Kentucky Derby Certain To Have 20 Starters; Selections for Fan Friday at Pimlico (Day 10)

April 18, 2013 | Gary Quill

With just two (2) weeks until the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, it appears that a full field of 20 will be entered. In the initial year of the Derby Point system determining the pecking order (instead of graded stakes earnings) as to who gets in and who’s left out. There are a few who have enough points to start in the Derby, but their connections do not live in a fantasy world and believe their horse is not cut out to compete at the 1¼ mile distance.

Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

At this writing, fifteen (15) 3-year-olds have already arrived at Churchill Downs for the Run For The Roses, the first leg of horse racings Triple Crown .  A few others who qualify are on the fence which keeps the connections of those who sit just beyond #20, between a rock and a hard place, not knowing whether to ship to Louisville or not.

On Saturday, the G3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes offers up 20 Derby points to the winner, 10 points to the runner-up and 5 to the 3rd place finisher. There are eleven (11) entered, ten colts and one filly. The filly (Pure Fun) is already penciled in for the Kentucky Oaks. Therefore unless she wins, the winner of this race could conceivably get into the Derby field.

Here is the current Derby point standings…

The racing term of the day is #109… “Flatten Out”

Recapping Pimlico’s Thursday 9-race card posted had only 4 winners (2 Top Selection in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $6.20 (1st race), $14.80 (2nd), $5.80 (4th) and $15.60 (8th).

The BEST BET of the Day (8 4-0-1) Storm Catlilly (R9 #8 2-1 PT; 9-2 M/L) got pinched at the start and was unable to use his speed to be among the early leaders. Moved up on the far turn but extremely wide and ran evenly through the stretch to a disappointing 6th as the betting favorite.

The LONGSHOT PICK (8 4-0-1) Fiji Boy (R1 #6 6-1 PT; 20-1 M/L) went off as the 4th choice in a 5 horse race (after 3 scratches), allowed the 7-5 and 9-5 chalk duel on the lead, then pounced on both entering the stretch. Found resistance from the 9-5 runner throughout the lane, but was able to shake him off in the final strides to pay $14.80 to WIN, $6.00 to PLACE and $3.20 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $50 on Snap It (R2 #5; 9-5 PT, 9-2 M/L) did his job by finishing in the money (2nd), but the SHOW pay-off suffered (only $2.20) as 3 of the 8 entered in this contest were scratched. It adds $5.00 to the $50.30 SHOW parlay amount for Day 10.

Selections for the Day 10 Pimlico Friday, April 19th card are on Page 2.