Great, now I have to handicap this damn race.
If you live under a rock, or don’t care about horse racing, which I realize many don’t, then this information on Nick Zito’s Breeder’s Cup Juvenile champion 3-year-old is news. Basically, he sustained a small crack in his sesamoid bone (item E on attached photo) in the last 20 yards of the Wood Memorial a couple of weeks ago. Tough break (no pun) for Nick Zito, but this makes the Derby a little bit clearer and gives another speed horse (Recapturetheglory, Bob Black Jack) a chance at the front, even though I still think that War Pass didn’t have the ability to go a mile-and-a-quarter.
Onto my awesome picks (had to crank these out Saturday afternoon, so only have the balance thru Friday):
Total bets: $234 Status: Down $14.10 (sorry Beisner)
Keeneland Picks Sunday April 20
Race 1: Rue de Vie (9/2)
Race 2: Eccentric Girl (3/1)
Race 3: Cresson (4/1)
Race 4: Get Going Bertie (10/1)
Race 5: Don’t Fret (12/1)
Race 6: Curvature (15/1)
Race 7: Tiz Now Tiz Then (5/1)
Race 8: Crossword (10/1)
Race 9: Alluring Tune (5/1)
Derby News and Notes ( 14 days away)
— Edgar Prado’s decision to ride Adriano in the Derby has got to be good news if you were planning on playing Adriano on May 3rd…although I am not. The fact that he would turn away from both Wood Memorial winner Tale of Ekati and Bluegrass winner Monba says something about the faith Prado has in H. Grhama Motion’s three-year-old. Also, Prado killed it yesterday at Keeneland, picking up the early Pick 3.
— I can’t help but think about War Emblem after Recapturetheglory’s wire-to-wire finish in the Illnois. It’s only a Grade 2, but the wide open Kentucky Derby field this year is very reminiscent of the field in 2002. Remember, the favorite that year was at the longest odds ever in Derby history (Harlan’s Holiday at 6/1). Also, their finishing times in the Illinois were almost identical, with Recapturetheglory running his 2/5 of a second faster than War Emblem. Although not my top pick, not sure I can leave him out of exotics.