Pimlico Thursday Thoughts; 10 Days & Counting Til Kentucky Derby 138

April 25, 2012 | Gary Quill

Derby Week officially started a few days ago. Each of the projected twenty (20) starters have begun to trickle into Louisville to put in their final preparation for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.

One 3 year old who will pass the Derby and prep for the Preakness is Isn’t He Clever. Recently moved to the Steve Asmussen barn, the runner-up in the Sunland Derby was on the outside looking in as he was 21st on the graded stakes earnings list. He would have needed a defection from the top 20 who intend on entering the Derby, for Isn’t He Clever to get to the starting gate at Churchill Downs on May 5th.

The biggest Derby news involved the likely Morning Line favorite, Bob Baffert trained Bodemeister. His owners, Zayat Stables sold a minority interest in the Empire Maker colt to Michael Moreno, who races as Southern Equine Racing Stables. Moreno has acquired a number of top-class broodmares in recent years and said he bought into Bodemeister as part of his desire to now move into the stallion game.

All but one Derby riding assignment has been confirmed. Ramon Dominguez’s much anticipated decision on whether he’d ride Alpha or Hansen, came down on Monday. He’ll ride Hansen which means Godolphin Stables who owns Alpha will be looking for a new rider. Don’t be surprised if a jock from across the pond is named. Godolphin is very loyal to their riders, and could easily select a top European rider to guide Alpha in the biggest race of his career. Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount on El Padrino. Colm O’Donoghue will retain the mount on UAE Derby winner Daddy Long Legs. Martin Garcia will ride Liaison.

Pimlico Turf starting gate

Recapping selections from Day 14 (Sunday, April 22nd) was the roughest day of the meet by far with just 3 winners (none were Top Selections) having $2 Exacta in the 1st ($33.00) race; $1 Trifecta in the 1st ($58.60) race; $2 Late Double ($13.00).

The BEST BET of the Day (14 6-4-0) ran a game second at 7-2, returning $4.80 for the PLACE and $3.40 to SHOW. The LONGSHOT PICK (14 2-1-3) was sent off at odds of 10-1, showed some early speed but tired badly to finish 7th.

Selections for Day 15 at Pimlico Thursday, April 26th card below AFTER scratches.
Track Conditions: FAST and Turf is GOOD
Forecast is for 70% Chance of Showers. 1st race post is 1:10pm EDT.

Soup Of The Day: Potato, Bacon & Corn

1st race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L F&M for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#5 – Silver Speed (4-1)
#3 – Carmichael’s Prize (7-5)
#6 – Oh Please (5-1)

2nd race – $33,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#1 – Bigleagueprospect (10-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#2 – Fast Tempo (15-1)
#4 – Round Midnight (1-1)

3rd race – $12,500 Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#3 – Grazezing (4-1)
#6 – Tea Party Gal (20-1)
#4 – Musical Storm (30-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#6 – Angel’s Galaxy (7-2)
#1 – Country Chic (5-2)
#2 – Quiet Wave (6-1)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile on Turf
#8 – Moving West (9-5)
#3 – Rampaige (10-1)
#6 – Le Troubadour (6-1)

6th race – $33,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. & up – 6 furlongs
#1 – Coach Fridge (9-5)
#7 – Momma Outlaw (12-1)
#4 – Locche (5-1)

7th race – $33,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#5 – Corundum (6-1) *** BEST BET ***
#6 – Team Six (6-1)
#2 – Just Sayin (5-2)

8th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#1A – Safe Landing (6-1) POE: #1 Radio Relay scratched
#6 – Cherokee Raider (7-2)
#2 – Bubbling Springs (10-1)

9th race – $32,000 Optional Claiming N3X for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 mile
#4 – Plum (6-1)
#6 – Acting Happy (6-5)
#3 – Zesty Brew (7-2)

10th race – $25,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5 furlongs on Turf
#5 – Thisdanseistaken (6-1)
#7 – Bonbon Violette (9-5)
#3 – Wild Mocha (9-2)

Good Luck!

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  1. BillG Says:

    GQ,
    Maybe the most wide-open Derby in years. Back with a pick next week. My longshot bomber to hit the board for 3rd or 4th right now is Rousing Sermon. Looks like a hot pace and like how he ran in the Lousiana Derby down the middle of the track for 3rd on a very inside speed favoring track. Just a thought for now.

    [GQ added: Bill, What I like about your Rousing Sermon pick is the FG track played to Speed the entire meet, which did not bode well for his closing his Closing style. As you said, there will be more pace to run at in the Derby, but he'll need racing luck to get a clear path. You'll certainly get a price on him as I believe he'll be one of the longshot prices in the field.]

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