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Kentucky Derby Trail: Derby ProMo

It is now 2011 and that means we have officially embarked on the Kentucky Derby trail. Here in the East it’s been difficult to see even the slightest hint of rose blossoms buried beneath 20-30 inches of snow drifts. But, heck, they’ve already run the first Derby prep (the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct), and Florida and California will soon follow suit, so you know the trail has begun, regardless of whether you tread upon it in snow boots or sandals.

This year will be a bit different from other years, because the magical name “Kentucky Derby,” that normally stands on its own, has had to share top billing with that glorious, yet cursed phrase, “Triple Crown.” Instead of each step on the Derby Trail being examined with a magnifying glass, it is apparent that many racing fans are already looking ahead with a telescope, beyond the Derby and beyond the Preakness... Read More

 

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he stalked fine, took off without breaking a sweat and cruised with a 4 length win. we haven't even seen him run yet and he ran a 106. Mo is dangerous.
he stalked fine, took off without breaking a sweat and cruised with a 4 length win. we haven't even seen him run yet and he ran a 106. Mo is dangerous.
I feed the horse, teach him his lessons to the extent of his current abilities and then put him in a competitive condition which I hope will fit him, BUT once the gate opens it is the HORSE that does the running. All those lessons occurred in isolation not in a race. I ride the horse and like McCarron always stated: "MY job is to let him run HIS RACE and keep him out of trouble"... it is the HORSE who does the running, not the rider. Bad rides occur when the rider fights the natural tendencies of the animal. After Arcagnes won the Breeder's Cup Classic, people asked Bailey what did he do? His answer was in line with what McCarron told us: "I let the horse run his race and did not try to impose MY will on him." And the horse won the race because he let the horse run. Same can be said for the farrier, groom....owner any HUMAN that is not out on the track running in the race. Finally,, the gates open and randomness is the first addition to the equation. Bumps, blocks, slips, dropping whips, checked , in tight, taken up...Take your pick and it can happen. Denying this is a first class ticket to the poor farm.
Maturation of a thoroughbred is all about learning to apportion speed. Watch enough babies and you recognize MOST start out by running as fast as they can as far as they can. The better ones, learn to relax and make a sustained move on que......Many many babies never get out of that initial mode and you can predict the ones as they strectch out having earlier and earlier styles as the distance stretches out. You can usually eliminated over 60% of the Derby field each year on that alone: Great exclusions were Pollard's Vison, Bellamy Road and a host of others.
I could easily list a MYRIAD of hopefuls at two that were no more that precocious members of their crop...Tasso, Bellamy Road, Houston, Talkin Man, Scat Daddy, Anees, Answer Lively, Rockhill Native, and it goes on and on much akin to the 9th grade track prodigy who NEVER improves while his counterparts mature to be able to take the next step...HAPPPENS every year, S .
When it comes to horses currently on the Kentucky Derby Trail, the only "REALITY" is that we have no idea what's going to happen once we get to Churchill Down on that first Satursay in May. Sure, it's possible that none of the horses we're discussing will even make it to the Derby (let alone win it), but it's equally possible that our Derby winner could be found among the horses tagged in this article. There's nothing wrong with a little speculation...
Years ago a fellow sent a local sprinter to the Vosburgh of all places.....Reality was not his calling card either as the animal was so overmatched it was embarassing.
Musn't allow REALITY to permeate consciousness now can we?
humphrey- Instead of just tarnishing our spirits, why can't you let us dream? We don't know what will happen in the future, but why can't you have a positive feeling for once? Jeez.
Malarkey: I watched dozens of speed burner babies top out between their two and three year old seasons never to stretch out past 9 furlongs...You NEVER know which ones will get the trip this early.
WELL I WATCHED UNCLE MOS MAIDEN AT SARATOGA AND I WAS OFFICIALLY HOOKED EACH RACE AFTER HAS BEEN EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL AND THE FIRST HORSE IN A LONG TIME THAT I THINK IS SO NATURAL AND SUCH A STAR THAT WE WILL SEE A TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION THIS YEAR.

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