because of the Wild Rover, my favorite old time Irish drinking song by the
Dubliners. Maybe it’s because his name caught my eye on the undefeated list on
the HRN home page. No matter the reason, I have found No Nay Never as my horse
to watch on the road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby. An American horse bred in old Kentucky, the
soon to be three year old colt has found great success in Europe. The son of Scat Daddy and Cat’s Eye Witness has won three strong races, one at Keenland, and
another at Royal Ascot and another in France at the Deauville La Touques.
I’ve seen replays of his European wins and they are atypical of European races. They are
going the wrong way and there are way too many horses. But one horse stood out
like a bad tooth and it was the dark chestnut colt with blinkers on, which for
some reason, makes him look like a tough guy. It was No Nay Never.
In an interview that I found on YouTube, jockey Joel Rosario praised the horse. “He’s
big and strong and he has everything he needs to win”, Rosario said after his
victory at Royal Ascot in the Group 2 (Grade 2) Norfolk Stakes. “He does
anything I ask him to do, he’s a special horse.”Trainer Wesley Ward, the first
American trainer to win at Royal Ascot in 2009, echoed the sentiments of
Rosario saying, “When you ask for more, he gives it to you every time.”
I called my old racing buddy,
Beetle Bailey and asked him about No Nay Never. “Who?” He sounded as if there
was steam blowing over an open valve. I knew then I had a winner. If the
Beetle hasn’t heard of him then I’m ahead of the curve and on the cutting edge.
He is a horse that my mother, the
self imposed Queen of Ireland would have fallen in love with. He’s tall, broad,
and a beauty, plus he’s named after a chorus of an Irish song. How can he miss?
Can he sustain his winning ways? Is he being prepped for the 140th
Kentucky Derby on May 3rd? These are the questions that remain to be
answered. But he is my horse to watch on these cold winter days. I haven’t seen
anywhere regarding his next race. Of course it will be next year, but when?
Whenever it is, I’ll be watching.
So…raise a pint and sing with me…”And it's No, Nay, Never.(1234) No Nay Never no more, will I
play the Wild Rover, no never no more.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving sports fans!