Happy Derby 2017!!
It's Derby Eve, and I just watched the Kentucky Oaks -- I picked 2 horses that I thought had a shot. One was a huge favorite and the other had finished 2nd to her last time and was second to the highly talented Unique Bella before that. The other horse, Abel Tasman, won the race -- I tell you this to explain 1. why you should stay away from my Derby picks and 2. to prove that when I don't post picks, I do well and when I do post, I'm likely to not hit the board. That said, I see this year's Derby as one in which the likely favorites will be tough to beat. I have some chalkie selections I know, so do with them what you will:
1. Irish War Cry - I love the Curlin's and the way this horse ran his last race; Motion knows how to get it done and I expect a strong showing.
2. Classic Empire -- A bit of a whack job (who doesn't love that?), but also supremely talented -- he beat Not This Time in the BC Juvenile and I thought Not This Time was a superior race horse. He's had some bumps in the road on the way to Churchill, but Mark Casse seems pretty confident about his chances. Leave him off your tickets at your peril.
The next three you can toss in a hat and pick anyone out, so I'll key my top two and use these underneath:
Hence, Practical Joke, Tapwrit
Now that brings me to what to do with McCracken? The buzz horse - the horse who looks great on track, blah, blah, blah . . . I could use him with the top two and really chalk out, but I really am not sure what I'll do with him yet.
Finally, I have to give a nod to the one-eyed, Patch -- if he beats me, I'll be fine with it -- really!
Happy Derby Day to all -- Best of Luck with your betting from: