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skipaway
04-25-2010, 05:15 PM
So one week before the KY Derby and we've lost the favorite, Eskenderaya. Pletcher reported Eskenderaya has a "filling" in his front leg and will no longer be pointed to the Triple Crown races. Further testing will be done this week to see exactly what the issue is. :fragile:

Pletcher has 5 horses and will possibly be entering a filly named Devil May Care. She will be cross entered in both the Derby and the Oaks.

Eskenderaya out of Derby (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/56650/eskendereya-out-of-derby)

danceronice
04-26-2010, 01:03 AM
I've been more interested in Lookin At Lucky, and given how out of left field most of the preps have been, I'm not exactly heartbroken to lose Eskenderaya. (Heard on TVG this morning.) At least they didn't wait until the morning of like with I Want Revenge!

And of course the other big news is Rachel Alexandra may be entered on the Derby undercard in the La Troienne. Rumor has it her works have been improving.

sk8er1964
04-26-2010, 01:10 AM
This has nothing to do with this year's Derby, but a bunch of my family/friends are planning on going to next year's. Sounds like a fun experience!

danceronice
04-26-2010, 06:07 PM
Devil May Care is IN and will not be entered in the Oaks, per Todd Pletcher this morning.

And Rule is out. So Jackson Bend and Backtalk move up into the gate.

skipaway
04-26-2010, 08:32 PM
Devil May Care is IN and will not be entered in the Oaks, per Todd Pletcher this morning.

And Rule is out. So Jackson Bend and Backtalk move up into the gate.

Backtalk only gets in if Interactif doesn't run. Pletcher said he may not run him. Devil May Care is already in the lineup due to her graded stakes earnings.

Here's the Current list:
Updated Graded Stakes List (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/56670/update-graded-stakes-earnings-list)

btw: Backtalk is the son of Smarty Jones.

skipaway
04-26-2010, 09:59 PM
Pletcher confirms that Interactif won't run....now Backtalk is in.

Interesting article from DRF

Derby Changes in 24 Hours (http://www.drf.com/news/article/112487.html)

danceronice
04-27-2010, 12:35 AM
I hope Smarty Jones' stud fee is way, way lower than it used to be (it's "private", word has it it's WAY down from its initial fee, which makes sense as Birdstone's offspring have whipped his offsprings' rears in earnings so far.)

Same article I saw this morning had Pletcher saying Interactif wasn't going. It was pretty much a given. And I wonder how much the decision on Devil May Care came from her jockey being free now Eskenderaya is out. (Apparently he's going to be sold in the fall and Fifth Third's protecting their investment.) I'm surprised about Rule.

Thoroughbred Times had some pretty pictures on their Facebook page this afternoon of American Lion.

skipaway
04-27-2010, 12:40 AM
Interesting article by Andy Beyer...who irritates me sometimes...but has some excellent points. His take on trainers/owners who enter their horses in the KY Derby when they really shouldn't.


Nevertheless, Churchill Downs's starting gate will be filled to capacity on Saturday. The rules of the Derby limit the field to 20 entrants, and for the sixth straight year the race has attracted the maximum number. This is a new phenomenon. From 1985 to 2004, the Derby didn't have a single 20-horse field. The numbers reflect the sustained popularity of the event, but there is also a disturbing development that has helped create these 20-horse fields. Most trainers have stopped employing sound judgment and horsemanship to determine whether a horse belongs in the Derby.

and


Last year, after one entrant was scratched, a total of 19 horses started in the Derby. Of them, 16 did not win a race for the remainder of the year. Six didn't race more than once. Promising colts regressed and couldn't regain their form after their Derby venture. It is understandable that almost any owner and trainer wants to experience the excitement of the Kentucky Derby, but it is an experience that often comes at a high price.



Andy Beyer (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/26/AR2010042601855.html)

danceronice
04-27-2010, 02:14 AM
Interesting point (he annoys me at times, too) but the fact remains they have to earnings-qualify, which means they're beating or finishing in the money either in a LOT of company (not the case these days with 2 and 3yo) or against expensive, ie stakes, company. Though there is a horse in this year whose last win was an allowance. Which doesn't say a whole lot for the three-year-old crops lately in general.

pollyanna
04-27-2010, 02:44 AM
Devil May Care is IN and will not be entered in the Oaks, per Todd Pletcher this morning.

Bummer. I'm going to the Oaks this year and I was looking forward to seeing her run.

JacksonSnow
04-27-2010, 08:35 PM
The Kentucky Derby is a great event to go to, not a fan of watching it on TV, but I've gone in-person twice and had a blast.

danceronice
04-27-2010, 08:51 PM
I wish I could go! I've never had the chance.

danceronice
04-28-2010, 03:55 PM
Endorsement fractured his leg in a bullet work and is out. Interactif may or may not be in (if he's out Make Music For Me is in). Draw is today at noon so we'll have a final list.

danceronice
04-28-2010, 05:35 PM
http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2010/April/28/Kentucky-Derby-field.aspx

Field is up! Interactif is OUT. Lookin At Lucky is the morning-line favorite and draws post 1, while ML second choice Sidney's Candy draws #20! The filly Devil May Care is in 11, and will put on blinkers.

I am kind of rooting for Sidney's Candy for Joe Talamo's sake.

BaileyCatts
05-01-2010, 10:13 PM
I don't understand about the odds (like 20-1 or 8-1). Is it the higher the number the better chance the horse has, or the lower? In that example, which horse is the better choice?

I am picking Dean's Kitten ... 'cause of the :cat: factor. :lol: