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« Topic Start: April 27, 2009, 06:27:46 pm »

So Saturday is Derby Day. Today was the day for the last good works before Saturday (sadly there was an horrific accident on the track...not involving any of the Derby horses, but a tragic one regardless). So now is the time to make your picks for the Derby.

This year, every horse I like either has a drawback or didn't make it to Kentucky because of injuries, so I'm picking three because I'm a noncommittal chickenshit.

Dunkirk, Pioneerof The Nile, Friesan Fire. Maybe I'll settle on one by Saturday (or maybe I'll totally change my mind).

So if you're a follower, who is your pick?
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« Reply #1: April 27, 2009, 07:05:39 pm »

So if you're a follower, who is your pick?

I Want Revenge, hands down.
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« Reply #2: April 27, 2009, 07:30:51 pm »

I Want Revenge, hands down.

That's Randall's pick. He liked the name. Smiley
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« Reply #3: April 27, 2009, 07:51:21 pm »

That's Randall's pick. He liked the name. Smiley

Gotta love the name. Smiley And he's not doing to bad in the way of odds right now last time I checked.
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« Reply #4: April 27, 2009, 10:05:22 pm »

That's Randall's pick. He liked the name. Smiley

I like Pioneer of The Nile as well. Baffert's the trainer, which is enough to attract my attention.
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« Reply #5: May 03, 2009, 07:15:57 pm »

I will say I did not see Mine that Bird coming. At all.

However, this is a wonderful way that his connections chose to honor Barbaro:
http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2009/May/03/Derby-winning-connections-honor-Barbaro-on-Sunday.aspx
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« Reply #6: May 03, 2009, 08:58:43 pm »

I will say I did not see Mine that Bird coming. At all.

Neither did I. At all. I almost put two dollars on him just because the jockey won on Street Sense who came out of no where like that in 2007. But the odds were very discouraging. I did however get 27 dollars on Pioneer of the Nile for showing. 

I was so shocked when Mine That Bird won by so much. It wasn't by a nose, it was a pretty big margin!
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« Reply #7: May 03, 2009, 09:26:39 pm »

I will say I did not see Mine that Bird coming. At all.

However, this is a wonderful way that his connections chose to honor Barbaro:
http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2009/May/03/Derby-winning-connections-honor-Barbaro-on-Sunday.aspx

Very forward of them, and commendable.

Mine The Bird will be the talk for years.  Truly the race of a lifetime, given the odds and his performance.

If you watch the video, you can see MTB appear almost literally from nowhere to take the lead on the homestretch.  The race caller didn't even know who it was at first - last anyone saw, MTB was trailing the pack.

Toward the end of the video you get the blimp view - MTB arrived at the turn for home dead last.  Taking a 'higher gear,' he threaded the needle against the rail where I doubt I would try in a simulation.  Calvin Borel showed what kind of stuff he is made of.  In spades.

FWIW, I did some checking - Barbaro was faster in all but the third 1/4 mile. Wink

Calvin rode Rachel Alexandra in her 20-length win Friday - the Kentucky Oaks.  Two grade one stakes in as many days, both nationally televised.

Now we know why Rachel wasn't entered in the Derby, and won't be entered in the Preakness.

Mr. Borel is very canny. Cool  I would imagine his hall of fame entry is pretty much assured.

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« Reply #8: May 03, 2009, 10:24:54 pm »

The race caller didn't even know who it was at first - last anyone saw, MTB was trailing the pack.

I noticed the pause while he figured out which horse had appeared out of nowhere.

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That was simply amazing.
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« Reply #9: May 04, 2009, 10:02:48 am »

That was simply amazing.

I just watched it again and got chills again.

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