Not a bad weekend of racing, huh? And certainly a long one if you were waking up early to watch the festivities from Dubai. We're in the home stretch for 2012 Kentucky Derby prep races; the next two weeks will feature the Wood, Santa Anita Derby, Illinois Derby, Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes as the final events for Derby contenders to pick-up those oh-so-valuable graded stakes earnings.
Below are my thoughts on last weekend's races, in majestic bullet point form:
- How about those Staff Picks guys this week? TFTribe had Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy as his win bet, and Jared and JP had Reveron as among their long-shot plays. Put them together and you got a $17.40 winner and a $121.10 $1 Exacta. Not too bad at all.
Nice work, guys.
- Take Charge Indy earned a 95 Beyer for his win in the Florida Derby. Solid compared to the rest of the crop but a little lacking when we look back on the past few years. Where have all the big figure horses gone? Is it a product of the state of the breed, or are the figures themselves a little off?
So, has it settled in yet that the winner of the Louisiana Derby was 109/1 shot Hero of Order? The preliminary Beyer figure for the race is a 90, which is better than the Lecomte, but not nearly as good as the Risen Star.
It should be noted that give of Nates Mineshaft’s six victories have come at the Fair Grounds, suggesting that he could just be a horse for course. I hope he’s able to carry this form away from New Orleans because he’d add a nice element to the Classic division.