Pimlico: Selections for Thursday (Day 9)

May 01, 2008 | Gary Quill

The field is set for the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby. Undefeated Big Brown has been listed has the 3-1 Morning Line favorite. If he wins on Saturday, he will become the 1st colt in 93 years to have done it with only three previous career starts. Curlin, 2007 Horse of the Year, was also 3 for 3 coming into last years Derby. He finished 3rd, but went on to win the Preakness and run 2nd in the Belmont by a nose.
Another huge obstacle for the Morning Line favorite is his post position, #20. In Derby history, only one horse (Clyde Van Dusen in 1929) has ever started from that post and crossed the finish line first. So you may want to think twice before you “bet the farm” on Big Brown in the Derby.
Here’s how they’ll line-up in the duel-starting gates at Churchill Downs.         
(PP, Horse, Jockey, CD M/L)
1. Cool Coal Man, J.Leparoux, 20-1
2. Tale of Ekati, E.Coa, 15-1
3. Anak Nakal, R.Bejarano, 30-1
4. Court Vision, G.Gomez, 20-1
5. Eight Belles, G.Saez, 20-1
6. Z Fortune, R.Albarado, 15-1
7. Big Truck, J.Castellano, 50-1
8. Visionaire, J.Lezcano, 20-1
9. Pyro, S.Bridgmohan, 6-1
10. Colonel John, C. Nakatani, 4-1
11. Z Humor, R.Douglas, 30-1
12. Smooth Air, M.Cruz, 20-1
13. Bob Black Jack, R.Migliore, 20-1
14. Monba, R.Dominguez, 15-1
15. Adriano, E.Prado, 30-1
16. Denis of Cork, C.Borel, 20-1
17. Cowboy Cal, J.Velazquez, 20-1
18. Recapturetheglory, E.T.Baird, 20-1
19. Gayego, M.Smith, 15-1
20. Big Brown, K.Desormeaux, 3-1
Recapping Day 8 (April 27th) of the Pimlico Spring Meet …

Best Bet, Hitting Hard (# 2; 2nd race; 3-1) was sent off as the 9-5 2nd choice, but only raced “evenly” throughout the 1 1/16th mile Maiden race, finishing a distant 3rd

Longshot, She’s A Blue Devil (# 6; 8th race; 5-1) was scratched.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Glencairn (# 3; 9th race; 6-1) was scratched as well. If could have been worse… he could have started and ran out of the money. Something interesting to note… Horatio Karamanos was listed to ride Glencairn, but since he was scratched, it provided Horatio the opportunity to ride the eventual 6-1 winner, #11 Monster Echo.
Here’s what I like for the Day 9 (May 1st) of the Pimlico Spring Meet…
Best Bet:         The Student     (# 2; 4th race; 5-2)

Claimed for $7,500 in his most recent race, this 9 year old takes a step back up for new trainer Dove Houghton who gets to the Winner’s Circle with 29% of her runners first race off the claim.  

Longshot:        Crypto Prime (# 6; 3rd race on the turf; 10-1)

He’s winless in 7 lifetime efforts on the grass, but has placed 3 times. The fact that he ran in the MD Million Turf last October (lost by 18 lengths) and most recent race (Alw30000n1x) was taken off turf, tells me his connections believe in his ability on the sod. He should be right in the mix of things as they turn for home and be able to earn some purse money with a strong finishing kick.

SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $40.20

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Shining Punch (# 4; 6th race; 6-1)

Even though he’s only 2 for 20 lifetime. He’s hit the board in 14 of 20 starts including 3 runner-up finishes on the Pimlico oval in as many tries. He’s stretching out further than he’s ever run (8 ½ furlongs), but his running style suggests he should handle it.


Good Luck with your selections today!