Pimlico Thursday Thoughts; Done Talking Has Maryland Connections Thinking Derby

April 11, 2012 | Gary Quill

This past Saturday (April 7th) there were three graded stakes races for 3 year olds which shattered plenty of Kentucky Derby dreams, but sent the connections of the Illinois Derby winner Done Talking into a state of euphoria. Owned by Skeedattle Stable, trained by Maryland-based conditioner Hamilton Smith, and ridden to victory by Sheldon Russell, who won the riding title at ther recently concluded Laurel Park Winter meet, the 3 year old son of Broken Vow has a very good chance to take this trio onto Louisville and Run For The Roses on Saturday May 5th.

This years 3 year old crop lacks a single standout performer. Therefore, without question the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby will have the maximum number (of 20) breaking from the gate, in hopes of capturing the first jewel of thoroughbred horse racings Triple Crown. The Sport Of Kings is in a 34 year drought as it last celebrated in 1978 when Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, known as the Triple Crown. When more then twenty (20) are entered to run in the Derby, the pecking order is determined by the amount of graded stakes race earnings. Done Talking’s victory in the G2 $500k Illinois Derby earned him $300k which catapulted him into 17th place on the graded stakes earning list, with $311k.

There are just a few more graded stakes races prior to the Derby. Most significant as far as posing a threat to Done Talking’s Top 20 status are the Arkansas Derby and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. Both are run on Saturday (Apr. 14th) and each has a total purse of $1,000,000 with the winners share being $600k and the runner-up getting $200k. If the top two finishers in each race currently sit behind Done Talking, outside of the Top 20, that would push him down to the 21st spot. Fortunately, there are a few horses in the Top 20 who are unlikely to be entered in the Kentucky Derby. One being Louisiana Derby 109-1 winner Hero Of Orders, as he is not TC nominated. Others in the Top 20 who might bypass the Derby are Yang Tse Kiang, Liaison, Drill and Trinniberg. So as Done Talking was a 12-1 longshot when winning the Illinois Derby, it appears he’s even a longer shot to NOT get a chance to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Pimlico Turf starting gate

Recapping selections from Day 6 (Saturday, April 7th) had 6 winners (4 Top Selections) with $2 Exactas in 5th ($29.60), 6th ($8.00), 10th ($14.40) and 11th ($34.20) races; $2 Late Double ($16.20) in races 10 & 11. The BEST BET of the Day (6 2-2-0) ran a huge race and was well supported at the windows, winning and returning $6.60 WIN, $3.00 PLACE and $2.20 SHOW while the LONGSHOT PICK (6 0-1-1) was in contention early but tired in deep stretch failing to hit the board at odds of 12-1, finishing 4th.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Yes He Did (#1; 8th race; M/L 8-1) was more like No He Didn’t as he turned in a dull effort, laying to rest this year’s dreadfully poor attempt in sustaining a SHOW Parlay.

Selections for Day 7 at Pimlico Thursday, April 12th card after the early scratches are posted below.

Soup Of The Day: Potato, Bacon & Corn

1st race post is 1:10pm EDT. Track Condition… Dirt: FAST Turf: FIRM

1st race – $5,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. – 1 1/16 mile
#6 – Brother Bird (4-1)
#3 – Gold Casing (10-1)
#1– Desert Falcon (5-2)

2nd race – $5,000 Starter Allowance 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#1A/1 – Smiling Jordan/Safe Landing (3-1)
#5 – Battleground (5-2)
#3 – Awesome Rhythm (8-1)

3rd race – $33,000 Maiden Special Weight for 2 y.o. – 4 1/2 furlongs
#3 – Set To Smoke (6-1)
#6 – Brenda’s Way (3-1)
#4 – Craftwell’s Belle (8-1)

4th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#5 – Culpepper Colonel (6-1) *** BEST BET ***
#3 – Borreal Forest (9-5)
#2 – The Caller (4-1)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#2 – Am So Happy (15-1)
#5 – Ronnie James (5-1)
#4 – Our Half (5-1)

6th race – $8,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 4y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1/1A – Haitian Nation / Riley’s Rampage (1-1)
#5 – Little Chicken (10-1)
#3 – Political Diva (20-1)

7th race – $10,000 Starter Allowance for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5f on Turf
#6 – Toni’s The Won (2-1)
#8 – World Gone Wrong (9-2)
#2 – Virginia Dream (8-1)

8th race – $33,000 Maiden Special Weight for 3 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#2 – Shadow Shogun (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#7 – Star Of Magic (9-5)
#8 – Big Kick (10-1)

9th race – $35,000 Allowance N1X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#3 – Imoratas (7-2)
#5 – Saintly Love (3-1)
#4 – Zagarello (9-2)

10th race – $12,500 Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5f on Turf
#9 – Nuit de Chance (2-1)
#11 – Nasreen (3-1)
#7 – Fancy Notion (7-2)

Good Luck!

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  1. Eric Says:

    Done Talking finished the Illinois Derby with a very pedestrian 85 Beyer. That is well below the better 3 year old performers. His connections would be wise to bypass the Derby.

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