Saturday, May 19, 2012

Preakness 2012

Preakness  2012

As a racing enthusiast it is my opinion that to win the Kentucky Derby – luck is more of a factor than skill, but the winner of the Preakness is usually the more talented and skillful horse.
The two differences that change the balance of luck and skill in these two races – is the shorter distance in the Preakness, which is slightly closer to the races these horses prepped with.

And perhaps a more important difference is a smaller field of horses to run against. The Kentucky Derby usually hosts 20 horses, while the Preakness will line up nearly half that amount with 11. With fewer horses in the field – there’s less of a chance that a bad post position ends your chances for victory before the gate even opens. There's also fewer horses clogging up lanes that could be used by horses capable of closing out a race.
Strangely Sensitive Cheetah wishes his
agent would get him featured on
a blog that picks winning horses?

He also wishes his agent wasn't imaginary.
(I will add that this opinion is probably biased due to the amount of wrong betting choices I’ve made in the past several KY Derbies – but I still believe the most talented three year old usually prevails in 
the Preakness).

With that in mind, two things surprised me as we approached the 2012 Preakness – the first was that a number of the more talented horses are bowing out this Saturday.

I thought that Gemologist, Hansen, Dullahan and Union Rags all had a very solid shot at contending in this race.

Gemologist and Hansen got swallowed up early in the Kentucky Derby Traffic and never found a way to break free. Dullahan managed to find a lane late through the heavy traffic and was closing with intention – but fell shot, and Union Rags ( the horse I believe may have the most talent of any three year old) has just hit an unlucky streak in his last two races.
From what I’m reading we’ll see Dullahan and Union Rags return in the Belmont Stakes --- which is also a little unusual, because many times the more talented horses skip the Belmont (if they're not up for a Triple Crown) due to how strenuous the distance is.

The next surprise was the rivaling viewpoints of the fans of both Kentucky Derby winner #9 I’ll Have Another and the 2nd place early speedster #7 Bodemeister.

In Bodemeister’s corner you have a group claiming that his blistering early ½ mile (45 seconds) cost him the race down the stretch. With only 100 yards left in the KY Derby he was still the leader, and since the Preakness is more than a 100 yards shorter  --- there’s no question why he’s the favorite to win -- in fact I’ve read where people have stated that I’ll Have Another didn’t win the Derby, as much as Bodemeister lost it.

I pity the fool who says
 I'll Have Another just got lucky!
Of course – fans of I’ll Have Another find that disrespectful – and claim that come this Saturday the Kentucky Derby champ is going to run the same race….only a 100 yards earlier! Which will still leave Bodemeister as some Triple Crown chump --- crying to his mama!
I might be getting a little wrapped up in the smack talk…. ----->>
Before I break down my picks here’s a snapshot of the other horses.

I will say this about the following three horses , they haven’t raced since early April so they are coming in fresher than the horses returning after only two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby.

#1 – Tiger Walk – hasn’t won since Dec. 2011 – he also hasn’t looked like much of a contender against the bigger names this year. I assume his ownership likes Baltimore Crab Cakes or is a big fan of The Wire and just wanted to see the scenery - because I really don't think there's any other reason to run this horse this Saturday.
Senator Davis do you think
Tiger Walk will win?

#2 – Teeth of the Dog – I like this horse, but I believe he’s outclassed here. If fatigue is a factor for a few of the better horses I think he could crack the top 3, but I think he needs a lot of help.
#4 – Zetterhorn -  He’s won three in a row, but he’s never raced over a mile 1/16. His approach is to arrive late to the party, so if fatigue is a factor for the KY Derby horses – he could be the long shot to watch. But does he have a mile 3/16ths in him?

#3 – Pretension – Two weeks ago he won a race here at Pimlico, so I like his experience and his results at this track. Pretension could push Bodemeister in the early outing….but I believe he’s outclassed here as well and doesn’t have the benefit of having been rested for a month.

#5 Went the Day Well and #6 Creative Cause are currently going off at 6-1 odds and I think both of these horses are capable of a victory at the Preakness.
Went the Day Well – struggled with the KY Derby traffic but gave a very respectable late effort to finish fourth. With less traffic in this race he becomes a lot more dangerous.

In the Santa Anita Derby Creative Cause lost by only a nose to KY Derby Champion I’ll Have Another. A month earlier he defeated Bodemeister at Santa Anita – and he finished third last year in the Breeder’s Cup behind Hansen and Union Rags (both taking a break from the Preakness).
In my opinion, Creative Cause seems to lack a killer instinct --- some horses seem to “enjoy” winning and find ways of closing in the clutch….and I haven’t seen that so far out of Creative Cause – however he also strikes me as a very talented horse who is just prime to put all of the pieces together….similar perhaps to the 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer – more so in racing attitude than in style or talent.  Come this Saturday we may be calling him Creative Comeback?

#8 Daddy Nose Best – The Preakness will be Daddy’s 11th race in just under a year – by comparison I’ll Have Another will be racing his 7th time this Saturday. He’s never beaten a top tier horse and my guess is fatigue is going to be a bigger factor for Daddy Nose Best than most. If this horse wins – I guess you’d have to chalk it up to him being the most talented horse familiar with running on such short notice. But I think it’s far more likely this horse comes out flat (more like exhausted) and finishes south of 6th or 7th place.

#10 Optimizer – very similar to Daddy Knows Best  - enters his 11th race and hasn’t won since August 2011.

#11 Cozzetti – likes to close late and in his last race he finished 4th behind Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby. He has had some good workouts, but I think he’s going to need the top four horses in this race to come out flat – for him to challenge….and that seems unlikely. He could possibly steal a third or fourth place finish – but I think middle of the pack is where he'll finish.
That leaves us with Bodemeister vs. I’ll Have Another.

#7 Bodemeister has a fantastic post position, and he’ll look to go wire to wire in this race. Most likely his management and jockey would like to see a slightly slower first half mile so that he can close out the race with a little more strength. If the Kentucky Derby would have been 100 yards less Bodemeister would have been victorious in his last race.....and the Preakness is about 100 yards less than the Kentucky Derby.

I'm thinking the Red Sea reference might be
a little too big of a stretch for this description?
#9 I’ll Have Another – few horses succeed in the Kentucky Derby from the 15th post position and beyond. I’ll Have Another broke strongly from the 19th spot and moved to the top third of the field when suddenly - like a mini parting of the red sea miracle - the field broke up perfectly, providing him with a rare (and sweet) spot just off the rail and only about seven horses behind of what was too hot of a pace anyway!

He went four wide in the final turn (which was a gift, because horses have gone 12 wide or more before) and then he closed the race out like a Champ. Make no mistake – I think this horse does have a killer instinct, and he strikes me as a fighter.

So here’s the question in the 2012 Preakness –

Did the strategy to let Bodemeister fly in the early part of the Kentucky Derby only fail because one horse got lucky??

With lesser horses to impede him and less need for luck – will I’ll Have Another define himself as the horse on a mission – dare I ask is destiny calling?? Is his name really stating that he’ll just have another victory?? He’s won three straight and hasn’t lost a race under a mile.

You should know that as a racing enthusiast I’d love to see a Triple Crown….however –
Closing Speed likes: Bodemeister, Creative Cause, I’ll Have Another

And here’s how I’d bet $20

$2 Exacta – 7,9 with 2,4,5,6 = $8

In many cases a split will happen between the favorites, but this race does remind me a lot of the Curlin v. Street Sense Preakness and they finished 1st and 2nd.

$2 Win – Teeth of the Dog ---- as long as he’s 15-1 or higher
$2 Win – Zetterholm ---- as long as he’s 15-1 or higher

$4 Win on – Went the Day Well and Creative Cause, or $8 to win on only one of these horses  --- as long as they stay 6-1 or higher.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kentucky Derby 2012 - All bets are in!

Kentucky Derby 2012 – Part IV

In my last entry I wrote about the “long-shots” today I’m going to focus on eight of the more “favored” horses. However if you just want to skip to my picks those will be at the bottom.

I think we’re in for a very special Kentucky Derby this year for the exceptional reason that we haven’t seen the winner of the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile entered in the Kentucky Derby for the past five years – (Street Sense 2006-2007), in fact most horses who ran competitively in the past few Breeder’s Cup Juveniles didn’t even make it to the KY Derby – And for the 2012 Kentucky Derby we have the top five horses in a rematch – for horse racing it doesn’t get much better than this!

If you go back to Nov. 5 2011 – Breeder’s Cup Juvenile – here at Churchill Downs - this is how they finished:

1st  - Hansen
2nd – Union Rags
3rd – Creative Cause
4th – Dullahan
5th – Take Charge Indy

These horses are of course among the favorites – and here are the likely top eight horses come post time!

Both (currently) at 12-1 odds the top two horses out of California’s Santa Anita Derby, (2nd place) #8 Creative Cause & (Winner) #19 I’ll Have Another, are two horses I’m automatically scratching out as finishing well in this year’s KY Derby.

#8 Creative Cause has talent and a fantastic post position, but in my opinion he simply lacks a killer instinct. Additionally California prepped horses have simply failed to be much of a factor (over the past few years) come Triple Crown time. I don’t think Creative Cause has anything better than a 4th place finish in him.

#19 – I’ll Have Another – Better killer instinct, similar California prep, horrible post for this horse!!  I believe he’ll either go for the early lead – and in doing so spend so much energy going wide, he fades late or he runs counter to what got him here and finds he can’t close as well as a number of other horses.

I believe I'll Have Another needs the early lead and with these two options he’s not going to get it. Either way I think I’ll Have Another finishes middle of the pack (10th) or worse. I believe the odds on this horse should be closer to 20-1 / 30-1.

Speaking of early lead – I mentioned #3 Take Charge Indy in my entry yesterday as a longshot (15-1 current odds). However with the recent KY Derby success of his jockey Calvin Borel, and a great post for this early speedster – I won’t be surprised if Take Charge Indy becomes a 12-1 or as low as 8-1 horse for this race. 

Take Charge Indy will need to break out of the gate like a cannonball and keep Bodemeister and Hansen from completely overtaking him and pinning him behind them and into the rail. However if Borel gets this horse near the lead and a clear shot at the wire in the final stretch – he could make things very interesting! At 15-1 – I believe he’s a little under bet right now.

If only Hansen could self promote!!
Speaking of under bet --- current odds have #14 Hansen at 10-1, which in my opinion is a little disrespectful , because the last time Twin Spires gave him 10-1 odds he won the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile – what no love for the Champ?!?

Their thinking may be that Hansen is perhaps the best mile 1/16th horse on the track – problem is the Kentucky Derby is a mile and a quarter!  His two biggest victories (Breeder’s Cup Juvenile & Gotham Stakes) were both at 1 1/16th – his most recent second place finish (to Dullahan) in the Blue Grass Stakes was at 1 1/8th.

Coming out of the 14th spot Hansen will most likely challenge the early leaders.  And as they hit the final turn, he’ll begin to pass any lesser horses who enjoyed an early spotlight but have no will to finish (Trinniberg, maybe Take Charge Indy).  

And my guess is at 1 1/16 th – he and perhaps Union Rags and Bodemeister will be dueling it out….the question is what happens to these three horses in the next 3/16th of a mile?

Will Hansen find his endurance in May and follow the exact path of  Street Sense in 2007 (Street Sense also finished second in the Blue Grass Stakes before his Kentucky Derby Victory). At 10-1 odds this horse could be a steal!

My father always said you don't get to disrespect the Champ, until you've beaten him....which brings us to ---

You took my Pride, my Dignity & my Money
Mine That Bird!!
#5 Dullahan – (half brother, to my nemesis Mine That Bird) – enjoyed a late rally and victory over Hansen in the Blue Grass Stakes, so he’s proven he can handle additional distance. His style of racing is to hang back and rally late – so the early lead is of no consequence to him. His post position is great and at 8-1 he’s got some good looking odds. This is the horse who could fly by the early leaders in the last furlong and be the “Where did he come from horse”…..I like this horse to challenge for the top three spots I just think they’ll be too much traffic for him to win this Saturday.

#6 Bodemeister  (currently the favorite at 4-1) – this horse potentially has “everything”. He has a fantastic post postion, he has the ability to grab the early lead,  which would help him avoid getting caught up in traffic in the final turn  – and in the Arkansas Derby he not only handled the distance – he picked up steam and exploded down the stretch --- there wasn’t even a horse close to him when he hit the wire.

Strangely Sensitve Cheetah wishes
we'd change the topic of
The problem is….it was really just “one” race. He’s only had two wins out of four races – and his inexperience could be a factor.  My biggest concerns for Bodemeister is that if one of the early speeders sets an impossible pace (anything under 23 seconds, certainly anything under 22 seconds, in the first ¼ mile) Bodemeister could fight too hard to keep up, and have nothing in the tank late -- i.e. get lost in a speed trap, or be premature.

***Yeah I was going to have a Giraffe Mascot and I still may, but this Cheetah cracks me up -- you can post below if he's a keeper or not?

#15 Gemologist (currently going off at 6-1) enters the KY Derby undefeated in six races, and with two of his victories here at Churchill Downs. Three of his victories were over solid distances and really this horse has done everything to properly prepare for the biggest race of his life.  His only two negatives are he doesn’t have the best post for this race (#15) and he “really” hasn’t beaten anyone.  His biggest victory was his most recent in the Wood Memorial over (#11) Alpha – and Alpha didn’t have a great trip and only lost by a nose!

If the early pace wears out the early leaders and Gemologist positions himself well coming out of the final turn – I think he could finish in the top three – however I believe Gemologist will finish between 4th to 8th place when it’s all said and done.

The Rags in Union Rags is a
reference to dixieland music
And finally we come to perhaps the most talented prospect in the field #4 Union Rags. Out of six career races Union Rags has two losses --- the problem is those losses were in the biggest races of his life

(Finishing 2nd in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile and finishing a driving 3rd in the Florida Derby). 

This begs the questions –

Was the Breeder’s Cup loss just due to youth, and inexperience? Was the Florida Derby loss just due to a little bad positioning that kept him from closing that race out?

I’ve seen Triple Crown contenders just come out flat and uninspired in prep races before – but I don’t think that’s the case with Union Rags in the Florida Derby. I believe the way that race played out didn’t offer him a chance to win it. He got held up in traffic and just didn’t have enough ground to overtake the two leaders in that race – however his driving rally made me believe he just needed another 100 yards or so…..and he’ll have that 100 yards or so at Churchill this Saturday.

Or does this horse have a knack for not being able to win the big races – for whatever reason?? Good and bad luck is a strange phenomenon in sports - but you know it when you see it.

Union Rags will have a solid post with the #4 spot – he’ll run with the bulk of the pack behind the leaders and then he’ll need to find an open lane away from traffic coming out of the final turn. Without question I think he has the skill to finish in the top 3 – but he’ll need some good luck (which has been elusive for him so far) to pull out a victory.

In closing I believe (if the weather holds up) we’re in for one of two finishes.

1 – Bodemeister takes the early lead, explodes in the final stretch and wins by a few lengths over a hard closing Dullahan and/or Union Rags. Bodemeister looks dominant but his challengers look poised for round 2 in the Preakness. And in my opinion the Preakness is where we find out who really is the best three year old in the country.

Hold your tickets!
2 – It ends being the closest KY Derby we’ve seen in years (perhaps ever) – with as many as five horses contending for victory at the wire. It ends being a HOLD ALL TICKETS – millions of dollars hanging in the balance over a photo finish....that will seemingly last forever.

As a racing fan – I’m rooting for Bodemeister – if he can build on his Arkansas Derby victory – then he could be a “monster” talent. I would also enjoy watching Hansen bounce back and pull out another big Churchill Downs victory.

As a fan I’m being boring: 
Closing Speed likes: Bodemeister / Union Rags / Dullahan

However as a bettor – you’re looking for great odds – so here’s how I’d bet $20.

$ 4 – Take Charge Indy to win
$ 2 – Done Talking to win
$ 2 – Alpha  to win

$6 Exacta box – Dullahan / Union Rags / Alpha
$6 Exacta box – Union Rags / Take Charge Indy / Hansen

**If Union Rags ends up being the favorite, I would probably substitute him for  Bodemeister in the Exactas.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kentucky Derby Part III - Looking at Longshots!

Kentucky Derby 2012 – Part III
Looking at Longshots

Because of the depth of talent in this year’s Kentucky Derby – I believe a Longshot “upset” is less likely than it has been in the past few years.  I believe this year’s KY Derby resembles the 2007 Kentucky Derby where the spring’s best horses rose to the occasion (Street Sense, Hard Spun and Curlin).

However because of:
Ø  The number of horses running (20)
Ø  The unique distance – which will be new to all of these horses
Ø  And the fact that any of these horse could “blossom” at just the right time

A long shot win certainly isn’t out of the question – so here is my break down on the longshots – with a little help from my “new” sidekick Longshot Larry the Giraffe and his loveable friends!

#1 - Daddy Long Legs (30-1) – I’ll pass – this horse has drawn a very difficult post, he’s had to travel half way around the world, and I just don’t see him pulling out a victory here. I think he’s going to get pinned to the rail and never be heard from again.

#2 – Optimizer (50-1) – I’ll pass – From what I’m seeing this horse is going in the wrong direction (i.e. he’s not getting better). Love the odds, like the post position – but I don’t think this horse is ready.

#3 – Take Charge Indy (15-1) – Worth a bet – Two Words: Calvin Borel!! If Take Charge Indy breaks out of the gate well and owns the rail and the early lead, I believe this horse has a fighting chance, especially with a jockey who has won a number of recent Kentucky Derbies. He’ll need a healthy lead coming out of the final turn, and he’ll need all kinds of traffic issues for the more talented horses – and both are very real possibilities. I’m guessing at post time this horse could be going off at closer to 8-1, which is still “okay”….but if his odds exceed (20-1)  he’s definitely worth a bet.

"Grumpy the Gorilla" does not like
that Rousing Sermon got a great post!
#7 – Rousing Sermon (50-1) – I’ll pass – great post position, decent talent, but the Louisiana prepped horses haven’t shown me much this year. Sadly Sermon is the kind of horse who will just get in the way for this race and end up being a factor – in a bad way.

RESPECT?!? Did he just say
#9 – Trinniberg (50-1) – Worth a bet – I may have just lost the respect of a few more serious horse people with this call – but I think Trinniberg has a great opening spot, he can run with the early leaders , and while he hasn’t been tested for anything beyond a mile……there’s an outside hope that he may do very well with the distance. If he falls below 20-1 forget it, but at 50-1 and odds that could go beyond 100-1, I believe he’s worth a $2 bet. What’s likely is that he’ll be a part of the early runners and fade well before the final turn – but his odds may be too much fun to ignore. I'm also fully aware that this horse could finish dead last.

#10 – Daddy Nose Best (15-1) – I’ll pass – I like his post, I like his talent – but I’d need (40-1) or better before I’d bet on Daddy Nose Best.  I think 30-1 is a fair price for this horse, and we’re not there yet.

#11 – Alpha (15-1) – Worth a bet – Very fair price on this horse, very solid post position – what I like most about this horse is that in his last race (Wood Memorial) he had to pull up in the first turn and he still managed to fight Gemologist (6-1 – aka twice the odds??)  to the wire. Being pulled up in that race is just a little bad luck, and he may be getting overlooked because of it. He’ll need to find an open lane late in the Kentucky Derby – but I think he can finish without fading – and if the pace early is too fast he may be the horse with enough energy to close.

#12 – Prospective (30-1) – I’ll pass In the past he’s come up short against a number of these horses (13th) in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile, (6th) in the Blue Grass Stakes.

Strangely Sensitive Cheetah wishes he had
bet on Animal Kingdom last year....
#13 – Went the Day Well (20-1) – Consider yourself warned  (But I’ll pass) – This horse has the same connections as Animal Kingdom (last year’s Kentucky Derby Winner). He’s won his last two races but he remains a bit of a mystery because he hasn’t raced in the more prominent prep races. A number of betting “experts” like him….but all I can leave you with is – consider yourself warned.

With the exception of Done Talking I’m calling the #16 post and beyond the El Padrino Line – Outside of this line the amount of luck needed is too great and the amount of talent too little.

Although I can actually hear my father asking “How can you NOT bet on El Padrino on Cinco De Mayo?!?!!” I’ll pass.

#16 – El Padrino (20-1)
#18 – Sabercat (30-1)
#20 – Liaison (50-1)

#17 – Done Talking (50-1) – Worth a bet – Sure he’s beyond the “El Padrino Line” – however Done Talking successfully won the Illinois Derby by hanging back and closing late. If the favorites fade, a horse like Done Talking could be there for the upset. Keep in mind Illinois Derby winners haven’t been known to be very competitive in the past – however at 50-1 or higher – I think he’s worth a bet.

In my next post I'll cover the more favored horses in this year's Kentucky Derby.....and who knows maybe Longshot Larry and his friends will join us.....he's a Giraffe, because he has a "long" neck....aka Long shot??? Besides Giraffes don't get a lot of love in the Mascot area!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kentucky Derby Part II - Who's Yo Daddy!

Kentucky Derby 2012 – Part II
Who’s Yo’ Daddy?

In 2012 we lost two great sires – Dynaformer who passed away earlier in the week and A.P. Indy who will no longer sire any more offspring primarily due to his age.

Dynaformer (left) was the father (sire) to 2006 Kentucky Derby champion Barbaro – I believe many horse racing fans had hoped that Dynaformer and mare La Ville Rouge could produce another offspring to fulfill the promise of Barbaro’s career before it was ended abruptly when he was injured in the Preakness – and subsequently passed away months later from those injuries.
For those who don’t know,  the charasmatic Barbaro was undefeated going into the Kentucky Derby that year, he beat the rest of the field in Kentucky by a jaw dropping 8 ½ lengths, nobody was even close – in more ways than one…..and many believe that he was just beginning to fulfill his potential, as he was rumored to be an even better “turf” horse than dirt….and he was already the best three year old dirt horse in the country.

In an odd and sad twist of fate – Dynaformer died on Barbaro’s birthday.

But while Dynaformer is best known for one Kentucky Derby Champion…..A.P Indy is known for numerous Kentucky Derby contenders! Half the field in this year’s Kentucky Derby is related to A.P.

As a three year old racehorse A.P. Indy won the Santa Anita Derby, the Belmont Stakes and the Breeder’s Cup Classic…..he did all of this in 1992….no you read it correctly 1992!! Since then he’s managed to sire a (Seattle) slew of offspring.

It may be helpful to understand that A.P. Indy is the son of Triple Crown Champion Seattle Slew, and the grandson (on his mother’s side) to Triple Crown Champion Secretariat – so it comes as no surprise that his breeding is coveted.

For those Zenyatta fans  – A.P. Indy sired 2006 Preakness winner (and Zenyatta’s baby daddy / foal daddy?? Photo Below) Bernardini.  Bernardini is the sire to Alpha - who will line up this Saturday for the KY Derby.

Bodemeister (another KY Derby contender)– who was sired by Empire Maker (who many thought had a solid chance at a Triple Crown, but only took the Belmont Stakes) is related to both A.P. Indy and Storm Cat on his mother’s side. A.P. Indy and Storm Cat also had a part to play in SaberCat running in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.
An interesting side note regarding Empire Maker is that his ownership is having a very difficult time getting him to breed…..because of….well, a lack of interest by Empire Maker?!? Read into that what you want. So sadly the poorly named Empire Maker rarely produces a competing colt – I will add that Bodemeister’s mother’s name was Untouched Talent…..and you can read into that what you want as to what made her so desirable to Empire Maker. Empire Maker does have two additional fillies entered into the Kentucky Oaks….so maybe he was just being coy.

A.P. Indy is also the grandfather (sire) to these KY Derby Contenders: El Padrino, Prospective, and Optimizer.
A.P. Indy is the great grandfather (sire) too: Rousing Sermon, Liaison and Breeders Cup Juvenile Champion Hansen.

And finally A.P. Indy is the sire (father) to Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy – who will be ridden by the always dangerous Calvin Borel!

Over the next two years we’ll still see A.P. Indy's and Dynaformer's offspring enter into the run for the Triple Crown – and despite the void that will be left when that time is finished, they have helped to produce some amazing animals in the time they were given.

Two horses that are newer to the breeding scene are Scat Daddy and Teuflesberg – who are both horses that I wrote about when they were racing! Both of these horses had a lot of style and a lot of heart – and it has been fun to see their offspring contending for the Triple Crown.
Teuflesberg is the sire to Trinniberg – and I’ll just say that Trinniberg has kind of “snuck” into the Kentucky Derby. Trinniberg has never raced more than a mile in his lifetime and may have trouble finishing better than his father did in the 2007 Kentucky Derby (17th).

Of course I also thought Scat Daddy (the 2007 Florida Derby winner) would finish much better In the 2007 KY Derby than 18th (behind Teuflesberg) so maybe I’m missing how talented Trinniberg may be?!?
Scat Daddy has two offspring entering in this year’s KY Derby – UAE Derby Champion Daddy Long Legs and Daddy Nose Best.

It has been unexpected to enjoy watching these younger horses and remembering how well their parents ran before them.
One this is for sure the winner of the 2012 KY Derby will be heavily sought after to produce the next generation of great horses.

Below A.P. Indy wins the 1992 Breeder's Cup Classic -