2 Replies | 387 ViewsOn 05/02/2012 04:26 PM in Other Sports
You will read and read and hear about all types of horses and angles to play, but this field is harder to pick than any maiden race a Saratoga on any given day. The Kentucky Derby has tried to limit the amount of horses by making it a qualifier with minimal purses earned. Just does not seem to faze many owners and trainers as there are still 23 horses for the race.
This is a crap shoot no matter how you look at it. Any horse can get trapped, pushed, dirt in the face and not like it and then of course it could rain which really screws up everything. Has rained 2 or 3 years now.
We don't have the post position yet for the big race, but lets take a look at a few horses that you should consider for wagers. The favorites will be Union Rags (Julien LaParoux aboard) and Bodemiester (Mike Smith aboard) but a horse that I like and ran a very impressive race with pretty much a hand ride is Dullahan. He has one of the BEST jockeys in Ken Desermeaux to guide him through a good trip.
Again, the jockey is very important with a field of 23 horses. Can't do much better than Desermeaux. No jockey knows Churchill track like Calvin Borel who will be guiding Take Charge Indy on the rail and closing at the end. This horse is fresh and Calvin has ridden him 2x already to victories.
This is a crapshoot......I would not try to win my morgage on here, but have fun with it....with so many horses any exotic bet is going to pay some $$$
With out the post positions I am still going with Dullahan over ALL exacta. ($44)
Triple box of $2 on Dullahan, Take Charge Indy and Optimizer. ($12)
Friday on the Kentucky Oaks........... On Fire, Grace Hall (wins it all) and Summer Applause with Dullahan for a Daily Double.
I may do a $5 double on this for $15.
Things to look for on the day...... Laparoux on turf, Costellano on turf. If Desormoux runs with Mott as the trainer on the turf, hit it.