Apr 22, 2009


"Where have you been?" asked my legion (handful?) of trusty readers while I was goofing off at Kenneland races, Florida horse auctions, and tidying up some medical issues.

No such sloth shall mar the upcoming Kentucky Derby. Everyone in America wants to say they picked the winner. Few of them will bet substantial amounts, but it costs nothing to brag if you got it right.

At this stage, my handicapping still points to the trio of Quality Road, I Want Revenge, and Dunkirk bringing home the bacon. Likely favorite Pioneer of the Nile heads the second tier, along with Friesan Fire, Papa Clem, General Quarters, and Hold Me Back.

Contenders for the minor placings include the Dubai team of Regal Ransom and Desert Party, Square Eddie, Chocolate Candy, Advice, Win Willy, and Musket Man.

As always, shaping the best ticket you can afford is the necessary heavy lifting. Success can return boxcar scores on a day you compete against amateurs (like drinking on St. Patrick's Day).