Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer
Mother Nature was windy and wet for Kentucky Derby 143. – But that’s horse racing. – The world wanted to see a spring-like day with sunshine and packed stands. Well the latter may have held true, and the weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the racing faithful. – Hope you had a great Derby weekend, and best of luck from your friends at BetPTC.com !
Race #5 – #4 – Paid Up Subscriber – 1 1/16
Joel Rosario in the irons for Chad Brown. This daughter of Candy Ride was making her second start of the year. She has solid works over the Churchill surface and was forced to check sharply and bumed soundly as the odds-on favorite.
Race #6 – #2 – Breaking Lucky – 1 1/16
Javier Castellano in the saddle with a son of Lookin at Lucky. 2nd off the layoff and was working well in the morning. He was bumped at the start, caught in tight, and bumped around through most of the race.
Race #8 – #2 – Union Strike – 7f
Brice Blanc in the driver’s seat for this daugher of Union Rags making her second start off the shelf. Two straight bullet works and she broke awkwardly making up solid ground to be the bridesmaid this day. She’ll be a handful next out.
Race #7 -#1 – Linda – 1 mile on the turf
Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle for Ian Wilkes. She was 1/1 at CD making her 2nd start of the year. The red-hot bullet work had her ready, and she was forced 4 wide and eventually kicked out 6 wide making up ground in a hurry to be 3rd this day.
Race #8 – #5 – No Dozing – 1 mile
Joel Rosario in the saddle Arnaud Delacour. This son of Union Rags was a beaten favorite in the (G-3) Lexington. He was fractious in the gate, broke slowly, and shifted 9 wide into the stretch to be bested down the lane.
Race #12 – #14 – Classic Empire – 1 1/4 – The Kentucky Derby
Julien Leparoux aboard for Mark Casse for this son of Pioneer of the Nile. 2/2 at CD and 1/1 on an off-track. He looked super strong prior to the race and ultra impressive in the Arkansas Derby. He bobbled at the break and was knocked around quite a bit. He regrouped nicely and made an honest effort to be fourth. – After the race his right eye was swelling badly and his next effort is up in the air. – When he comes back he’ll exact some payback for his backers.