May 06, 2006

132nd Run for the Roses: America's most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby goes this afternoon. Brother Derek is the best look here, he has been a phenom in California and thrashed the field in the Santa Anita Derby. But he gets a terrible barrier draw (18 post) and of course, favorites haven't won the Derby in decades. So back some roughies like Showing Up (20-1) and Sweetnorthernsaint with Kent Desormeaux riding. Fill out your boxes and wheels: Barbaro goes at short odds (4-1) with hot rider Edgar Prado up. Mike Smith won last year on Giacomo with one of the best Derby rides seen in years -- he saddles up today on Giacomo's brother Flashy Bull (50-1) from the extreme outside gate post.

posted by the red terror to other at 11:26 AM - 7 comments

addendum. Brother Drek is currently at 3-1; Sweetnorthernsaint is at 10-1 odds.

posted by the red terror at 11:27 AM on May 06

Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated says Barbaro is the best horse. Read: "Picking a winner: 10 tips to help you sort out the Kentucky Derby field" And he rates Flashy Bull as having no chance, which truthfully, he probably doesn't. But Mike Smith is capable of drawing something out of the horse for a showing. Curiously, Layden ignores Brother Derek...

posted by the red terror at 11:30 AM on May 06

there is often a canadian connection to the derby derek looks to be the play!

posted by tommytrump at 02:40 PM on May 06

The hype today from Tom Hammond seems rather curious. For 22 years NBC and Hammond hosted the Breeders Cup and always promoted that event as the "Superbowl of horse racing." NBC lost the hosting rights after last years' Breeders (ESPN is carrying in now) and today Tom Hammond can't shut his mouth yapping about the Kentucky Derby being "the Superbowl of horse racing." Horses for courses...

posted by the red terror at 04:03 PM on May 06

barbaro looks like he can run all day. will be interesting to see who draws into the preakness, as he appears to be more vulnerable short than long. of course, there's no 5 week layoffs for matz to sit on now, what with 3 races in 5 weeks, barbaro does seem capable though. would think if he can get to the wire in the preakness....we'll have a triple crown winner. there isn't a 3 year old in the country right now that can look barbaro in the eye at a mile and a half in the belmont.

posted by oliver_crunk at 01:20 PM on May 07

barbaro looks like he can run all day. will be interesting to see who draws into the preakness, as he appears to be more vulnerable short than long. Barbaro in the Derby…impressive! I think Brother Derek will get him in the Preakness Stakes (1 & 3/16’s). Circumstances (wide trip) kept Brother Derek from running his best race in the Kentucky Derby (1 & ¼). All said...Barbaro is a great horse. I do agree that the Belmont Stakes (longest race @ 1 & ½) ) may fit Barbaro well.

posted by HORNS FAN at 04:41 PM on May 07

Barbaro looks good for all three, unless Frank Stronach has an ace up his sleeve that he's saving for the Belmont to ruin, like he's done before.

posted by the red terror at 09:00 AM on May 08

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