It’s officially “Kentucky Derby Week” which should generate some buzz in the Baltimore area because in three weeks, Pimlico will host the 134th running of the Preakness. The Derby gets all the hype, but the reality is they run the Kentucky Derby to determine who is worthy to run in the Preakness.
Kentucky Derby Saturday workout news…At Palm Meadows, Florida Derby runner-up Dunkirk worked five furlongs in 1:01.05 over a fast track. This was his final major tune-up for the Derby. Godolphin Stables Derby duo turned in very impressive five furlong works. Regal Ransom recorded a 59.20 bullet while stablemate Desert Party stopped the clock at 59.60 on a fast Churchill Downs (CD) oval. The latter covered the final two furlongs in 22.91. Musket Man cruised to a 1.01.60 five furlong work at CD. Papa Clem turned in his second pedestrian-type workout at CD, going seven furlongs in 1:29.20. West Side Bernie breezed four furlongs at CD in 48.20.
Recapping Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 5 (Saturday, April 25th)…
Best Bet Baltimore Bob (# 11; 7th race on the turf; 4-1) raced wide throughout this contest which was enough of a handicap to eliminate any chance of contending in the final furlongs finishing a dull 6th. It should be noted that listed jockey Abel Castellano did not post for his assignment, leaving Juan Acosta to pickup the mount. Having this knowledge at the track raises a yellow flag that a top effort was not anticipated by his connections.
Longshot Mt. Ida (# 8; 3rd race on the turf; 10-1) was scratched.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $77 on Secret Field/Harmonizing (# 1/1A; 1st race 5-2) took down the SHOW parlay with a resounding thud as the overwhelming 1-2 entry favorite, running 4th and 5th while triggering huge SHOW payouts to the Top 3 finishers. The streak that started at the beginning of the Pimlico meet ends, but the bankroll still has funds to start another streak on Sunday.
For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 6 (Sunday, April 26th)…
Best Bet: Dancin Diane (# 5; 5th race on the turf; 5-1)
She ’s turf bred and ran a classic setup race showing speed going long on the grass before tiring in the lane. Today she turns back in distance (5 furlongs) and gets capable rider change in Clinton Potts.
Longshot: Wake Up Maggie (# 7; 8th race; 12-1)
The lack of early speed in this contest indicates this 4 year old filly can get an uncontested lead versus many of the 3 year old rivals. If she is able to match the 46 second 4 furlong split from two races back w/o too much pressure, chances are she’ll still be in the hunt approaching the wire.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $80.60 ($157.60 bankroll – $77 wager + $0 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Sir Togo (# 5; 4th race 8-1) first outing after being claimed was a forgettable 6th, but was over a sloppy track. If jockey Julian Pimentel can get him to relax, letting the abundance of speed here set a hot pace, Sir Togo may be able to rally and hit the board for a moderate SHOW payoff in this short field of six.
Let’s hope Day 6 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!