The fun and excitement of the Triple Crown will take center stage this afternoon. The 135th Kentucky Derby is a “Can’t Miss” event for me. The Kentucky Derby truly represents horse racing, as the sport of kings. A who’s who of celebrities, royalty, millionaires fills the stands. The spectacle starts with the parties, continues with the parade of ladies hats, and finishes with the race. The run for the roses is never disappointing. Is there a more exciting two minutes in sports?
I’m not a regular at the tracks but I love the Triple Crown. I’ve played the ponies a few times over the years, but I’m far from an expert. You need to look at the horses’ bloodline and recent record, type of track and the track conditions, which jockeys and trainers are hot, and must be able to read the vibe the horse is giving off. You have to be a scientist and a psychic. I take the easy way out. I pick a jockey, a number, or a color and stick with it for the day. If a name jumps out and grabs me I’ll play it too.
After reading the profiles of the horses on the courier-journal.com these are my top picks for today. I’ve left some higher profiled horses off my list. I just didn’t catch a good vibe from them.
Dunkirk: He won the Florida Derby. Todd Pletcher his trainer, has been the best trainer in America the past 15 years. He is the reigning four-time Eclipse Award winner. Pletcher has never had a Kentucky Derby Winner and is due.
I Want Revenge: He won his first 2 races on dirt, the Gotham Stakes and Wood Memorial. He has been a very hot of late.
Papa Clem: He won the Arkansas Derby. His jockey, Rafael Bejarano has been hot lately. He has won six straight meet titles in California.
Friesan Fire: He won the Louisiana Derby. Trainer Larry Jones and owner Richard Porter experienced the “Joy of Victory and the Agony of Defeat,” at last year’s Derby. Their filly, Eight Belles, finished second but injured herself and had to be euthanized. Here’s hoping they experience nothing but joy this year.
Today’s race will be close until they come down the backstretch. A pack of 5 horses will break out and sprint to the finish. And down the stretch they come……
I Want Revenge battles Dunkirk for the lead and pulls away at the end to win by 2 lengths.
Dunkirk fades at the end and is almost caught by Friesan Fire who was coming on strong at the finish. Dunkirk holds off Friesan Fire by a nose.
I hope you enjoy the Derby today as much as I do. Have fun with your picks whether you are laying down a few sheckles or not. Relax and invite some friends over. Share some good food, good times, and the most exciting 2 minutes in all of sports. I’ll be sipping on a Mint Julep dreaming about my first trip to the Church Hill Downs and enjoying the day.