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Remembering Omaha After 75 Years

My best guess is that Joe Talamo, who will ride Sidney's Candy in the Kentucky Derby, never heard of Willie "Smokey" Saunders. Talamo is 20 years old and has never ridden in the Derby, and 75 years ago Saunders was the same age, sans Derby experience, when he and Omaha won in Louisville on their way to a sweep of the triple crown. They were mostly spelling the name of the series in lower case then. Read More

 

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Ferdinand was almost lost to colic before being shipped out. Saw him at Cliborne and he was skin and bones.
Correction, 1987 Derby winner and BC Classic winner- FERDINAND was the "shoe's" mount. sorry late night comment after a long day. Saddly this great horse was unceremoniously tossed in a Japanese slaughter house in 2002.
The late great Willie Shoemaker- who I believe last one on Fernando had the best quote: you can have the best horse in the race, but you need a little racing luck to win the KY Derby.
But Steve was a very good rider years ahead of his chronological age.
Inexpereince in that race NOWADAYS is a big negative. I heard McCarron comment years ago; "once they start playing my Old Kentucky Home you get all emotional and nervous. It is hard to overcome unless you are used to it."
Joe Talamo can absolutely win this Derby. He rated Sidney's Candy on the front end of the S.A.D. to assure he didn't use him up. Don't forget Stevie Cauthen- barely seventeen giving Affirmed three legendary rides. Joe will be all over MY exotics-top & bottom

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