What does the WirePlayers Derby Dozen have in common with the stews at Gulfstream? We took down Cairo Prince and put Top Billing on top despite him finishing well behind Wildcat Red in the Fountain of Youth. We did ’em one better, both the 1st and 2nd place finishers of the Fountain of Youth didn’t crack our top 12. Of course, if you believe in the speed bias this all makes perfect sense. What make less sense is why Havana was unceremoniously dropped from this weekend’s Kentucky Derby Futures Pool #3. I figured he’d take some money in the Future Pool while having faint chance of winning the Derby – just what you want if you’re playing to the ‘field’.
Side note, five of the eleven entrants in Saturday’s Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct garnered votes from Derby Dozen panelists; the race results may indicate who’s on point. Enjoy the dozen:
The WirePlayers blog is powered by Liege waffles, Ardbeg, and 50 cent Pick 4s. But it’s these fine individuals who provide the true brain power behind the Derby Dozen (ballots):
Brian Zipse from Horse Racing Nation
Rob from Amateurcapper
Geno from EquiSpace
Tony Bada Bing from Horse Racing Nation