First off, before we get to the Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty works, let's at least acknowledge both colts for getting this far. Read Blog
To start, this is as tough a Derby as I have ever had to decipher, with a case to be made for at least dozen of the horses. I will break the race down in several categories and then put it all together and come up with something that resembles a wagering strategy.
The big day is almost here. No, not the Derby; having to make selections, which will be in Friday's column. These selections are based primarily on observations over the past eight days, and it's going to be particularly difficult this year. In the meantime, he are a few late odds and ends.
With only two days remaining before the big race, no news is good news, especially around the Bobby Frankel barn. Frankel kept throwing one word around in response to inquiries about Empire Maker's jog – "Perfect."
The works are over, the order of post position draw has been determined, and after the trainer and owners choose their posts this evening there will nothing left but the waiting. OK, and the partying.
This year's Kentucky Derby horses refuse to make things easy. Just when it's time to start narrowing down the list of contenders, they go and work like super horses, while Empire Maker aggravates a minor foot bruise.
Ten Most Wanted stamped himself as Empire Maker's public enemy number one this morning with a brilliant 5-furlong work. Not to be outdone, Buddy Gil also turned in another of his typical sharp works.
This was the big morning everyone has been waiting for, with Empire Maker and Peace Rules having their one and only work at Churchill Downs, while Ron Ellis sent Atswhatimtalknbout out for the most important work of his career.
The storm that hit Louisville yesterday lingered until mid-morning, with the drizzle and wind finally giving way to brightening skies. With very little action, today will be more of a Derby potpourri. The heavy duty works pick up tomorrow, headed by Empire Maker and Peace Rules.
Except for the thunder that rocked Louisville in the early morning hours, all was quiet on the Kentucky Derby front, with no workers. The biggest excitement was provided by Peace Rules, whose wild show coming off the track caused some scary moments for Bobby Frankel.
It was an important morning for Empire Maker and trainer Bobby Frankel, as the Derby favorite went out for his much-anticipated schooling session in the gate. Known for his erratic gate behavior, the son of Unbridled provided a few anxious moments, but in the end passed his test in fine style.
The highlights of Wednesday's activity were the workouts by Ten Most Wanted and the Bob Baffert pair of Kafwain and Indian Express, and a first-time visit to Arkansas Derby winner Sir Cherokee at Trackside training center.
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