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Countdown to the Crown - April 16th

Because no one else will tell you, not a single Wood Memorial alumnus has finished in the money in the Kentucky Derby since Funny Cide and Empire Maker in 2003. That's six years of blanks, 13 off-the-board finishes and an average placing of 10th. So before one more gas-blower tells you about how bad the Blue Grass has been for three years, which somehow includes a Kentucky Derby winner in 2007 (Street Sense), remember how stupid you can look when you short-sight your statistics. This is not to disparage the Wood or its alumni this year, just to remind those who are openly lambasting other races without the facts. Read More


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Four Triple Crown winners came from winning the Wood Memorial and that does not include Secretariat who finished third in the Wood. So what's the point? On May 1st the horse who runs the best race will win the Kentucky Derby. That's the way it has always been!! Just pick a horse you like, stay on his band wagon, bet on him to win and if he doesn't, try it again next year!
This is a very weak argument. Anyone who thinks the Blue Grass is still relevant needs to take off the glasses!
Don't know about you but we were all over War Emblem and many had Giacomo as well based upon standard pace criteria required of the sophomores stretching out to 10 furlongs. Now Mine that Bird was another story last years race was so full of late late closers that it was the most confusing in the last ten years because of all the synthetic form.
Six years of drought for the Wood is a nice stat, but that's all it is. The fact is that Eskendereya is a deserving favorite. There is no comparison between he and Bellamy Road. Regardless of any stats, Eskendereya and Lookin at Lucky stand above this field. But as we know, anything can happen.
War Emblem, Geranimo, Mind that Bird keep us guessing, WHO can get the mile & a quarter- in a twenty horse field- on a possible wet track- with a post position that might not suit their horse's running style. The toughest race to handicap- for sure!!!

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