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Black-Eyed Susan Pink Party Day at Old Hilltop features 4 and 2 legged fillies

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Black-Eyed Susan Pink Party Day at Old Hilltop features 4 and 2 legged fillies

Posted on 16 May 2013 by Gary Quill

BES Pink Warrior Funnie
Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

Kudos to The Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary, Georganne Hale, for constructing a terrific racing card on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s card has 13 races featuring the $500,000 G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3 year old fillies (race 10).

There are two (2) events on Friday that highlight 2 legged female athletes. The 4th race is the 4th annual Lady Legends For The Cure race where a field of eight (8) thoroughbreds will be ridden by retired female jockeys. This is part of The Maryland Jockey Club teaming up with Susan G. Komen For The Cure for the day with additional events to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer. One of the participating jockeys, Patti “PJ” Cooksey (far left in picture below) is a breast cancer survivors. The other ladies in the irons are (from left to right) Zoe Cadman (back for her 2nd year), first-time starter Stacie Clark-Rogers, Jennifer Rowland Small (winner of the 2012 race), Barbara Jo Rubin (first woman to win a race against men at a recognized track), Cheryl White (first African-American female jockey) and Mary Russ Tortora (4-year participant). Not pictured is Abigail Fuller, another first-time starter.

In addition to her earnings in the race, each rider will receive a $3,500 bonus. Pimlico will match the amount wagered on the 2013 winner in-state and make a contribution to Komen Maryland.

The third event is the Battle of the Sexes Challenge. It’s a jockey’s challenge that features four of the North America’s top female jockeys versus four of the nation’s best male riders, competing in four races with points award­ed based upon their finish.

Competing on the female side will be former Maryland sensation Rosie Napravnik, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Forest Boyce and Kristina McManigell. The male fearsome foursome is made up of John Velazquez, Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario and Gary Stevens.

The jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments were determined by a drawing Sunday, May 12, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The champion jockey will earn $10,000. Other prize money: $7,000 (second), $6,000 (third), $4,000 (fourth), $2,000 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth through eighth).

Another special wager begin offered on Friday is a Pimlico Special – Preakness DOUBLE wager. So take your best shot at picking the winners for these races  for a potentially handsome payoff.

Recapping Pimlico Day 25 selections from Thursday 9-race card posted just 5 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $7.00 (2nd race), $8.00 (3rd), $5.60 (4th), $6.80 (5th) and $9.80 (6th).

The BEST BET (24 10-4-2) Cacaway (R5 #10 2-1 PT; 5-2 M/L) was unhurried early, raced outside foes on the far turn, swung very wide turning for home, sprinted clear in mid-stretch and prevailed under urging to return $6.80 to WIN, $4.20 to PLACE and $2.80 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (24 5-1-2) Moon Dreamer (R3 #1 9-2 PT; 6-1 M/L) saved ground while disputing the early pace but faltered in mid-stretch finishing 6th.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #137…  “Green

Selections for Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan Day card are on Page 2.

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Orb Draws #1 Post as 1-1 M/L Favorite in Preakness Field of 9

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Orb Draws #1 Post as 1-1 M/L Favorite in Preakness Field of 9

Posted on 15 May 2013 by Gary Quill

Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby will break from the #9 hole has been listed as the prohibitive 6-5 Morning Line for the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.

Early evening on Wednesday the Post Positions were drawn for Saturday’s 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. A field of 9 will break from the starting gate on Saturday at approximately 6:18pm for this 1 3/16 mile middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Below is how they’ll line-up in the starting gate, along with track oddsmaker Frank Carulli’s Morning Line and what I (G.Q.) predict will be the Post Time odds…

PP

HORSE

SILKS

JOCKEY

TRAINER

M/L

G.Q.

1.

Orb

Janney silks

Joel Rosario

Shug McGaughey

1-1

3-5

2.

Goldencents

WC Racing silks

Kevin Krigger

Doug O’Neill

8-1

9-1

3.

Titletown Five

GB5 silks

Julien Leparoux

D. Wayne Lukas

30-1 33-1

4.

Departing

Claiborne silks

Brian Hernandez

Al Stall, Jr.

6-1

7-1

5.

Mylute

Gold Mark silks

Rosie Napravnik

Tom Amoss

5-1

7-1

6.

Oxbow

Calumet silks

Gary Stevens

D. Wayne Lukas

15-1

14-1

7.

Will Take Charge

Horton silks

Mike Smith

D. Wayne Lukas

12-1

13-1

8.

Govenor Charlie

Pegram silks

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

12-1

9-1

9.

Itsmyluckyday

Fipke silks

John Velazquez

Eddie Plesa, Jr.

10-1

12-1

Preakness Funnie with Crab

Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

Recapping Pimlico Day 24 selections from Sunday’s 10-race card posted 7 winners (5 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $2.80 (1st race), $8.80 (3rd), $2.40 (4th), $10.60 (5th), $4.80 (6th), $5.60 (7th) and $2.60 (9th).

The BEST BET (23 9-4-2) Tell Me a Story (R9 #2 1-5 PT; 8-5 M/L) the plethora of scratches on the Sunday card absolutely destroyed the price on this Sagamore Farm runner. She saved ground on the turns, set a pressured pace, bumped with a rival in upper stretch and drove clear late to return a paltry $2.60 to WIN and $2.10 to PLACE (no SHOW wagering).

The LONGSHOT PICK (23 5-1-2) Next Level (R3 #7 3-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) reluctant to load into the starting gate, sped to the early lead, saved ground setting the pace and was under urging in the stretch to score by 4½ lengths to return $8.80 to WIN, $5.00 to PLACE and $4.20 to SHOW.

Frankie Lovato’s JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #136… “Graded Race”

Selections for the Day 25 Pimlico Thursday, May 16th card are on Page 2.

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Happy Mother’s Day; Selection Sunday at Pimlico

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Happy Mother’s Day; Selection Sunday at Pimlico

Posted on 12 May 2013 by Gary Quill

Even though there is Sunday racing at Old Hilltop, this handicapper put his priorities in order (for once) and put his Mom first. She may not have taught me how to read past performances, or how recognize a track speed bias and/or determine a horses’ readiness by observing his/her physical movements in the post parade, but she taught a whole lot more. How to cook, to be accountable for my actions, have faith, respect others and to love, just to name a few.

Thanks Mom for loving and believing in me. To everyone who reads this blog, spend time with your Mom, whether it be in the same physical location or spiritually. Every Mom is a special person. Make sure you express your feelings and love for her, not only on Mother’s Day, but every day of the year.

Preakness Funnie with Crab
Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

Recapping Pimlico Day 23 selections from Saturday 11-race card posted 8 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $5.60 (2nd race), $3.60 (3rd), $4.60 (4th), $12.20 (5th), $4.60 (7th), $10.80 (9th), $3.20 (10th) and $6.00 (11th).

The BEST BET (22 8-4-2) Brand New Moves (R3 #1 5-1 PT; 7-2 M/L) chased the 4-5 betting favorite pace setter in vain, then faltered entering the stretch to finish 4th.

The LONGSHOT PICK (22 4-1-2) Grand Sam (R6 #3 7-1 PT; 15-1 M/L) was up close early on, dropped back after a half mile, altered course to be four wide entering the stretch but lacked a rally to finish evenly in 5th.

Frankie Lovato’s  JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #132…  “Good Bottom

Selections for the Day 24 Pimlico Sunday, May 12th card are on Page 2.

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Sue Steel named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior; Saturday Selections at Old Hilltop

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Sue Steel named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior; Saturday Selections at Old Hilltop

Posted on 10 May 2013 by Gary Quill

BALTIMORE, 05-10-13Sue Steel has been named 2013 Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior for the 138th Preakness Stakes. Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior serves as the official Preakness ambassador at all events leading up to and including the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.

Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, have developed a partnership to raise funds to aid awareness and research that will take place on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 17. Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 25% will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.

The original Miss Preakness contest was refashioned in 2010 to honor breast cancer survivors and individuals who have made a difference in the lives of those fighting breast cancer. The name Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior is in recognition of Candy Coburn’s popular song, “Pink Warrior”.

Steel, who lives in Eldersburg, Md., is a 16-year breast cancer survivor. The 49-year-old was first diagnosed in 1997, only days before her mother succumbed to the disease. Six days after her mother’s funeral, Steel was admitted to the hospital for a double mastectomy and has endured 15 additional surgeries. During her initial recovery she decided to do something meaningful so that her daughter would not have to face this disease.

“My goal is to show other young women that they can survive this disease and go on to lead a healthy, active life,” Steel said. “Early detection is key.”

Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will represent the Maryland Jockey Club at official Preakness events throughout the week, including the Post Position draw on Wednesday, May 15, the Alibi Breakfast the following morning and at a prominent place on the storied cupola for the presentation of the Woodlawn Vase following next Saturday’s Preakness.

In recognition of Komen’s signature shade, Pimlico will be awash in pink on Black-Eyed Susan Day. The color pink will brand the day, with horses and pony riders on the track who will be sporting pink saddle towels, featuring the unity logo representing both partners. Valets and starters will be decked in pink gear and festive linens, flowers and banners will blanket Pimlico. For the first time, the Pimlico starting gate will also be pink for the day.


Above photos credit Jim McCue, MJC

Recapping Pimlico Day 22 selections from Friday 10-race card posted a pathetic 4 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $5.00 (4th race), $3.00 (6th), $3.80 (8th), $15.20 (9th) and $x.x0 (10th).

The BEST BET (21 8-4-2) Seattle Salute (R4 #6 9-2 PT; 6-1 M/L) did all the dirty work on the front end, left nothing on the track fighting off the #8 only to have the 3-2 PT favorite sneak up on the outside to get up in the last few jumps to snatch victory from Seattle Salute, who returned $3.80 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (21 4-1-2) Miss Speak (R3 #12 11-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) was never involved throughout this contest, running evenly while wide turning for home, never showed any interesting finishing 6th.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #131… “Going

Selections for the Day 23 Pimlico Saturday, May 11th card are on Page 2.

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No Shortage of Horses For Preakness Weekend Races; Fan Friday Picks at Pimlico

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No Shortage of Horses For Preakness Weekend Races; Fan Friday Picks at Pimlico

Posted on 09 May 2013 by Gary Quill

BALTIMORE, 05-09-13— While the Preakness is rightfully the centerpiece of the Pimlico spring meeting, sixteen (16) other stakes (six graded) for thoroughbreds will provide a weekend full of excitement for racing fans. A total of 499 horses were nominated to those added-money races.

Preakness Funnie with Crab
Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

The $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) headline the Friday, May 17th card that features six other stakes races. Thirty-one three-year-old fillies were nominated to the Black-Eyed Susan, including Sagamore Farms Walkwithapurpose, who won a pair of stakes races at Laurel Park this winter. Thirty runners were nominated to the Pimlico Special, including Maryland-bred Richard’s Kid, who has earned $2.3 million and won three Grade 1 races.

When asked if there are any confirmed fillies for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Coleman “Coley” Blind, MJC’s Stakes Coordinator provided these… Emollient, Lady Banks, Manuka Honey, Maracuya and (possibly) Flashy Gray.

Thirty-five fillies were nominated to the $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes. Thirty-two horses were nominated to the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, including 15-time stakes winner Ben’s Cat. Thirty-five female turf specialists were nominated to the $100,000 The Very One Stakes, while twenty-six were nominated to the $100,000 Skipat Stakes. Thirty-six three-year-old fillies were nominated to the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes and another sixteen to the $40,000 Kattegat’s Pride Starter Handicap for Maryland-breds.

The Pimlico racing office will draw the May 17th card on Sunday afternoon.

The Saturday, May 18 Preakness undercard features eight added money races, including four graded. Thirty-six top grass specialists were entered in the $300,000 Dixie Stakes (G2). Thirty-two fillies and mares were nominated to the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (G3). The $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (G3) features forty-one nominations. Twenty-five fillies and mares were nominated to the $150,000 Allaire duPont Distaff (G3). Thirty-three three-year-old sprinters were nominated to the $100,000 Chick Lang. Forty-four turf specialists were nominated to the $100,000 James Murphy. Twenty-eight two-year olds were nominated to the $75,000 Rollicking Stakes. There were nineteen Maryland-breds on the list for the $40,000 Deputed Testamony Starter Handicap.

The Pimlico racing office will draw the May 18 card on Wednesday, May 15th.

Recapping Pimlico Day 21 selections from Thursday 9-race card posted had 5 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.80 (1st race), $3.80 (2nd), $2.40 (3rd), $11.80 (5th) and $5.80 (6th).

The BEST BET (20 8-3-2) Bert B Don  (R2 #1 5-2 PT; 3-1 M/L) saved ground around the turn, swung out in upper stretch and rallied, but was no match for the 4-5 winner, settling for second to return $2.80 PLACE and $2.80 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (20 4-1-2) Our Silver Crown (R4 #4 19-1 PT; 12-1 M/L) raced three wide turning for   home, failed to rally and lugged in near the sixteenth pole to finish a well beaten 6th.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #130…  “Girth

Selections for the Day 22 Pimlico Friday, May 10th card are on Page 2.

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Preakness Contender List Holding at 12; Thursday Selections at Pimlico

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Preakness Contender List Holding at 12; Thursday Selections at Pimlico

Posted on 08 May 2013 by Gary Quill

Less than 12 hours after the blanket of roses was removed from Kentucky Derby winner Orb, representatives from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) were busy at Churchill Downs recruiting Derby runners for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

One of the first to commit to running in the Preakness and shipped in to Old Hilltop was Goldencents, 17th in the Derby. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief, trained by Doug O’Neill is following the exact schedule as the 2012 Derby and Preakness winner, I’ll Have Another.

Goldencents arrived at Pimlico in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (1:30am) with assistant trainer Jack Sisterson and much of the same crew who handled I’ll Have Another while in Baltimore. The only diversion is the jockey. Last year Mario Gutierrez was the jockey, but this year Kevin Krigger got the call, as he is the only jockey who has ever ridden Goldencents in his seven career starts.

In an unusual move, Krigger came to Pimlico 10 days in advance of the Preakness to prepare, gallop and workout Goldencents. At the same time, Krigger is sacrificing mounts on the west coast in return for dedication to Team O’Neill. It’s a gamble the St. Croix native has no qualms taking.

Preakness Funnie with Crab

As of this writing (Wednesday, May 8th) the list of Preakness contenders stand at 12, they are:

 Goldencents (Krigger/O’Neill; 17th in KY Derby) – confirmed; arrived on May 7th

 Orb (Rosario/McGaughey; 1st in KY Derby) – confirmed; will ship on May 14th

 Departing (Hernandez/Stall; 1st in Illinois Derby) – confirmed; will ship on May 15th

 Oxbow (Stevens/Lukas; 6th in KY Derby) – confirmed

 Will Take Charge (M. Smith/Lukas; 8th in KY Derby) – confirmed

 Itsmyluckyday (J. Velazquez/Plesa; 15th KY Derby) – confirmed

 Titletown Five (Leparoux/Lukas; 4th in Derby Trial) – confirmed

 Vyjack (TBA/Rodriguez;18th in KY Derby) – probable

 Governor Charlie (TBA/Baffert; 1st in Sunland Derby) – possible; decision after workout on Sunday or Monday

 Normandy Invasion (TBA/Brown; 4th in KY Derby) – possible; decision over the weekend

 Mylute (Napravnik/Amoss; 5th in KY Derby) – possible; decision will be made Saturday

 Street Spice (Sanchez/Geier; 5th in Illinois Derby) – possible; decision after weekend workout

Recapping Pimlico Day 20 selections from “Chalky” Sunday 10-race card posted had 6 winners (4 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.40 (2nd race), $8.00 (3rd), $3.80 (4th), $10.20 (5th), $4.00 (8th) and $2.60 (9th).

The BEST BET (19 8-2-2) Sir Cotton (R3 #5 3-1 PT; 2-1 M/L) received no early action at the betting windows (6-1) which is never a good sign for a 2-1 M/L. Come Post Time the foolish public thought they were getting a deal with those odds, and bet him down to 3-1, but he ran like a 6-1 or worse, racing along the rail towards the back, outrun beating just 1 rival in a six horse field.

The LONGSHOT PICK (19 4-1-2) Star Maneuver (R5 #7 13-1 PT; 20-1 M/L) was forwardly positioned early, turned for home in the four path while in contention to hit the board, but weakened in the final 1/16th to finish 4th.

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #129…  “Getting In

Selections for the Day 21 Pimlico Thursday, May 9th card will be on Page 2.

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Kentucky Derby Analysis and Selections; Plus Pimlico Picks for Saturday

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Kentucky Derby Analysis and Selections; Plus Pimlico Picks for Saturday

Posted on 03 May 2013 by Gary Quill

Christmas has finally arrived for thoroughbred horse players everywhere. Churchill Downs is to horse racing as Augusta National is to golf, as Daytona Speedway is to NASCAR, and as the Rose Bowl is to College Football. Rain or shine, nothing will dampen our enthusiasm come 6:24pm EDT on Saturday as we watch the most exciting 2 minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby.


Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

The forecast for the Louisville area is for showers from Friday evening through Post Time on Saturday, high in the low 60′s degrees. That really throws a wrench into an already tough task of handicapping this race due to the fact the track will most likely be sealed and sloppy come the Derby, which is the 11th race on the 13 race card.

On Friday the field was reduced by one when #1Black Onyx was scratched due to the discovery he had a chip in his ankle.  The balance in this 19 horse field is uncanny as far as their running styles. The way I see it there are…

6 – Early Speed
4 – Tactical Speed (Stalker)
5 – Mid-Pack
4 – Closers

There are many schools of thought when it comes to handicapping the Kentucky Derby. The sheer size of the field itself can be overwhelming. Every runner has his positives and negatives. The key is to somehow pull it all together then imagine how the race will be run.

With that being said, and my past performances marked up as if a pre-school class were turned loose on them, here’s HOW I SEE IT (the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands) playing out, listed in my predicted order of finish. Odds shown are the current betting odds after Friday’s advanced wagering.

Keep in mind I’m picking horses nearly 48 hours BEFORE they walk out on the track. If at all possible, you should not make your wager until you’ve seen the horses in the Post Parade (12 minutes before the start). When horses reach the track, their physical appearance and body language can tip you off on which one(s) to include in your Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta or simply WIN, PLACE and/or SHOW bet. Good Luck!

1st – Winstar silks #3 – Revolutionary
Trainer / Jockey (Derby Mounts W-P-S): Todd Pletcher / Calvin Borel (10 3-0-1)
Running Style: Closer
Why he COULD win the Derby: He’s a bulldog, a fighter, nothing bothers him. He’s like the super hero who pushes the villains’ henchmen aside, one by one into order to get to Mr. Big, who in this case is the Finish Line. His races are never pretty and often look in doubt, but just like in the movies, the good guy always prevails.If the track is sloppy it will only enhance his chances and they’ll have to alter the above Churchill Downs painting to have Calvin holding up four fingers.
Why he SHOULD NOT be able to win the Derby: Traffic. His running style from well back of the pack means Borel will have to make all the right moves (aka split second decisions) to pass at least a dozen rivals. Add to that difficult task mud and slop hitting your face. Borel will probably go through 10 pairs of goggles during this 1¼ mile trip.
Early Betting Odds : 5-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 10-1

2nd – Janney silks #16 – Orb
Trainer / Jockey (Derby Mounts W-P-S): Shug McGaughey / Joel Rosario (3 0-0-0) Best Finish: 4th
Running Style: Mid-Pack
Why he COULD win the Derby: Other than the obvious that he’s improved in every career start, winning his last four, he has turned heads since arriving at Churchill Downs. His only workout over the track was ultra-impressive, and seeing him gallop just days before the Derby hasn’t shown cause to be a detractor.
Why he SHOULD NOT be able to win the Derby: It’s in his nature to get lathered up (sweat with nervous energy) in the Post Parade. So if he is on edge prior to a normal race day, will he have a total meltdown in front of 160,000 fans?
Early Betting Odds: 6-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 7-2

3rd – Fipke silks #4 – Golden Soul
Trainer / Jockey (Derby Mounts W-P-S): Dallas Stewart / Robby Albarado (12 0-0-2)
Running Style: Closer
Why he COULD win the Derby: He ran 2nd by a head in his career debut (1 mile) race at Churchill Downs. The Derby has been the plan from day one. Even when his Derby points seemed to have fallen short, he was shipped to Churchill Downs to train up to the Derby. He is crying out for more distance and ran his Derby preps over an oval at Fairgrounds (NOLA) that was kind to front-runners for most of the meet. Yet he still displayed a fine closing kick (and speed figure) in his last two races, finishing not far behind other shorter priced Derby runners… Palace Malice (by a nose in the Risen Star), to Revolutionary and Mylute (4+ lengths each in LA Derby) and just 1½ behind Departing who destroyed the IL Derby field and is heading to the Preakness.
Why he SHOULD NOT be able to win the Derby: He only has one win to his credit in 5 lifetime races. His jockey has over 4,500 career wins, but is 0 for 12 in the Derby and this will be the first time riding Golden Soul.
Early Betting Odds : 31-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 50-1

4th – Calumet silks #2 – Oxbow
Trainer / Jockey (Derby Mounts W-P-S): D. Wayne Lukas / Gary Stevens (18 3-2-1)
Running Style: Speed
Why he COULD win the Derby: On Wednesday A.M. I witness most of the Derby horses gallop the track and this one looked the fittest (i.e. on the muscle). Add the fact his Arkansas Derby is a toss (finished 5th). Jockey Gary Stevens thought he’d “experiment” (in a G1?) and take him back behind the leaders instead of risk being hung out 6-wide into the first turn. Both jock and horse learned a lesson that day and will not make the same mistake again. Especially if the track is sealed sloppy, it could favor the early speed. This Hall of Fame trainer/jock combo teamed up to win the Derby 18 years ago with Thunder Gulch.
Why he SHOULD NOT be able to win the Derby: last Derby winner to have finished worse than 4th in his prior to the Derby came in 1957 (Iron Liege). If he doesn’t break out of the gate quickly and get to the lead, he’ll be toast.
Early Betting Odds : 25-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 30-1

5th – Fox Hill silks  #5Normandy Invasion
Trainer / Jockey (Derby Mounts W-P-S): Chad Brown / Javier Castellano (6 0-0-0)
Running Style: Closer
Why he COULD win the Derby: came closest in last outing to handing Verrazano his first defeat, mounting a furious late run; this will be his 3rd race off a layoff; one of top riders in the country took off Revolutionary to ride him in this race.
Why he SHOULD NOT be able to win the Derby: He’s this years’ “Wise Guy” horse… the one who gets all of the press based on how he looks, trains or ran his last race. I cannot not recall one of these ever winning the Derby.
Early Betting Odds : 8-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 12-1

6th – WC Racing silks #8Goldencents
Trainer / Jockey (Derby Mounts W-P-S): Doug O’Neill / Kevin Krigger (1st Derby)
Running Style: Speed
Why he COULD win the Derby: Won the Santa Anita Derby; is the lone West Coast Derby starter; 3rd race off layoff angle; followed same road and training schedule as last year’s Derby winner (I’ll Have Another).
Why he SHOULD NOT be able to win the Derby: bloodlines indicate he’s short on stamina to get the 1¼ miles; history- a jockey “of color” has not won the Derby since 1902.
Early Betting Odds: 5-1 compared to Morning Line Odds: 5-1

Kentucky Derby analysis continued on Page 2

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Orb Draws Post #16 as 7-2 Morning Line Favorite for Kentucky Derby 139; Thursday Picks at Pimlico

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Orb Draws Post #16 as 7-2 Morning Line Favorite for Kentucky Derby 139; Thursday Picks at Pimlico

Posted on 01 May 2013 by Gary Quill

Post Positions for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby were drawn Wednesday evening at Churchill Downs. Native Kentuckian and veteran Derby Oddmaker Mike Battaglia set the Moring Line odds and made Florida Derby winner Orb the 7-2 favorite, who will break from post #16 over the undefeated Verrazano (Post #14) the 4-1 second choice among a full field of twenty 3-year-olds.


Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

Among the many hats that I’ve worn, setting the Morning Line odds at any thoroughbred horse racing track in America is not yet one of them, but on my Bucket List. Over the years, many of my friends and blog readers have come to enjoy, look forward to or simply tolerate my yearning to see how close my odds for a particular race come to the actual Morning Line. Battaglia has been working his craft for nearly 40 years whereas I do it for big races and friends and some horse owners who are eager for an opinion on a probable Morning Line or predicted Post Time odds.

PP – HORSE———— JOCKEY / TRAINER—————- M/L— GQPPTO*
1.  Black Onyx            Joe Bravo / Kelly Breen                   50-1          46-1
2.  Oxbow                   Gary Stevens / D. Wayne Lukas      30-1          21-1
3. Revolutionary       Calvin Borel / Todd Pletcher              10-1            6-1
4. Golden Soul          B.Hernandez Jr / Dallas Stewart       50-1          51-1
5. Normandy Invasion  J.Castellano / Chad Brown            12-1           11-1
6. Mylute                  Rosie Napravnik / Tom Amoss           15-1           16-1
7. Giant Finish        Jose Espinoza / Anthony Dutrow          50-1          48-1
8. Goldencents        Kevin Krigger / Doug O’Neill                 5-1             8-1
9. Overanalyze        Rafael Bejarano / Todd Pletcher          15-1          23-1
10. Palace Malice    Mike Smith / Todd Pletcher                  20-1          18-1
11. Lines of Battle   Ryan Moore / Aidan O’Brien                 30-1         31-1
12. Itsmyluckyday  Elvis Trujillo / Eddie Plesa, Jr.               15-1          21-1
13. Falling Sky         Luis Saez / John Terranova                 50-1          53-1
14. Verrazano          John Velazquez / Todd Pletcher            4-1            5-1
15. Charming Kitten Edgar Prado / Todd Pletcher              20-1          44-1
16. Orb                      Joel Rosario / Shug McGaughey        7-2             4-1
17. Will Take Charge  Jon Court / D. Wayne Lukas             20-1          27-1
18. Frac Daddy         Victor Lebron / Ken McPeek               50-1          42-1
19. Java’s War           Julien Laparoux / Ken McPeek          15-1          15-1
20. Vyjack                  Garrett Gomez / Rudy Rodriguez      15-1           19-1
AE Fear the Kitten      Alan Garcia / Michael Maker             —              —

AE – Also Eligible IF any other runner scratches prior to Friday
* – GQ’s Predicted Post Time Odds

Recapping Pimlico’s Sunday 9-race card posted had 5 winners (2 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $5.40 (1st race), $2.60 (2nd), $11.80 (5th), $4.80 (6th) and $5.00 (8th).

The BEST BET of the Day (15 7-2-1) Classic Wildcat (R4 #5 5-2 PT; 6-1 M/L) started in good shape, but was pulled up nearing the lane then walked onto the van on his own courage.

The LONGSHOT PICK (15 4-1-1) Lil Escape Artist (R8 #5 5-1 PT; 10-1 M/L) ran the race I anticipated, but was only good enough to be second best. She allowed the speed duel to take place, but so did the winner, as both made their move entering the stretch, passing their tiring rivals, but the winner was much the best, but the runner-up returned $5.00 to PLACE and $3.20 to SHOW.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Elkhorn Creek / Sting Boy (R2 #2/2X 1-5 PT; 1-1 M/L) brought out the bridge-jumpers (bettors who wager thousands to SHOW thinking they can make a quick 5% ROI), after the second choice (#6 –Ram) was scratched. As predicted, these two proved to be the best in here as they finished 1-2 well headed of the third place runner, but nearly 90% of the SHOW pool was on the 2/2X entry, returning $2.60 to WIN, $2.10 to PLACE and $2.10 to SHOW.

Selections for the Day 17 Pimlico Sunday, May 2nd card are on Page 2.

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Saturday Selections at Pimlico (Day 15) include Federico Tesio Stakes, a Preakness Prep

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Saturday Selections at Pimlico (Day 15) include Federico Tesio Stakes, a Preakness Prep

Posted on 26 April 2013 by Gary Quill

In addition to the 11-races scheduled at Old Hilltop on Saturday afternoon, items from Preakness and Pimlico past will be awarded as part of a Piece of the Past promotion giveaway available at the Grandstand entrance.  All fans will receive a chit that can be exchanged for a pair of vintage Preakness glasses plus one other choice. Fans can choose from Preakness T-shirts, Pimlico caps and much more through the last live race.


Drawing by Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

The unofficial Preakness prep, the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes, is run as the 10th race on the Saturday card. Former Maryland riding star Edgar Prado is named to pilot #9 - Heat Press (8-1), trained by Graham Motion. The Malibu Moon colt broke his maiden at Laurel Park in December and won an entry level allowance start at Parx Racing last time out. Earlier this week, owner Kevin Plank of Sagamore Farm indicated he would like to see Heat Press compete in the Preakness if all goes well in the Tesio. The stable was represented by Tiger Walk a year ago.

#4 -Rienzi (8-1) moved from the Chad Brown barn to John Servis’ stable after returning from Florida and won an entry level allowance at Parx Racing in April. He posted a bullet workout there on April 22nd and is scheduled to have Kendrick Carmouche in the irons. The 7-5 Morning Line is #3 – Abstraction based on his dominating 9 3/4 length maiden victory at Fairgrounds for trainer Daivd Carroll. Two races back #7 – Dynamic Strike  (4-1) won the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park, but then had a troubled 5th place finish in the Private Terms Stakes.

Rounding out the field of ten 3-year-olds are #1 – Just Win Baby (10-1), #2 – Handsome Tiger (20-1), #5 – Wry Me (12-1), #6 – Indian Companion (20-1), #8 - Hanky Doodle (10-1) and #10 – Wabbajack (15-1).

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #117…  “Free Handicap

Selections for the Day 15 Pimlico Saturday, April 27th card are on Page 2.

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It! (Derby news); Fan Friday Picks at Pimlico (Day 14)

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It! (Derby news); Fan Friday Picks at Pimlico (Day 14)

Posted on 25 April 2013 by Gary Quill

There’s less than 6 days until the Post Positions are draw for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, first leg of horse racings’ Triple Crown. It is likely that twenty (20) 3-year-olds will be entered to run in this race on Saturday, May 4th at approximately 6:20pm EDT, because at least 22 are still in line to run.


Drawing courtesy of Mel @dailyracefunies. To see more of Mel’s work, click here.

In addition to those, there could be another one that muscles into the #20 spot. This Saturday’s Derby Trial is officially the final Derby Point system race, offering 20 points to the winner. Of the nine (9) entered here, only one (Titletown Five) would be entered in the Kentucky Derby, according to his trainer D. Wayne Lukas, “We’ve been trying all winter to give this colt a shot at making the Derby,” he said. “This is his one chance. We’d love to see him make the most of it.”

Here’s the latest line-up…

The JockeyWorld.org racing term of the day is #116… “Fresh (Freshened)”

Recapping Pimlico’s Thursday 9-race card posted had 6 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.40 (2nd race), $7.00 (3rd), $5.20 (4th), $83.00 (7th), $6.60 (8th) and $9.40 (9th). Also worth mentioning at my “Editor’s” request, was having the LATE PICK-3 (race 7-9) which paid $682.40 for a .50 ticket!

The BEST BET of the Day (12 7-0-1) Marataya’s Tune (R3 #8 5-2 PT; 9-2 M/L) led gate-to-wire, at times by 12 lengths then coasted to victory returning $7.00 to WIN, $3.60 to PLACE and $3.00 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (12 4-0-1) Gottalovethedrake (R5 #6 3-1 PT; 6-1 M/L) raced 4 wide throughout most of the contest and then was unable to rally in the stretch, only able to get a minor share of the purse, finishing 4th.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Marataya’s Tune (R3 #8 5-2 PT; 9-2 M/L) was also the BEST BET, so no additional commentary is needed. As hoped for, she did indeed return 50% on the SHOW wager, paying $3.00 to SHOW. Add $10 to the $20 initial SHOW wager amount for the parlay on Friday (Day 14).

Selections for the Day 14 Pimlico Friday, April 26th card are on Page 2.

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