Thursday, April 27, 2006

9 Days To Derby, and I'm Candlebox

Far Behind, that is.

I did watch the tape of The Lexington Stakes the other night, and today will mostly be dedicated to work catching up on things here, here, here, here, and perusing the PPs here.

A couple of random observations from The Lexington:

1. As much as I bitch about ESPN and how terrible it has become, their horse racing coverage continues to get a big huge exemption. It is very, very good. Randy Moss is as good an analyst as ESPN has covering any sport, and Kenny Mayne's oddball humor is good for racing's blueblood, fuddy duddy stereotypical image. It also helps that Mayne is a knowledgeable horse player who likes racing. This comes through and makes their coverage much better than if they just threw someone who didn't love the sport on there to play setup man for Moss.

Always prepared & works hard every day,
unlike his more famous namesake

2. I didn't realize that Keeneland had drive-thru betting windows. This is hilarious, epic, and sad all at the same time.

3. Hard not to feel bad for Nick Zito. Last year he has a record 5 starters in the Derby, and they all ate it. This year he will have none. Funny game, horse racing.

4. D. Wayne Lukas won't have a starter eithrer. A Derby without D. Ranged Lukas or Nick Zito? I cannot remember the last time that 2 of the "Big Three" (Lukas/Zito/Baffert) didn't have a starter at the Derby.

5. Showing Up looked good, and trainer Barclay Tagg is a great trainer, but can he win the Derby only 2 weeks after the Lexington? Only Swale in 1984 and Charismatic in 1999 have accomplished this. Additionally, Showing Up only has 3 career starts, and the last horse to win the Derby in only their 4th start was Regret in 1915.

6. Never thought of Jeanine Edwards as cute, but she sure looked cute on Saturday.

I haven't done much handicapping yet, but at this super early point I like Brother Derek.

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