Derby Works, Pimlico Apprentice Sarah Rook batting 1.000

April 30, 2011 | Gary Quill

On Friday at Pimlico in the second race, apprentice Sarah Rook broke her maiden (i.e. won her first race) as a professional jockey with her first career mount. She was aboard 7-5 favorite Emosewa fro trainer Dickie Small. Travelling next to last entering the stretch, Rook knifed her way through the pack in mid-stretch then continued on between runners nearing the wire to guide her mount to a two length victory. Congratulations Sarah!


Sarah Rook

      Photo Credit: Jim McCue, MJC


Trainer Dickie Small has brought along a number of young female riders such as Rosie Napravnik, Andrea Seefledt, Jerilyn Brown and Forest Boyce. His game plan in the past has been to introduce them during the Pimlico meet and then see them blossom into a rider star at Colonial Downs in June and July.


Churchill Downs kicked off their meet with an Opening Night on Saturday with 1st race Post Time of 6pm. The feature race was the $200k Derby Trial, won by Machen who previously ran 4th in the Louisiana Derby. Odds are we’ll be seeing him on the 3rd Saturday in May at Pimlico. His victory will help valid the talents of Pants On Fire, Nehro and Mucho Macho Man who ran 1, 2, 3 respectively ahead of Machen in the LA Derby.        


Derby workouts on Friday morning…

                Animal Kingdom          CD   6f   fst   breezing      1:13.17

                Mucho Macho Man     CD   5f   fst   breezing      1:00.46

                Shackelford                  CD   5f   fst   breezing        :58.83

                Twice The Appeal        CD   6f   fst   breezing      1:15.62

                Twinspired                    Cdt  5f    fst   breezing      1:01.20



Answer to Saturday’s Derby trivia question… Uncle Mo was going to be the prohibitive Derby favorite, until his undefeated record ended when he finished 3rd in the Wood Memorial. The last Kentucky Derby winner who ran 3rd in the Wood was “Big Red” himself, Secretariat (1973).


Today’s Derby trivia question…likely Derby starters Santiva, Stay Thirsty, Soldat, and Watch Me Go turned in disappointing efforts in their final Derby prep races, finishing 9th, 7th, 5th and 6th, respectively. Who was the last Kentucky Derby winner to have finished worse than fourth in his previous start? 



Recapping, Day 17 (Saturday, April 30th) at the Pimlico Spring Meet…


Best Bet Lisette (#1 1st race; M/L 2-1); P/T 8-5) never got the lead but tracked the leaders well, made a strong move in the final furlong but came up 1½ lengths short, good enough only for SHOW returning $3.80.

Best Bet pick scorecard from 17 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 5 WIN – 2 PLACE – 5 SHOW.

Longshot  Lite Up The Nite (#8 3rd race on turf; M/L 10-1; P/T 8-1) hung around the back of the pack early then made a late run to only get up to 4th.

Longshot pick scorecard from 17 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 3 WIN – 4 PLACE – 1 SHOW




Here’s how the WDYL (Who Do Ya Like?) Plays panned out…


1st race ($1 DD):  1, 4 w/ 1, 4 ($4)… came 3-3

2nd race (.50 P3): 1, 4 w/ 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 w/ 2 ($10)… came 3-3

4th race: #2 – Dance Raven Dance (8-5) … PLACED $2.80 $2.40

5th race ($1 Ex. Box): 1, 10, 11)… came 1-9

7th race: #12 – Ready To Party (3-1) … OTB

8th race: #3 – Indian Rodeo (4-1) … SCRATCHED

9th race: #10 – Baletti (2-1) … OTB

10th race ($1 DD): 1, 4, 5 w/ 2, 5, 9 ($9)… came 7-9



For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 18 (Sunday, May 1st ) … 


Soup of the Day: Tomato & Rice  


           Bet with your head, not over it!


Best Bet: Bait And Switch (#7 6th race; M/L 3-1) has been running 5½ furlong sprints and quitting in the lane, so how is he going to win running further? Answer: Getting the lead without feeling any pressure from his rivals early will help him gut it out the full 6 furlongs.          



Longshot: Musictotheears (#6 8th race M/L 6-1) is a Charlestown shipper who could be the only runner wanting any part of the early lead. Considering this is a sprint (6 furlongs) and Old Hilltop is starting to show signs of favoring front runners, its worth a shot here.   


Other “Who Do Ya Like” (WDYL) Plays…  

1st race ($1 DD):  6, 7 w/ 3, 6 ($4)

3rd race: #8 – Northsight (9-2) improves off debut w/ Lasix

5th race: #6 – Motown Hustle (10-1) bred to succeed on grass and going long

7th race: #2 – Miss Hard Ten (10-1) been waiting for turf race for first go in 2011

8th race: #3 – Indian Rodeo (4-1) could steal it on the front end

9th race ($1 DD): 1, 5, 7 w/ 4, 6 ($6)




Enjoy a great day of thoroughbred horse racing. Share the fun with a friend.