With just three (3) 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, about 15 3-year-olds have secured their spot.
The Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby, both run on Saturday, are the final two Derby preps that could catapult four (4) 3-year-olds into the Kentucky Derby. Each race awards 100 points to the winner and 40 points to the runner-up. There are plenty colts who fit that bill. Carve, War Academy, Divine Ambition, Heaven’s Runway, Texas Bling, and Frac Daddy all race in the Arkansas Derby. The Blue Grass Stakes is filled with turf and synthetic surface runners hoping to crash the Derby Party. Those in need of no less than a top 2 finish are My Name Is Michael, Undrafted, Palace Malice, Channel Isle, Charming Kitten, Tesseron, Footbridge, Balance The Books, Rydilluc, and Fear the Kitten.
The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #101… “Feature Race”
Recapping Pimlico’s Sunday 9-race card posted had only 4 winners (1 Top Selection in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.20 (4th race), $4.20 (5th), $12.40 (4th), $7.40 (7th) and $5.20 (9th).
The BEST BET of the Day (4 2-0-1) Ellipse (R7 #5 5-2 PT; 3-1 M/L) took the lead right out of the gateand maintained it while jock Sheldon Russell slowed the 2nd quarter to 23.48 after a 22.36 opening quarter. When rivals got in gear he had enough left to pull away to the victory, returning $7.40 to WIN, $4.80 PLACE and $2.40 SHOW.
The LONGSHOT PICK (4 1-0-1) Termsofengagement (R1 #5 4-1 PT; 6-1 M/L) lead from the gate to the top of the stretch, got collared by the favorite, but ran on gamely to salvage 3rd, returning $2.80 to SHOW.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Proud Daddy (R3 #6; 9-5 PT, 5-2 M/L) was outrun early as the betting favorite, never was a threat to win, but did manage to rally in the stretch for an uneventful 3rd to pay $2.40 for the SHOW. Add $4 to the $20 wager and try to build on it in Day 5.
Selections for the Day 5 Pimlico Thursday, April 11th card are Page 2.