Wise guys' are following the progress of another Zito trainee, Fly Down."
>>> Dave in Dixie joins the field
>>> Spangled Star working well in company with more experienced D'Funnybone

Wed 5/26:

>>> Shandler: "The Belmont winner could produce the 3-year-old with the brightest future when all is said and done."
>>> Stately Victor has snappy work

Tues 5/25:

>>> Scott: Don't overlook the Belmont Stakes - "The fact is there have been many terrific editions of the Belmont when no Triple Crown was on the line."
>>> Privman: It's Drosselmeyer's turn
>>> VIDEO: Trainer Mott comments on Drosselmeyer's work

Sun 5/23:

>>> Grening: Belmont works better than their final times
>>> Fly Down works at Saratoga

PREAKNESS

>>> Chart: G1 $1mil Preakness
>>> Results: Preakness and undercard races
>>> VIDEO REPLAY: G1 $1mil Preakness
>>> VIDEO REPLAY: Blimp shot

>>> Official Preakness website
>>> Baltimore area weather forecast
>>> Triple Crown winners
>>> Triple Crown near-misses -- winners of two legs

>>> Free PPs: Preakness contenders from DRF [pdf]

>>> DRF Preakness coverage
>>> Bloodhorse Triple Crown coverage
>>> TTimes Triple Crown coverage

Sat 5/22 news:

>>> Spangled Star in, New Madrid out

Fri 5/21 news:

>>> Plonk's Countdown to the Crown notes... Horse-by-horse Preakness recap

Thurs 5/20 news:

>>> Preakness TV ratings dip vs both Derby and 2009 Preakness
>>> Wincze: Still lots to like in this yearís Belmont Stakes
>>> Serling: "My money says this year's 3Y0 champion will run at Belmont Park in less than three weeks."
>>> Quirky Belmont stat a possiblity: Eligible to be first time since '26 that nine different horses finished in the money in all three classic races
>>> OUCH! Detroit columnist laments lack of Triple Crown shot this year... Remembers most recent TC winners, adding, "Seattle Slew also won in 1977 but wasn't quite in the class of Secretariat or Affirmed."
>>> Lundgren: "What does a thickly clouded night share with the June 5 Belmont Stakes? There are no stars."
>>> Mike Smith to ride Drosselmeyer in Belmont
>>> No Belmont for Setsuko
>>> Dublin to bypass Belmont
>>> TTimes: Florida shows its talent with TC runners
>>> Ice Box solid choice in TTime poll
>>> Asher: "The most instructive words uttered on the NBC Sports telecast of the Preakness were probably uttered by former jockey Donna Barton Brothers..."
>>> Saratogian columnist visits the Preakness: "It was a phenomenal time. As a spirited horse racing fan and regular concert-goer, Preakness was what I like to call 'the best of both worlds.'"
Wed 5/19 news:

>>> SoCal sports scribe: "Just face facts: There is no longer any such thing as the Triple Crown."
>>> Road trip! Blogger recaps Preakness visit, "Thanks, Pimlico, for a terrific day. Hope to see you next year."
>>> DeRosa: Don't underestimate the Preakness - "Of the previous ten Preakness winners, all ten were or became champions."
>>> Deli owners revel in Preakness win by chef-turned-jock... "Everybody wants a piece of the story because it's so heartwarming. And, that kid is taking it all in stride."
>>> Behind the scenes: Mike Gathagan - VP of Communications for the Md Jockey Club... "Let's say Mike is the maestro of the media when it comes to the Preakness."

>>> NY Post's TV sports columnist: "NBC's approach to horseracing is like ESPN's to Monday Night Football: It caters to casual fans by abandoning hardcore fans -- when it can serve both."
>>> Funny: Snarky blog review of NBC's Preakness telecast... Bob [Costas] confirms that Lindsey Vonn "goes with the chalk" and picks Super Saver to win. Lindsey: "Chalk?"

Tues 5/18:

>>> West: Two jewels gone and what did they mean?
>>> Haskin's Preakness Recap: Kismet
>>> Ice Box works... Belmont field shaping up
>>> NY Times/The Rail: Fans will turn out for Belmont -- even without winners of first two legs
>>> Filly Devil May Care will skip Belmont, aim for Mother Goose
>>> Zito nabs Velazquez for Fly Down in Belmont
>>> Some behind-the-scenes activities at Pimlico during Preakness weekend
>>> SoCal sports scribe: "Just face facts: There is no longer any such thing as the Triple Crown."
>>> Road trip! Blogger recaps Preakness visit, "Thanks, Pimlico, for a terrific day. Hope to see you next year."
>>> DeRosa: Don't underestimate the Preakness - "Of the previous ten Preakness winners, all ten were or became champions."
>>> Deli owners revel in Preakness win by chef-turned-jock... "Everybody wants a piece of the story because it's so heartwarming. And, that kid is taking it all in stride."
>>> NY Post's TV sports columnist: "NBC's approach to horseracing is like ESPN's to Monday Night Football: It caters to casual fans by abandoning hardcore fans -- when it can serve both."
>>> Funny: Snarky blog review of NBC's Preakness telecast... Bob [Costas] confirms that Lindsey Vonn "goes with the chalk" and picks Super Saver to win. Lindsey: "Chalk?"

Point/Counter-point
>>> Crawford: Difficulty of Triple Crown is what makes it special
>>> Ford: "The notion of running the three Triple Crown races in the space of 36 days is ludicrous..."

Mon 5/17:

>>> Chart: Preakness Day handle comparisons - 2010 vs 2009
>>> Possible Bemont Stakes starters
>>> Baffert, "This is the best time of the day at Pimlico, in the morning, the day after the Preakness, when you win... It smells of victory."
>>> Garrett Gomez blog: "People also wonder if I'd have a problem with Martin [Garcia[, and that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, I just got off the phone with him."
>>> 'Lucky' owner Pegram, "Hopefully we will meet down the road and get it on, because that is what sports is all about."
>>> Pletcher, "There's nothing more that I would have loved to have done than to come back to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown."
>>> First Dude headed to Belmont, "I think the mile and a half suits him."
>>> Paddy O'Prado set for a rest: "The whole turf versus dirt question is one we have to tackle."
>>> Pletcher: "They're eating well, they're training well, they're energetic, but when it comes crunch time, you know, like the three-eighths pole when he needed to find more, that's really the only time you find out when two weeks is enough time."
>>> Preakness TV ratings dip
>>> Preakness bittersweet for Md natives in racing industry... Decline of racing hard to ignore for trainers, jockeys, owners from the state
>>> Martin Garcia: Preakness-winning jock got start as a short-order cook- literally! Deli owner, "I wasn't sure he was tall enough to get the food up onto the counter to serve."
>>> AP: Horse racing is still lookin' for a Triple Crown... Lukas, "Thank God for Zenyatta and Rachel."
>>> Matthews: "Horse racing needs some positive publicity and another Triple Crown bid would have been a big boost. But there is no excuse for the failure of Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra to meet for the first time."
Wilson helps punch tickets to Pass-a-dena: Baffert, Pletcher make the right calls

Canadian scribe disagrees: Trainers of Lookin at Lucky and Super Saver are determined to drain what little interest there might still have been for the Belmont Stakes

Perkins: Would anyone be surprised to hear that racing has shot itself in the hoof again?... What does it say that both the Derby and Preakness winners have already blown off the Belmont in less than three weeks. How does the TV network get any casual fan interested enough to tune in to that race?

West: "This year, the Belmont will be anticlimactic."

Ziegel: Upcoming Belmont Stakes "has all the hoofmarks of a giant yawn."

Tampa sports scribe: Is anyone except horse racing diehards remotely interested in watching the Belmont now that we know there is no chance for a triple crown this year?

Clay: "This turned out to be a rather uninspiring Triple Crown series."

Sun 5/16:

>>> Attendance up, handle down at Preakness
>>> Beyer: "The best horse won."
>>> Super Saver 'came up empty'
>>> Derby, Preakness winners to skip Belmont Stakes
>>> Sports Illustrated: What we learned at the Preakness
>>> Balt Sun critic: NBC's Preakness coverage "offered an accessible, wide-ranging and thoroughly engaging 2 hours and 15 minutes of live television."
>>> Over 95,000 attend... Preakness draws revelers and racing fans
>>> Baltimore Sun: Preakness infield rebounds - "The place turns into Woodstock again."
>>> Wash Post: "The 33,200 spectators in the infield laughed, flirted and sunbathed in a relaxed, orderly atmosphere."
>>> NY Times/The Rail: A little less wild, a little more rock 'n' roll
>>> Infield party not for everyone: "I drove from New York just to come to this, and it was not worth it, and I would not do it again."
>>> Trancript: Post-race news conference with Baffert/Garcia... Also, losers' quotes
>>> Photo gallery: WBAL-TV
>>> Photo gallery: Washington Post
>>> Photo gallery: 'Celebrities' at the Preakness [Umm, we kinda had to put the quotation marks around 'celebrities' -- you'll get it...]
>>> Wooooooo! Preakness Bikini Contest winners!


2010 Preakness post positions and morning line odds
Post... Horse... Trainer... Jock... ML
1. Aikenite Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano | 20-1
2. Schoolyard Dreams Derek Ryan/Eibar Coa | 15-1
3. Pleasant Prince Wesley Ward/Julien Leparoux | 20-1
4. Northern Giant D. Wayne Lukas/Terry Thompson | 30-1
5. Yawanna Twist Richard Dutrow Jr./Edgar Prado | 30-1
6. Jackson Bend Nick Zito/Mike Smith | 12-1
Post... Horse... Trainer... Jock... ML
7. Lookin At Lucky Bob Baffert/Martin Garcia | 3-1
8. Super Saver Todd Pletcher/Calvin Borel | 5-2
9. Caracortado Mike Machowsky/Paul Atkinson | 10-1
10. Paddy O' Prado Dale Romans/Keny Desormeaux | 9-2
11. First Dude Dale Romans/Ramon Dominguez | 20-1
12. Dublin DW Lukas/Garrett Gomez | 10-1

Sat 5/15 news:

>>> Chart: Winningest post positions... And, how the last 13 Derby winners have fared
>>> Bo-rail-not?!? Calvin, "I'm not going to ride him like I did last time, on the fence... It's going to be a totally different race, I think."
>>> DW Lukas: "Two weeks matters to me. It matters to every guy in here. We're all concerned about it, their energy level coming back in two weeks."
>>> Leparoux bruised, Desormeaux unhurt in Friday spill at PIM
>>> Baffert: "The whole key to the race is [jockey] Kent Desormeaux. See what he does when he comes out of the gate with Paddy O'Prado."
>>> Haskin: Yes, we're goin' down by the Schoolyard for our price horse...
>>> Ziegel: Calvin Borel, Super Saver leave enough room on rail for reality at Preakness
>>> LA Times: Jockey Calvin Borel is the star of the show at the Preakness
>>> Jockeys pass on Preakness advertising
>>> Novak: Watch out for First Dude
>>> Aikenite's quest: Follow Summer Squall's steps
>>> Black-Eyed Susan Day recap: "Where do you begin to describe such a energetic day at the track that saw nearly 27,000 fans make their way to Old Hilltop?"
>>> Handle, attendance increase on 'Susan' Day
>>> Lady Legends race a success... Jocson wins but - "Rarely, if ever, have so many losing jockeys returned with such big smiles."
>>> Javier Castellano captures Pimlico Jockey Challenge
>>> Baltimore Sun op-ed: Can Pimlico draw a crowd when Preakness is over?... Night racing could be one option
>>> Schmuck: "Truth is, the Preakness is the only thing keeping Maryland horse racing alive, so if it takes extreme measures to keep the sport breathing, then pass the bottomless beer mug..."
>>> Fri results: Gwen Jocson Prevails In Lady Legends race, "I'm lucky I didnít fall off around the eighth pole, but I just had horse."
>>> Legend jock Mary Russ Tortora, "It was every bit what I expected and more. The whole event, Pimlico really made it wonderful for us."

Selections:

>>> Reminder: They called the Derby correctly... Click here to review the handicappers who got it right two weeks ago in Louisville

>>> Merrow [equidaily.com]: Aikenite, Lookin At Lucky, Super Saver, Caracortado
>>> Telias [Sporting News]: Lookin At Lucky, Jackson Bend, Schoolyard Dreams
>>> Powell [Brisnet.com]: "My betting strategy will be a large win bet on Super Saver, exactas with..."
>>> Byk [Sirius satellite]: Super Saver, Paddy O'Prado, First Dude, Schoolyard Dreams
>>> West [Star Telegram]: Super Saver, Lookin At Lucky, First Dude, Paddy O'Prado
>>> Plonk [ESPN.com/HorseplayerNOW.com]: Lookin At Lucky, Super Saver, Caracortado, First Dude
>>> Star-Ledger staff
>>> Gorg [Star Tribune]: Super Saver, First Dude, Schoolyard Dream, Lookin At Lucky
>>> Daley [Lowell Sun]: Lookin At Lucky, Super Saver, Jackson Bend, Jackson Bend
>>> Nahill [North County Times]: 1. Jackson Bend, 2. Lookin At Lucky, 3. Super Saver, 4. Paddy O'Prado. Long shot: Caracortado
>>> Ordine [Philly Inquirer]: Super Saver, Paddy O'Prado, Schoolyard Dreams [includes picks from his 91YO aunt who hit the Derby tri]
>>> Clancy [Hartford Courant]: Super Saver, Paddy O'Prado, Dublin, Schoolyard Dreams
>>> Tuley [DRf]: 1. Jackson Bend. 2. Lookin At Lucky. 3. Paddy O'Prado. Long shot: Aikenite
>>> NY Times/The Rail staff
>>> Menez [Sports Illustrated]: Super Saver, Lookin At Lucky, First Dude, Schoolyard Dreams
>>> Meyer [River Downs]: Super Saver, Lookin At Lucky, Dublin
>>> Albany NY media/various
>>> Media top picks/various
>>> Times-Union staff
>>> Ehalt [NTRA.com]: Super Saver, Yawanna Twist and Lookin At Lucky
>>> Starr [NTRA.com]: Super Saver, Schoolyard Dreams, Lookin At Lucky
>>> Kling [Troy Record]: 1) Super Saver, 2) Lookin At Lucky, 3) Caracortado, 4) Dublin
>>> Durbin [e-ponies]: Win bet on Super Saver. Exacta wheel...
>>> Finley [ESPN.com]: "Here's how I will play the race: $45 exacta, Lookin at Lucky over Super Saver. $35 exacta, Super Saver over Lookin at Lucky. $20 exacta, Lookin at Lucky over Jackson Bend."
>>> Linihan: [Tulsa World]: Lookin at Lucky, Schoolyard Dreams, Super Saver, Pleasant Prince
>>> Ike [Union-Tribune]: Lookin At Lucky, Super Saver, Paddy O'Prado, Yawanna Twist
>>> Wesch [Union-Trib]: Lookin At Lucky, Super Saver and Caracortado
>>> Haluska [Republican-Herald]: 1. Lookin at Lucky, 2. First Dude, 3. Aikenite, 4. Northern Giant
>>> Wilson [San Gabriel Valley News]: Super Saver, Lookin At Lucky, Caracortado
>>> Drape [NY Times]: Super Saver, Yawanna Twist, Lookin at Lucky, Schoolyard Dreams
>>> Pricci [Horseraceinsider.com]: 1. Super Saver 2. Lookin At Lucky 3. Coracortado
>>> Johnny D [Xpressbet]: KEY HORSE: Super Saver; CAN'T IGNORE: Lookin At Lucky, First Dude; PRICE PLAY: Schoolyard Dreams
>>> Ordine [Philly Inquirer]: Super Saver, Paddy O'Prado, and Schoolyard Dreams
>>> Finley [USA Today]: Lookin At Lucky, Super Saver, Paddy O'Prado... might include First Dude and Dublin on tri/super tix
>>> Moore [Times Gazette]: Super Saver, Paddy O'Prado, Caracortado
>>> Eng [Las Vegas Review Journal]: Super Saver, Lookin At Lucky, Jackson Bend, Dublin
>>> NY Post staff
>>> Beyer [DRF, Wash Post]: 1. Lookin At Lucky, 2. Aikenite, 3. Pleasant Prince
>>> Starr [NTRA.com]: Super Saver, Schoolyard Dreams, Lookin At Lucky
>>> White [HRTV]: 1. Lookin At Lucky 2. Super Saver 3. Paddy O'Prado 4. Caracortado
>>> Rees [Courier-Journal]: Super Saver, Lookin at Lucky, Paddy O'Prado [VIDEO]
>>> Crawford [Courier-Journal]: Paddy O'Prado, Super Saver, Aikenite [VIDEO]
>>> Moss [DRF]: "If Super Saver's Derby improvement was strictly due to trip... then with the right trip Lookin at Lucky is clearly at the top of the list of alternatives."
>>> Shandler [Bloodhorse]: I like Lookin At Lucky and Super Saver in my top three. The trick then is to find a price horse to fill out my trifectas and supers. There are four that I'll use...

Fri 5/14 news:

>>> Izenberg: Who will be willing to set the pace, and risk burning out?
>>> USA Today: Vulnerable Super Saver might not have it so easy at Preakness
>>> Pletcher plugging away despite Derby breakthrough... "That's the toughest part about [the business]. It's 24-7, 365. There's no way around it."
>>> DW Lukas: "f you look back through the history books we've run horses in the Derby that finished sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and we come in here and - bam!"
>>> AP: Thirty years later, Lukas remains driven to win
>>> Superstitions always a major part of Preakness
>>> Baffert: "I know how jockeys think and I may not have been a very talented rider, but I know my horses and I know where they should be in a race."
>>> Paddy O'Prado owners confident
>>> Owners of Afleet Alex root for his offspring... They want Dublin to win
>>> Caracortado's trainer, jockey set for Triple Crown debut
>>> Pletcher, Lukas, Baffert offer opinions on Triple Crown's current race schedule
>>> Comparing the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness
>>> Ziegel: Caracortado out to make some noise
>>> Photo gallery/Baltimore Sun: Preakness week
>>> Local businesses optimistic that signs are looking good for Preakness business rebound
>>> Wash Post: Preakness's marketing pitch and bottomless beers bring more controversy
>>> Good safety reports for Keeneland meet and Derby/Oaks cards

Thurs 5/13:

>>> Beyer: Horse-by-horse analysis
>>> Pletcher: "Super Saver ran a 4 fig. in the Arkansas Derby and another 4 in the Kentucky Derby, so there was no huge breakthrough, which may be helpful coming back in two weeks."
>>> Super Saver takes Thurs morn jog at PIM
>>> Quotes: Post position draw
>>> Plonk's Countdown to the Preakness notes
>>> Lukas to Baffert: Thanks for the jockey
>>> Balt Sun blog laments: Alibi Breakfast has lost its character(s)
>>> Hovdey: Pegram looks for a little luck... Hopes 'Lookin' can rebound
>>> Chart: Three beaten Derby faves that won the Preakness
>>> Chart: Pletcher's all-time Preakness starters
>>> Chart: DW Lukas' all-time Preakness starters
>>> Shandler: Pace could make the race
>>> Photo gallery: Super Saver arrives
>>> Super Saver takes Stall 40 - traditionally held for the Derby winner
>>> USA Today: Loyalty works both ways for jockey Paul Atkinson [Caracortado]
>>> Fortus: Super Saver worth time, money, effort for WinStar Farm
>>> Pletcher, "It's a pleasure to be here and in this situation."
>>> Cot Campbell [Aikenite]: "I think he has a good shot here."
>>> Pletcher: "You really try not to get ahead of the race in front of you. But obviously, we know that if he wins the Preakness, then it's a shot at immortality."
>>> Garrett Gomez: "Just because things didn't exactly go right with [Lookin At Lucky] in the past couple starts doesn't really mean it'll impact the relationship between Bob [Baffert] and me."
>>> Borel and Super Saver keep their eyes on Lookin at Lucky
>>> Crist: "For those investing in trifectas and superfectas, the betting value in this Preakness may be in..."
>>> Newcomers look to spoil Triple Crown bid
>>> Two-week break actually seems to work for Derby winners heading to Preakness
>>> Ziegel: Preakness field is uninspiring, but 74YO Wayne Lukas looks for 6th win
>>> VIDEO: TTimes interview with DW Lukas
>>> Forde: "A semi-raunchy ad campaign is beneath the dignity of the Preakness? For real?"
>>> VIDEO: Baltimore NBC affiliate looks at Get Your Preak On ad campaign
>>> Forde: Borel - "If anything, his value is increasing with age."
>>> The Preakness Song: Kind of the Get Your Preak On of 1968... Give it a listen!

Wed 5/12 news:

>>> Hurricane Ike ruled out with leg injury
>>> Haskin's Preakness Doings: "If you're looking for a price horse who could be live, there are several factors that point to Schoolyard Dreams."
>>> Kerrison: Pleasant Prince could be a live one
>>> Time off helps Schoolyard Dreams
>>> VIDEO: Super Saver workout at CD
>>> NY Times: A Derby victory is nice, but at WinStar Farm, business is business
>>> Trainer Derek Ryan [Schoolyard Dreams, Musket Man], "We could use a break in these big races."
>>> Baffert, "[Lookin At Lucky] won't run in the Belmont."
>>> VIDEO: NBC's segment on Borel's 2009 Derby ride
>>> Beyer: Recent Preakness history puts lie to 'bounce' theory... Conservative training methods have "has hurt the sport."
>>> Jockey Calvin Borel's trademark style means abandoning the comfort zone

>>> VIDEO: Calvin explains his penchant for the rail

Tues 5/11 news:

>>> Field of 13 shaping up
>>> Haskin's Preakness Doings: The second leg of the Triple Crown is in it's own way almost as confusing as the Ky Derby
>>> Trends: Looking at the last 50 Preakness Stakes going back to 1959, only eight Preakness winners did not start in the Kentucky Derby
>>> Preakness: "Longshots have fared very well this decade when it comes to rounding out the exacta."
>>> NY Times: Super Saver works well, but rivals keep lining up
>>> Crist: Speculating on Super Saver's Preakness odds
>>> Preakness lacks true pacesetter
>>> Shandler: "Super Saver will have no easy task... for many reasons."
>>> Mission Impazible out
>>> A Little Warm out, First Dude in
>>> Musical saddles: Thompson bumped from Dublin, picks up Northenr Giant
>>> Fountaine: 'Ike', 'Jackson' put in "the two most eye-catching workouts"
>>> Abundance of storylines for NBC Preakness broadcast
>>> Hovdey: "The Triple Crown should be changed to save the Preakness."
>>> Finley: Borel by the numbers... Is he really better at Churchill than he is anywhere else?
>>> Bo-rail explains his penchant for riding the fence, "You know, to me, if you can get right on it, there is traction there."
>>> Desormeaux defends his Derby stretch ride, "I think I hit him one time too many and that was exactly the case."
>>> Kerrison: "The morons came up with Get Your Preak On, reducing a great, historic thoroughbred horse race to an event with sleazy overtones."

Point/Counter-point:
>>> Kling: Borel deserves the benefit of the doubt on this one
>>> Bergstein: Labels Borel's Derby whip use as "savagery"

Mon 5/10 news:

>>> Busy Monday for Preakness workouts
>>> Lookin At Lucky a go for Preakness
Super Saver puts in Mon morn work at CD
>>> Wilkin: Coming after Super Saver... Derby winner doesn't scare away competition
>>> Rees: Super Saver rolled off Pletcher's assembly line into Derby winner's circle
>>> Baffert on replacing Gomez: "He was good about it because we're good friends. I wanted to try something different one time and see."
>>> DW Lukas on Dunlin's jockey switch: "If Peyton Manning is available, you are not going to leave him in the locker room."
>>> Tilton: "Stop with all the nonsensical critiques of Super Saver and those who picked the horse to win the Derby. He's not Secretariat, but he's not too bad either."
>>> Fountaine: Caracortado worth a look
>>> Trainer that broke Super Saver watched Derby with pride, "I think it'd be like if you were the high school coach and you just watched one of your ex-players win an NBA title."
>>> Pleasant Prince works 5F in :59 at KEE
>>> Aikenite works 5F at CD
>>> VIDEO: Meet the Super Saver team... There is an entire team behind the effort and they are as proud of Super Saver as anyone around
>>> Balt Sun sports columnist: 'Get Your Preak On' ad campaign "isn't just in poor taste. It shows no taste at all."... And, "Here's a sport that's already on life support, enjoyed by about two dozen people under the age of 70 across the entire country."
>>> Lamarra: 'Get Your Preak On' ad campaign - "So far it appears to be working, like it or not."
>>> Trackmaster blog: "Is Super Saver the one? We'd give the same advise that The Oracle gave to Neo in The Matrix: 'Good luck, kiddo.'"
>>> Pimlico receives NTRA Safety Alliance accreditation

Sun 5/9 news:

>>> List of possible and confirmed Preakness starters
>>> Gomez off if 'Lucky' goes... Baffert, "It hurts me to take [Garrett] off the horse. But things just aren't clicking right now."
>>> Gomez on Dublin
>>> Balt Sun: "It's pretty rare in sports to see an athlete age like a fine Bordeaux." Calvin Borel fits the profile.
>>> Pletcher, "That's the question that's always asked: Have you won the Kentucky Derby? Now I look forward to answering it."
>>> First Dude looks sharp, so 'on to the Preakness'
>>> Balt Sun: Horse racing's media makeover is paying off... Sport is courting new, younger and female fans
>>> History: Birth of Preakness can be traced to Saratoga dinner party
>>> Breeding blog: "Quite simply, the single most important auteur behind the success of Super Saver is the late Ogden Phipps..."
>>> Plonk's Countdown to the Crown notes... "Depending on how you want to spin things, dirt experience is a debatable Derby factor."
>>> Jock Watch: 21YO Tanner Riggs, "By far this year has been my best year as a rider in my career."

KENTUCKY DERBY

>>> Official Kentucky Derby website
>>> Churchill weather forecast
>>> Graded earnings list
>>> DRF: Derby workout reports
>>> Past Derby charts
>>> Quick list of past Derby winners
>>> Fastest winning Derby times
>>> Video replays: Derby Trail preps
>>> Free PPs/contenders DRF [pdf]
>>> TV schedule
>>> Future Pool 1-3: Final odds

>>> DRF Derby coverage
>>> Bloodhorse Triple Crown coverage
>>> TTimes Triple Crown coverage

>>> Chart/Equibase: G1 $2mil Ky Derby
>>> VIDEO: RACE REPLAY
>>> VIDEO: Blimp replay
>>> Graphic: How Kentucky Derby 2010 was won
>>> Transcript: Interview with winning jock, trainer and owners [pdf]
>>> Losing jockey/trainer quotes
>>> Undercard stakes results

>>> Free DRF PPs: G1 $2mil Ky Derby [pdf]

Complete post-Derby coverage from the Louisville Courier-Journal

>>> Lexington Herald-Leader's Derby coverage
>>> VIDEO COVERAGE: Derby website's VIDEO section
>>> WHAS-TV Derby coverage and VIDEOs
>>> DRF Derby coverage
>>> Bloodhorse Triple Crown coverage
>>> TTimes Triple Crown coverage

Sat 5/8 news:

>>> Kerrison: Borel without the home-cooking? "When he goes to other tracks [away from Churchill], the magic touch seems to fade."
>>> Yawanna Twist in
>>> Gomez could lose mount if 'Lucky' goes
>>> Latest example of WinStar Farm's meteoric rise: Derby winner Super Saver
>>> Bo-rail: "I love to ride the fence. You can't be scared. If I can't do it my way and get the job done, that's when I'm going to retire."
>>> Baffert rules Conveyance out of Preakness

Fri 5/7 news:

>>> Haskin blog: "I will provide solid reasons why Super Saver has as good a shot to sweep the Triple Crown as anyone in recent years."
>>> West: Ky Derby winner has momentum, skill set for Preakness
>>> Eng: "While the sport needs the boost that comes when a horse is going for the Triple Crown, Super Saver will have his work cut out."
>>> VIDEO: Calvin Borel meets the press on Thurs at CD
>>> Pletcher: "What I like so far is [Super Saver's] appetite and energy level are good. The Derby is a demanding race, but it doesn't appear to have knocked him out."
>>> DRF: Schoolyard Dreams looks to rebound in Preakness
>>> Aikenite joins Preakness field
>>> Noble's Promise out of Preakness, might be headed overseas
>>> Uptowncharlybrown headed to Belmont Stakes
>>> Borel again finds the spotlight can be harsh
>>> Pricci: Riding out through the wire not simply an option -- and stewards need to take action towards jockeys that don't do it!
>>> Wilson says, "Hogwash" to the idea of changing the Triple Crown... And Todd Pletcher, a self-proclaimed traditionalist, doesn't want to see the rules changed either
>>> Moss chart: "The Derby pace this year ranked right up there figure-wise with the meltdown paces of 2005 and 2001, as many had predicted."
>>> NTRA prez: Kentucky Derby Weekend Top Ten List
Thurs 5/6 news:

>>> Powell: Derby recap - "The horse that made his own luck held off the ones that could not."
>>> White's Derby recap notes
>>> Preakness: Ice Box won't run... Paddy O'Prado, First Dude will
>>> Belmont challenger Drosselmeyer could emerge from upsoming weekend's G2 Dwyer at BEL
>>> Lookin At Lucky lookin at Preakness
>>> Caracortado fresh and ready
>>> Borel: "There's two things I like about [Super Saver]: He's fresh... He's peaking at the right time."
>>> Schoolyard Dreams readies for Preakness
>>> Kane: Borel is building a rťsumť that says he has to be considered one of racingís all-time greats
>>> DeRosa: Three indelible images from Derby weekend at Churchill
>>> Pricci: "Clearly, there's something about the thoroughbred racing product that still works in the real world."
>>> More from Derby Day at other venues: Over 13K turn out at Sam Houston... Wagering on CD races jumps 11%
>>> Rees: Some final Derby thoughts
>>> Clay: Derby in review - Thumbs up, thumbs down
>>> Hovdey: So what did we learn from the 136th Kentucky Derby?
>>> Finley: "In defeat, Ice Box turned in one of the more remarkable losing efforts in Derby history."... And more Derby thoughts

Wed 5/5 news:

>>> Baffert keeping his options open
>>> Super Saver jogs... First Dude to Preakness
>>> Borel works Preakness opponent Hurrican Ike, "It was very good and he galloped out well."
>>> Paddy O'Prado possible
>>> Derby's final TV ratings in: Solid
>>> Derby TV ratings trounce other weekend sports... Compare the numbers

>>> Canadian sports writer: Interest in Derby shows that the game still has life, "The interest is still there... The horses haven't failed. It is the industry which has had its head in the sand for far too long."
>>> Desormeaux's Derby ride gets stewards' attention -- but no action taken, "He has the reputation for doing that, but we looked at it and it was very marginal."
>>> Bergstein: Thumbs down on Borel for his whip-use "savagery" in the Derby
>>> King: "By simply reducing the field from 20 to 18, the people at Churchill Downs can legislate fairness in the Derby."
>>> AUDIO: NYRA podcast with Todd Pletcher... Post-Derby and pre-Preakenss thoughts
>>> Cinema: Upcoming docu presents the stunning journey of the pioneer female jockeys
>>> Globalization? Hong Kong scribe says early-morning Ky Derby a tough sell to local punters
>>> Blog: After watching NBC's Derby coverage "I began to think: What would my perfect racing telecast look like?"
>>> Rees: Some final Derby thoughts
>>> Clay: Derby in review - Thumbs up, thumbs down
>>> Hovdey: So what did we learn from the 136th Kentucky Derby?
>>> Finley: "In defeat, Ice Box turned in one of the more remarkable losing efforts in Derby history."... And more Derby thoughts

Tues 5/4 news:

>>> Super Saver tops latest NTRA 3YO Poll
>>> Haskin's Derby Recap: "In 2010, The Derby scriptwriters managed to take [the winning connections] and create another fascinating chapter in the raceís long and storied history."
>>> Moran: Derby post-script... "A Super Saver victory in the Preakness would be fortuitous... If there is momentum built in Louisville, it will gain force with a Triple Crown possibility emerging in Baltimore."
>>> Privman: Might be full field at Pimlico
>>> Ice Box to Preakness? Owner, trainer differ
>>> Noble's Promise might take another run at Super Saver
>>> 2010 Derby: A list of what was good and not so good
>>> Awesome Act injured during Kentucky Derby
>>> Jock Garrett Gomez on Lucky's Derby trip: "Things just didn't really go our way and I'm not sure exactly which reason to pinpoint, but there are a bunch of them..."
>>> Yum! Brands hopes to renew Kentucky Derby sponsorship deal
>>> VIDEO: Pletcher day-after press conference
>>> Bozich: As a sports celebrity, Calvin is moving into last-name-optional territory
>>> Wilson: Are the Kentucky Derby fields too crowded?
>>> Derby/Oaks handle increases across the board
>>> Summing up the Derby experience: "The spirit of the Kentucky Derby lies outside the horse racing itself... The rest of the day, the weekend, is about something more."
>>> Comment: 2010 Preakness infield policy means "mom, dad and their 10-year-old kid will be alienated once again."
>>> Funny: Snarky 'live blog' of Sat's NBC Derby telecast... "3:29 PM: Bob Baffert is wearing sunglasses inside on the day of Rainiest Derby Evah, because Bob can get away with that, or at least his hair is of the opinion he can."
>>> Don'tcha have to wonder if this guy's even been to a racetrack?... Pair of sports writers 'banter' in print -- with the younger of the two essentially dismissing the sport of horse racing as an anachronism, "Can we smoke cigars and drink scotch in an all-male press box? No? The last time [racing and boxing] were relevant, we could." [page 2 of article]
>>> Wall Street Journal asks: "Is Calvin Borel the coolest athlete in America right now?"
>>> Beyer: "Borel's ride was the decisive element of the Derby."
>>> Ohio sports scribe: "A sport so desperate for a superstar and some positive publicity has it with Borel."
>>> Christine: Churchill humiliates Derby-winning jocks Jorge Velasquez and Ron Franklin... The pair - in town for the Galt House handprint ceremony -- denied tickets to the Derby
>>> Racing/technology blog: "Churchill has learned to brand-market their big event better, and over time this has paid off."
>>> "Kentucky Derby" a hot internet search-term during the past week... Beats out "Mother's Day" and "Iron Man 2"
>>> Connecticut newspaper's sports blog: "Apparently the sport is back as a mainstream endeavor, at least according to the numbers from Derby weekend. What strikes me about this is, don't we hear this every year right after the Derby...?"


Rumors of racing's demise have been greatly exaggerated...
At least if we go by our annual look at American front page coverage of the Kentucky Derby

Equidaily's annual roundup of front page, above-the-fold [mostly] Kentucky Derby recognition from newspapers coast-to-coast this past Sunday, the day after the Derby

Derby TV coverage - numbers and reviews

>>> Kentucky Derby gets highest TV ratings in 18 years [for the uninitiated, a 23 share means that of the TVs that were turned on at the time, nearly one in every four was tuned to the Derby]

>>> USA Today's sports TV columnist: "NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage represents a triumph of packaging... NBC deploys its Olympic tack on horse racing: lots of hype and story lines."
>>> St Petersburg Times: NBC's Derby telecast - "...every single minute of it was entertaining."
>>> NY Post: "Why, every year, does NBC ensure that the very best its Kentucky Derby coverage can be is only half-decent and unacceptably incomplete?"
>>> Blog: "Is there anyone who found the NBC coverage of the race anything except completely unwatchable?... The frivolity that made up most of the broadcast doesnít merit comment."
>>> Blog: "While I had low expectations for the Bravo presentation of the Kentucky Oaks, the broadcast far exceeded my worst predictions."
>>> Derby Trail racing fan forum:
"are you kidding me - top chefs? where's the horse? pitiful coverage"
"no, the race and post race were ok. i didn't give the rest much of a chance... but from the call for 'riders up' on, it was ok."


Mon 5/3 news:

>>> Drape: Triple Crown? "Looking at the official [Derby] chart... you can understand why horsemen are not intimidated by Super Saver."
>>> Pletcher: "With [Super Saver's] running style, it should suit Pimlico very well."
>>> Clay: Pletcher's no better... He's still the best
>>> Few Derby runners likely to move on to Preakness
>>> Novak: Could Zito be the TC-spoiler again?
>>> West: "Does Super Saver really have a chance to become the first horse since Affirmed to clean out sport's most famously gothic jewelry box?"
>>> Crist chart: How much did that contest winner's $100,000 bet on Super Saver affect the Derby winner's payoff?
>>> Zast: Derby weekend recap -- "Why change anything?"
>>> Boston Globe: "What the sport needs is a hero - not a 50-1 shot such as Mine That Bird... Horse racing needs a Triple Crown winner, desperately."
>>> Giauque: Weather was a Derby-factor... "It is always a bad sign when [the Weather Channel's] Jim Cantore is spotted standing in a person's front yard, or when a national television audience sees him standing on a racetrack."
>>> Brunker: Victory added Borelís name to the illustrious roster of jockeys who have won back-to-back runnings of the Derby - Isaac Murphy, Jimmy Winkfield, Ron Turcotte and Eddie Delahoussaye
>>> Shandler: Pletcher and Borel so different, yet so much alike
>>> Tote malfunction hits account wagering companies just before Derby
>>> What's next for Paddy O'Prado?
>>> Kerrison: "If you were looking for it, you could see God's generous hand all over the place at the Downs on Saturday."

And more from other venues on Derby Day:
>>> Wow - 13,000+ turn out at Keeneland for Derby simulcast!
>>> Derby Day at The Meadowlands: "...still 'rocks' after all these years, literally and otherwise."


Derby TV coverage - numbers and reviews

>>> Kentucky Derby gets highest TV ratings in 18 years [for the uninitiated, a 23 share means that of the TVs that were turned on at the time, nearly one in every four was tuned to the Derby]

>>> USA Today's sports TV columnist: "NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage represents a triumph of packaging... NBC deploys its Olympic tack on horse racing: lots of hype and story lines."
>>> St Petersburg Times: NBC's Derby telecast - "...every single minute of it was entertaining."
>>> NY Post: "Why, every year, does NBC ensure that the very best its Kentucky Derby coverage can be is only half-decent and unacceptably incomplete?"
>>> Blog: "Is there anyone who found the NBC coverage of the race anything except completely unwatchable?... The frivolity that made up most of the broadcast doesnít merit comment."
>>> Blog: "While I had low expectations for the Bravo presentation of the Kentucky Oaks, the broadcast far exceeded my worst predictions."
>>> Derby Trail racing fan forum:
"are you kidding me - top chefs? where's the horse? pitiful coverage"
"no, the race and post race were ok. i didn't give the rest much of a chance... but from the call for 'riders up' on, it was ok."


Sun 5/2 news:

Applause for Calvin:
>>> Calvin Borel's in a zone all his own after Kentucky Derby 2010
>>> Calvin Borel is the Secretariat of humans
>>> Baffert: "Calvin Borel is amazing. He is fearless. He takes control of the race, and you have to give him a lot of credit. He's a great rider."
>>> Pletcher: "He's a great rider everywhere but heís five lengths better at Churchill."
>>> Borel: From journeyman to Mr Kentucky Derby
>>> Forde: If you'd bet just $2 across the board on Calvin in each of the past four Derbies -- an investment of $24 -- you would have pocketed $250.20. How's that for a return on investment?
>>> Wilkin: Saturday, it was all about Borel and how he has become the master of the Kentucky Derby
>>> LA Times: Put him on your horse and raise the mint juleps in victory
>>> Albarado: "We all know what he's going to do. He just does it anyway."
>>> Kerrison: At 43, when most jockeys are contemplating retirement from their dangerous profession, Borel has soared to uncharted heights
>>> Ziegel: Borel has turned America's greatest race into a rerun


VIDEO: Borel's post-Derby press conference

VIDEO: Post-race interview with Calvin Borel, "I was born to ride, baby."


Dream bet? If this is a dream -- don't wake him up!!!...
>>> Texas man wins over $900K on Kentucky Derby 2010 in CNBC DreamBet contest

VIDEO: $100K Derby Dreambet winner Glen Fullerton celebrates as his pick wins the Ky Derby

>>> VIDEO: Glen Fullerton in post-race press conference... "It came down to my gut feeling."


Pletcher ends Derby-drought:
>>> Bozich: Todd Pletcher's losing streak reaches happy ending in Kentucky Derby 2010
>>> NY Times: Pletcher ends Derby drought
>>> Pletcher: "I saw [my parents] right after the race, and my mom said it was the greatest day of her life, and you know, I'm very fortunate to have very supportive parents."
>>> Pletcher: "I think it will all soak in a day or two. Obviously, it's a race I dreamed my whole life about winning."
>>> DW Lukas: "I'm very happy for [Todd]. I knew there was one out there for him."

>>> 155,804 attend... Total wagering jumps 7.8%
>>> Crist charts the 2010 Derby Day pools vs 2009
>>> Victory a team effort for WinStar
>>> Possible Preakness starters
>>> Pletcher: On to the Preakness... Super Saver rebounds well, "...energy level was better than I would have expected" on Sun morning
>>> Rees: Wouldn't you want to know what kind of trips that Lookin At Lucky and Ice Box would have gotten if Calvin Borel had been aboard?
>>> Veitch: "You undoubtedly read the many comments... about the supposed inadequacy of the graded stakes earnings rule... Still, it is hard to think of any really good horse who failed to make the Derby because he didnít earn enough money."
>>> Baffert [Lookin At Lucky]: "I wish (jockey Garrett Gomez) would have pulled him up."
>>> Line of David starts strong, finishes 18th
>>> Dodger mgr Torres [Homeboykris]: "We weren't sure the distance was good enough, but the fact that we were in there was really what our goal was."
>>> Lookin At Lucky's draw turns out not so lucky... Favorite can't overcome tough post in large field
>>> Dublin's late kick missing
>>> USA Today: Winning a Triple Crown not worth what it used to be
>>> Awesome Act likely to join Asmussen in US
>>> Triple Crown Trail: Ice Box probably wonít run in the Preakness
>>> From NY Times live Derby Day blog: "Isn't [NBC's] Kentucky Derby broadcast better when it focuses on horse racing?" [6:02pm entry]
>>> Beech/Sports Illustrated: "I said it last year, and I'll say it again. There is no sporting event in America quite as great as the Kentucky Derby."
>>> Layden/Sports Illustrated: Public enamored with Derby and Triple Crown races and yet, "for the rest of the year the sport unfolds in a state somewhere between anonymity and desperation."

Derby Day at other venues:
>>> Indiana: It was standing-room only at the Merrillville OTB
>>> Large crowd at Ellis Park
>>> Las Vegas scribe visits various casino sports books on Derby Day
>>> SunRay Park, New Mexico: "The atmosphere is so electric on a day like today."
>>> Connecticut OTB: If horse racing is the sport of kings, surely parimutuel wagering is the province of the common man - or is that uncommon man?

Photo galleries:

>>> Courier-Journal Derby and Derby-related galleries
>>> Washington Post
>>> AP photos
>>> Celebs at the Derby
>>> USA Today
>>> NY Times
>>> Albany Times-Union
>>> Derby hats
>>> Bloodhorse
>>> VIDEO: Various NBC Derby videos

Sat 5/1 news:

>>> Wet start to Kentucky Derby day - no training
>>> Derby might not be as soggy as originally thought
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Early overlays
>>> Sizzling pace is all but guaranteed
>>> Late speed seen as one good way to pick a winner... Nine horses have impressive numbers
>>> Chart: How they finished in 1 1/8-mile prep races
>>> Why first-time trainers keep winning the Derby
>>> USA Today: Kentucky Derby, celebrated as the most exciting two minutes in sports, might also be the most confounding event
>>> Finney: Derby could be race for long shots
VIDEO: Churchill officials discuss emergency Derby weather plan at Fri press conference

Selections:

>>> Merrow [equidaily.com]: Noble's Promise, Awesome Act, Lookin At Lucky, Mission Impazible
>>> Byk [Sirius satellite]: Paddy O'Prado, Sidney's Candy, Ice Box, Devil May Care, Stately Victor
>>> Beyer [Wash Post]: My play will be an exacta box of Ice Box and Lookin At Lucky
>>> Powell [BRIS.com]: "I will focus most of my bankroll on a win/place bet on Super Saver. In the gimmicks, I'll use..."
>>> Kling [Troy Record]: 1) Awesome Act, 2) Lookin At Lucky, 3) Dublin, 4) Ice Box
>>> Eng [Las Vegas Review Journal: Devil May Care, Lookin At Lucky, Ice Box, Super Saver
>>> Fortus [Times Picayune]: 1. Super Saver, 2. Mission Impazible, 3. Awesome Act, 4. Lookin At Lucky
>>> Finley [ESPN.com]: With a $100 bankroll, here's how I plan to play the race...
>>> Haluska [Republican-Herald]: Sidney's Candy, Lookin at Lucky, American Lion, Awesome Act and Super Save
>>> West [Star Telegram]: Super Saver, Lookin At Lucky, Devil May Care, Dublin
>>> Various [NY Times' The Rail]
>>> Nadeau: Awesome Act, Mission Impazible, Dublin, Ice Box
>>> O'Donnell [Chicago Sun Times]: Super Saver, Devile May Care, Lookin At Lucky, Line of David
>>> NY Post staff selections
>>> Horvath [Patriot News]: The investment plan is to key Super Saver top and bottom in exactas with...
>>> Menez [Sports Illustrated]: Super Saver, Devil May Care, Paddy O'Prado, Awesome Act
>>> Brunker: With a self-imposed $100 limit, here's how I intend to attack the race...
>>> Courier-Journal staff [and other media]
>>> Asher [Churchill]: Awesome Act, Lookin At Lucky, Paddy O' Prado
>>> Plonk [Horseplayernow]: Conveyance, Lookin At Lucky, Ice Box
>>> Jerardi [Philly Daily News]: Lookin At Lucky is likely to hit the super somewhere. I am going to use him on top some, second, third and fourth a little. Then...
>>> Durbin [e-ponies]: Lookin At Lucky, Sidney's Candy, Conveyance, Mission Impazible
>>> Wilson [San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group]: "My top two selections are Sidney's Candy and Lookin At Lucky, but I'll go with Sidney's Candy for the win and..."
>>> Pricci [Horseraceinsider.com]: 1. Super Saver 2. Awesome Act 3. Lookin At Lucky 4. American Lion
>>> Roberts [Thistledown]: Sidney's Candy, Paddy O'Prado, Mission Impazible, Lookin At Lucky
>>> Rodriguez [Fresno Bee]: Awesome Act, Mission Impazible, Sidney's Candy, Make Music For Me
>>> Various: Albany, NY media
>>> Roedemeier [WHAS]: I'm going to go with Calvin Borel to win his second Derby. Lookin at Lucky will give him a fight. Sidney's Candy hangs on for third
>>> Moss [DRF]: Stately Victor has the right late-running style...
>>> Dupree [Atlanta Journal Constitution's Washington reporter]: I will throw #16 Awesome Act, #6 Stately Victor and #14 Mission Impazible into an exacta
>>> Ayers [Times-News]: Ice Box, Line of David, Paddy O'Prado
>>> S Finley [USA Today]: Key Lookin At Lucky first and second in trif and super bets, using American Lion, Dublin and Backtalk in the other positions [also top picks from various media-types]
>>> Drape [NY Times]: Lookin at Lucky, Super Saver, American Lion, Awesome Act
>>> White [HRTV]: 1. Lookin At Lucky, 2. Sidney's Candy. 3. Awesome Act, 4. Dean's Kitten... Plus a horse-by-horse analysis of the horses on my final Ky Derby Top 10 list
>>> Starr [NTRA.com]: Awesome Act, Lookin At Lucky, Devil May Care
>>> Cronley [ESPN.com]: 1. Lookin At Lucky, 2. Noble's Promise, 3. Super Saver, 4. Awesome Act

Fri 4/30 news:

>>> Equidaily again tabbed as an essential tool for Derby-watching, "...the single best source of horse racing news on the Internet."
>>> DRF Welsch's final Derby workout report card
>>> Beyer: Analysis of Derby field
>>> Transcript: Randy Moss/DRF Derby chat... "My pick is Stately Victor."
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: "There are several horses in the field who have looked good training in the slop this week..."
>>> Awesome Act's Brit-based trainer gets help from Asmussen barn while waiting for volcano-delayed flight
>>> Weather forecast muddies [!] the handicapping picture
>>> Fountaine: An off-track is just one piece in the handicapping puzzle. Here are some others...
>>> Pletcher undeterred by off track possibility
>>> Baffert-Gomez ready to rebound from SA Derby flap... Baffert, "I think he's the best rider in the country. But sometimes they all need maybe a little taking back behind the shed with a switch."
>>> NY Times: Baffert, Lukas, Zito - Three Derby trainers, each one of a kind
>>> Novak: Setting the scene at Churchill Downs
>>> Wesch: Dirt vs synthetic issue may surface
>>> Kling: "Here is my ranking of the 15 least likely to win..."
>>> Chart: Past Beyer figs for Derby wins
>>> USA TODAY examines Ky Derby luck (good and bad) from different viewpoints...
>>> Dutrow [Homeboykris]: "We've been training him for a long time for this race. He's going good, man. We're ready to roll."
>>> American Lion ready to roar
>>> Devil May Care tries to show girls rule
>>> How to pick a Kentucky Derby winner: Pick the horse with the best name
>>> LA Times: In the early hours of Thursday morning, the scene at the barns was vintage pre-Derby, with the talk about post positions, rain and tradition
>>> Backtalk's owner was inspired by 2002 Derby... "That was a thrill I couldn't even begin to express," went on shortly thereafter to purchase farm and owned first horse later, in 2006 [page 2 of article]
>>> Backtalk 'fit and ready'
Wall Street Journal Q&A with John Velazquez
>>> Kerrison: Post positions make for handicapping chaos
>>> VIDEO: Kentucky Derby a mixed blessing for trainer Barba
>>> Photo gallery: Backside Thurs at Churchill
>>> VIDEO: TTimes interviews Glen Fullerton - winner of the $100K Dreambet contest
>>> VIDEO: Thursday's 55th Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade
>>> Thurs: Pegasus Parade draws 235,000 enthusiastic fans
>>> Photo gallery: Kentucky Derby Festival Celebrity Luncheon on Thurs
>>> Federal regulation of racing debated at Thursday's National Conference on Equine Law in Lexington
>>> Triple Crown tracks consider return to one TV network - but which one?
>>> NBC's broadcast team comments on covering the Ky Derby... Producer, "When we come on the air at 4 p.m. we're going to be capturing all of the blend of racing, the spectacle, the pageantry and, as we get closer to race time, we transition more into traditional horse stories."
>>> Jock Jon Court gracious despite disappoint at losing Derby mount: "I'm old enough to understand that that's the way it goes."
>>> While rankling some industry insiders, Churchill's Bob Evans charges to the front
>>> VIDEO: Local TV news examines the declining racing industry -- After Oaks and Derby, what does the future hold for racing and Chuchill Downs?

Thurs 4/29 news:

>>> Derby post position draw quotes
>>> West: Draw for Derby's top two betting choices creates unpredictable race
>>> Baffert jokes about #1 post position: "Garrett likes to be inside. He likes to get a horse in trouble."
>>> One female trainer drops out -- another moves into the derby field
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Lucky No. 1?
>>> Wesch: Sidney's Candy may benefit from outside post
>>> Talamo tries again after Derby debut aborted last year
>>> Brooklynite will throw a Derby party -- and root for the horse named after his late brother, "...all of this has been completely sweet, even if it brings back memories. Itís been great going back to the memories of being little kids, of all the good stuff."
>>> Lukas hopes Dublin can finish Derby drive for five
>>> NTRA prez: "Why does [the Derby] connect to its audience so magically?..."
>>> Jerardi: Sons of Afleet Alex, Smarty Jones side-by-side at Ky Derby
>>> AP: 0-for-24 Pletcher says, "Honestly, if we win on Saturday, I don't think I'd be any better of a trainer than I am today."
>>> SoCal trainers tip towards Sidney's Candy
>>> AP: WinStar hoping to end 0-for-9 Derby hex
>>> Noble's Promise: Group of 25 working-class owners turns a $10K horse into a Derby contender
>>> Former NFL QB Terry Bradshaw among the Louisiana connections taking Mission Impazible to the Derby
>>> British-based Awesome Act chases glory in homeland
>>> Behind the scenes: Jockey, bartender, mutuel clerk -- how they prepare for Derby Day
>>> Clay: The bigfoots are back... Baffert, Lukas aim to spike the dry spell

Wed 4/28 news:

>>> Endorsement hurt, out of Derby
>>> Derby purse: $2,185,200 if 20 start
>>> Transcript: DRF Derby chat with Andy Beyer... "I don't remember a Derby where the top numbers were so closely bunched."
>>> Elusive prize: Some elite jockeys are still waiting for breakthrough Derby win
>>> Haskin: "Is there a potential Derby gods horse in this yearís Kentucky Derby?"
>>> #21 Backtalk needs one more defection to make the Derby field
>>> "Stories like this make the Derby."... Stately Victor carries into the Derby memories of a deceased friend
>>> Boston legal: Bay State lawyer excited to be part of Derby syndicate, "What other sport can you find Sheikh Mohammed standing next to a guy mucking out a stall? Just utterly fascinating."
>>> Kerrison: "The question on everyone's mind is: Will the Candy man outrun them all -- or will he get burned off in the attempt?"
>>> Calvin says don't leave him out
>>> Paddy O'Prado part-owner's expectation of hearing My Old Ky Home: "I cry when I don't have a horse in the Derby. I can't imagine what it's going to feel like this year."
>>> Trainer Ritter ready with Endorsement, "[WinStar] hired me because they have complete confidence in me as a trainer."
>>> Liebman: "Make it Devil May Care over Sidney's Candy for the Derby exacta."
>>> Ziegel: Trainer Ken McPeek has no trouble dealing with one horse, Noble's Promise, and his 24 owners
>>> Fortune not always looking at 'Lucky'... But it's certainly smiling on owners
>>> Derby post position process reverts to traditional 'pill-pull' format
>>> VIDEO: Baffert, Lukas, Zito back on biggest stage
>>> VIDEO: US Postal Service set to releases two commemorative envelopes featuring Mine That Bird and Rachel Alexandra
>>> On the outside looking in: SA Derby runner-up Setsuko to try the CD grass the day before the Derby

Tues 4/27 news:

>>> Conveyance cruises 5F in :59 4/5
>>> Awesome Act works in :48 1/5 in the slop
>>> Derby oddsmaker expects Lookin At Lucky to be 3-1 [maybe 7-2] ML fave
>>> Baffert: "My horse should not be favorite. Sidney's Candy beat me by nearly five lengths in the Santa Anita Derby. He should be the favorite."
>>> Downey: Who'll get to the eighth-pole first?
>>> Trainer has revealed stamina concerns for Awesome Act
>>> Finley: "I haven't figured out yet who is going to win the Kentucky Derby, but I have figured out how that horse is going to win..."
>>> DRF's Welsch: Q&A on this year's top workouts
>>> Another Derby heartbreak for John Velazquez
>>> Haskin's Derby Dozen
>>> Endorsement back on track for Derby
>>> What they cost: Auction prices for Derby contenders
>>> Handicapping: Three related trends have altered considerably what racing fans and handicappers believe make for a well-prepped Derby contender
>>> Wing: Derby handicapping puzzle... "Good 3-year-olds often leap forward in development without any warning whatsoever."
>>> Owner Jenny Craig cuts short Paris vacation... Prefers May in Louisville, especially if Sidneyís Candy wins the Derby
>>> Christine: Ten things to ask Derby's racing-gods
>>> Borel goes for another Derby... WinStar VP, "Using Calvin in the Derby is like riding that hot hand in a basketball game..."
>>> NY Times: "Getting [Dodgers mgr Joe] Torre hooked on horse racing was not a hard sell."
>>> Scott: "The feeling here is that Saturday's pace will be moderately fast, and that stalkers who are within a few lengths of the lead at the top of the stretch will be in the best position to win."
>>> Novak: It has been a tumultuous 48 hours for Pletcher...
>>> Ehalt: Defection of Eskendereya "certainly presents a perplexing wagering predicament."
>>> Eskendereya's scratching: Tough break for owner Zayat
>>> Minnesota college rooting for Paddy O'Prado... Will get chunk of winning purse
>>> WinStar giving the Derby its three best shots
>>> Trainer Sadler riding a hot streak... Brings his Calif hot streak to Churchill
>>> VIDEO: Courier-Journal's videos of Derby contenders [use scroll box on lower right of page]
>>> Ice Box has the ability
>>> Baffert back in the Derby spotlight

Mon 4/26 news:

>>> Beyer: "Most trainers have stopped employing sound judgment and horsemanship to determine whether a horse belongs in the Derby."
>>> Clay: A prime time Derby - run the race at night!
>>> Zast: Change the Triple Crown? "Two fallible positions accompany the debate between preservationists and progressives."
>>> D Wayne Lukas: "What I tell the young guys who are coming up is, you have to treat people the right way. So when a couple with their kid walk by the barn, you take the time to say hello and pose for a picture. When a celebrity comes over Derby week, you treat them well to keep them interested."
>>> Rule out... Devil May Care, Jackson Bend in... Interactif undecided
>>> Lookin At Lucky shines in final Derby work
>>> Line of David's Monday morn work, "wasn't really the work we wanted."
>>> Solid workout puts Noble's Promise in the Derby
>>> Rees: Why they can win the Derby - and why they cannot
>>> Haskin's Derby Report: Pletcher marches on
>>> Talamo hopes to put last year's schooling from Jerry Bailey to work, "Jerry just showed me the most important thing is to get the horse out of the gate."
>>> Wesch: Reviewing the past ten Derbies -- the Derbies of the 'oughts'
>>> Opposing trainers sympathize with Pletcher after Eskendereya scratch... Baffert, "When you have a horse like that, a freak of nature, it's just terrible, horrible. You don't want to hear that news."
>>> Derby media credential requests rebound
>>> Paddy O'Prado is 'dream of a lifetime'
>>> Top ten Derby storylines
>>> Novelty cup immortalizes Derby's last place finishers

Sun 4/25:

>>> Dublin does a jig during his gallop... Chestnut veers off course twice
>>> Devil May Care skims over the slop - and other workout opinions from DRF's Welsch
>>> After nine failed bids for the Ky Derby, Todd Pletcher believes Eskendereya can give him a win
>>> Iowa-based syndicate excited to be going to the Derby with Paddy O'Prado
>>> Ariz newspaper touts Tucson's connections to 2010 Ky Derby

Eskendereya out... Pletcher, "He is not lame. He is just slightly off, is how I would describe it."

Handicappers' intuition?

>>> Privman/Sat night DRF article: "After training hours on Saturday, every horse at Pletcher's barn who was walking the shed row had their training bandages removed except for Eskendereya. This follows a postponed final prep, from the Florida Derby to the Wood Memorial two weeks later, and the addition of front bandages for the Wood Memorial."
>>> Luicci/Apr 12: "Pletcher downplayed the front bandages (usually a sign of leg or tendon issues) his colt wore in running away from the field in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial and itís hard to argue after Eskendereya earned a 109 Beyer Speed Figure that race."
>>> Powell/Apr 9: " I still can't get beyond the front-leg bandages that he wore for the first time. Pletcher indicated after the race that they were purely preventative; that because Aqueduct's sandy surface can cause some horses to burn their heels, he wasn't taking any chances four weeks away from the Derby and had all his horses wear them on Saturday. I'll buy that at face value but racing has a history of trainers saying something when the reality is completely different. Think: Conquistador Cielo in the 1982 Travers."

Sat 4/24:

>>> Novak: "Equidaily definitely tops the list, but here are a few other sites of recommended reading heading into Derby week..."
>>> Shannon Ritter [Endorsement] could become first female trainer to win Derby
>>> Pletcher works five of his seven Kentucky hopes
>>> Sidney's Candy tunes up in the slop
>>> Ice Box, Paddy O'Prado reel off bullet works in the Churchill slop
>>> Despite rain, Derby workouts on schedule
>>> Kerrison: Derby to be the stage for match-up of training titans
>>> 38YO journeyman jock Terry Thompson didn't know if another Derby was in the cards after 2003 disappointment
>>> San Diego Union-Trib: Derby Ten panel give top picks for next weekend's race
>>> Derby ticket sales ahead of last year, track says
>>> Dirt surface doesn't slow Paddy O'Prado

Fri 4/23 news:

>>> Finley: "I pay zero attention to Kentucky Derby workouts, what anyone says about Kentucky Derby workouts and particularly what the trainer has to say about a Kentucky Derby workout."
>>> Nature of the game?... John Court, Rafael Bejarano and Line of David -- Two jockeys, one mount
>>> Plonk's Countdown to the Crown notes: "13 percent. That's the percentage of ALL Derby starters in the entire decade of the 2000s trained by one man, Todd Pletcher... the record speaks undeniably awful."
>>> Derby Trial - name fits the race this year
>>> Shandler: For now, here are the ten I will be eliminating as Derby win contenders
>>> Baffert: Lookin at Lucky "not a synthetic horse. He ran well on it because he's a really good horse."

Thurs 4/22 news:

>>> Welsch: Lookin At Lucky lookin' good
>>> Haskin's Ky Derby Trail: Question marks surround virtually everyone -- but, "Lookin At Lucky: Uh, letís see. There has to be a question."
>>> DRF: Seven Derby answers you need
>>> Pletcher still deciding who will run... "I don't know if it will be three or four or five."
>>> Homeboykris worked 6F on Wed
>>> MLB mgr/Derby owner Joe Torre visits Churchill, "This is pretty cool. I'm proud to be part of the team and the group that owns this horse." [with VIDEO]
>>> Jackson Bend works a solid 5F on Thurs
>>> Lex Herald-Leader: Derby notes Apr 22
>>> Photo gallery: Wed at CD

Wednesday 4/21 news:

>>> DRF workout watch: Three Derby workers on Tues, but no jackpot
>>> Pletcher filly a Derby possibility
>>> Moss: "We have the makings of a Derby pace meltdown to rival 2001 (Monarchos) and 2005 (Giacomo)."
>>> Noble's Promise has 'fantastic work'... But Derby start still up in air
>>> Awesome Act pleases in Churchill work on Tues
>>> Daley: Questions to ponder as the Derby draws near
>>> Horseraceinsider's Derby Ten: "By now, the field for the Kentucky Derby would be virtually set... Not so in this topsy-turvy run-up to Derby 136."
>>> Wood's Derby Dozen: "An expected contested pace has me leaning to a horse that should be able to rate and rally."
>>> Trainer Mike Maker closer to Kentucky Derby dream
>>> Photo gallery: Tues morning at Churchill
>>> Bejarano will ride Line of David
>>> Awesome Act: Don't let Wood flop fool you

Mon/Tues 4/19-20 news:

>>> Potential Kentucky Derby field - with graded earnings
>>> Crist: Pletcher's 0-24 Derby record is "a somewhat misleading stat... the closer you look at it."
>>> Derby Watch: The Todd Squad is set to converge on Churchill Downs
>>> Moran: "This is a Derby probably more open than the groundswell of support for Eskendereya would suggest."
>>> Arnold: "Why take any short price in 2010?"
>>> No blinkers for Lookin at Lucky
>>> Derby field shaping up -- but weekend's Derby Trial could still produce a new shooter
>>> Photo gallery: Derby backside Monday morning
>>> Derby hopeful Dublin has 'pretty' work
>>> Bejarano still looking for Derby ride
>>> Dominguez will ride Rule in Derby
>>> Wincze's Derby Dozen: #8. Jackson Bend: No one is keeping a closer eye on possible Derby defections than this colt's connections
>>> Haskin's Derby Dozen: #11 Paddy O'Prado... He has little shot running the same way he did in his last two races, but...
>>> Endorsement works 5F at Keeneland
>>> Derby stories: Owners of Line of David, "Which thing doesn't belong in this picture? That would be us. This is the sport of kings. We're in the wrong place."
>>> Shandler: Derby or no Derby, Pletcher has been masterful
>>> VIDEO: Local news covers Dublin's workout... Talks with jock and trainer


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