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There always seems to be a surprise horse to complete the Preakness exacta (at least in three of the last four years) like Scrappy T (2005), Bernardini/Sweetnorthernsaint (2006) and Macho Again (2007) so who could it be this year? I'd say Terrain or Big Drama are the longshots worth noting. Interestingly, Terrain's last real dirt race, he faced Drama (who won) and finished 5th as the favorite in the Delta Jackpot. Terrain (4th), the Sky Mesa colt, will join Mine That Bird (12th) as the only two BC Juvenile runners in the Preakness. Read More


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mshutty: totally forgot about PoTN in the BC Juvie...you're absolutely correct. Thanks for the kind words. ruby: I'm on the MM bandwagon for Saturday, i think ya gotta include him in the mix...the pace will determine a lot. Thanks both for reading!
Agree that Big Drama gets a big shot... have to respect horses that just plain win. (Speaking of high win rates, don't forget Musket Man). Also - it's worthy to note that in the new Horse Racing Nation ranker poll... people are way down on Mine That Bird and Friesan Fire. Could be a sign of Saturday's odds... maybe the Derby winner is 12-1 or even more. People just don't believe in him...
Handi-sitting, enjoyed your blog today. Great insights. Just wanted to add that Pioneerof the Nile also ran in the Breeders Cup Juvenile along with Mine That Bird and Terrain. Given the Derby outcome...perhaps a cold exacta or trifecta box of these three?
invasor: good point regarding Terrain, might be wise to include in 3rd or 4th though! mentorass: thanks for the kind comments...I'm on the drama train and have been if you look back through some of my blog posts. Thanks to both of you for reading!! Good luck!
Getting good vibes regarding Big Drama. Will get a very comfortable and easy run to the first turn out of the 1 hole. Rachel has to glide over and won't be a pressure factor until well into the first turn. Terrain looks strong from the back and seems sure to pick up a piece though second place might be pushing it. Just don't see the race setting up well for deep closers.
Handi you are right on the money with your comments, last year Macho Again came into the race with an absolutely fantastic prior race in the CD Derby Trial @7.5 fl. He was bumped in the stretch and hit by everything but the valet parking attendent at the front of the building. I honestly had him second and third in my tris and hit. Really was an exacta type bet due to Big Brown's performance. And guess who else came out of the bump n' grind 1.27 seconds race in Derby Trial. A little know fact ~ D'Tara and I knew the racing gods were not going to give BB and its connections the triple crown that easy. If I had to go to the window today, Thursday, Big Drama would be my long shot key play. Top Beyer is 7 for 7, and if not DQed to 2nf eoulf nr 7-6-1-0. Love horses coming off the Calder slow as quick sand soil. Top Jock. Another horse that fits this profile this horse's (Big Drama) profile was the runner up/2nd to Giacomo the KD 2005 winner and prior to Mine TB held the title of 2nd longest shot in the KD. And that was Closing Argument who was 71-1. A Calder home boy and benefited from Calder soil trips and never off the board in 7 tries before the KD. We still do not know what the poly horse will do on Preak soil. The Chruchill topsoil was wet and cuppy. Also I have made a comment elsewhere that RA has never had compression and this notion can be found here on this site under her blog or Preakness.

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