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Excellent position for Nyquist..Triple Crown here we come !! Just need to ensure I have the 2nd, 3rd and 4th finishers behind him :)
Any betting suggestions yet? I actually hit on some posted on here prior.
Nun the Less worked on April 28th at Hunter Farm Training Center. He worked 4 furlongs in 53.46, and it was the fastest time of the day.
1. Nyquist: 2. Mohaymen: 3. Shagaf: 4. Lani: Call me stupid but...... May also use Destin and Creator.
Letting 22 sophomores go to the gate in front of that cacophonous, rowdy crowd is both stupid and dangerous. Field sizes that inhibit the contenders from running a clear path late not only complicates the handicapping, but sets up the possibility for a late charger to clip heels on a strongly decelerating also ran.
In a field that big, speed is a premium to be out front of trouble....IT also sets up the potential for a dumb result
I love mohaymen being right next to Nyquist hopefully he'll get his revenge and beat him
Post 13 for Nyquist.
I found video of Exaggerator's 4/30/16 (yesterday) work at Keelerman's site. Kent D. commented that the track was "loose", but thought the colt handled it all right. So, as an FYI to Jb, Jay, Mark, Tammy, astiar, et al, I'll link it. :) http://www.theturfboard.com/exaggerator-breezes-at-churchill-in-final-derby-workout/
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  • Byrnzzz · His stride looks so smooth, so excited for Saturday. · 3 days ago
  • Tammy Keyes via Disqus · Thanks Goblin. I know Nyquist has beat him in every time they faced, but Exaggerator has really come into his own lately. I think he has finally put it all together! I am really excited! · 1 hour ago
He's in the derby! Per bloodhorse, 22 runners are in this year and Cherry Wine is the 22nd horse (Not Post Position) Can't wait for Cherry Wine to make a splash in the rankings this year
Nyquist and Mohaymen next to each other in the gate. Mohaymen will be mentally defeated before the race even start.
142nd running of the KY Derby Post Positions- (1) Trojan Nation (2) Suddenbreakingnews (3) Creator (4) Mo Tom (5) Gun Runner (6) My Man Sam (7) Oscar Nominated (8) Lani (9) Destin (10) Whitmore (11) Exaggerator (12) Tom's Ready (13) Nyquist (14) Mohaymen (15) Outwork (16) Shagaf (17) Mor Spirit (18) Majesto (19) Brody's Cause (20) Danzing Candy
Woohoo! Drew post 5!
Post 11 for Exaggerator, gonna be in the middle out of the gate.
Trojan Nation draws the dreaded 1 post for the Kentucky Derby.
Finally decided on my Kentucky Derby pick and it is.... Mor Spirit! California shippers have been lights out this year and Mor Spirit has been saving a lot of gas in the tank. He is sitting on a big one and should run huge this Saturday. For more analysis, check out my Horse-By-Horse Contender Profiles and Analysis on my blog, horseracingstation (dot) wordpress (dot) com.
Post Draw for the 142nd Kentucky Derby in 14 minutes on NBCSports... here is the streaming link for those who need it ... http://www.nbcsports.com/live-extra
Mike Smith tried to ride him like Songbird. Those fractions were insane. Did he really think he could win?
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  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · I think the horse just got away from him; he may have done better had he just let him do his thing and not try to slow him down, but it may also be by design. The colt is already in the KY Derby. So they can afford to try things out. He wasn't used up. Didn't feel the whip a single time. Smith just let him coast to the wire. He'll have a hard time winning the KY Derby if he can't be rated, but maybe this experience taught him not to go all out so early. I think he'll be top three in the KY Derby. · 23 days ago
  • MarkAnthony via Disqus · Mike smith didn't try to ride the horse like that, sometimes the horses want to run in the lead and fighting the horse would just make it worse. · 2 hours ago
Wowzers, batman .. a 22 horse field? I don't know that I can really support this change. It increases the risk of injury, and honestly it kind of cheapens the result for me. It truly is going to be a case of the 'luckiest' horse winning, rather than the best. They didn't ask me though, and money talks. Congrats to the AE that drafted in.
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A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, Andrew Champagne fell in love with horse racing at a very early age on summer trips to Saratoga. His turf writing credits include time spent as a sportswriter, weekly columnist, and handicapper at The Saratogian, a summer working for The Saratoga Special, and "field research" at OTB facilities in Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Kingston. He also spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College, and interned with NBC Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

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