Tag Archives: Kentucky Derby

Not Trying Too Hard

Kentucky-born author Bobbie Ann Mason once wrote “Deep down Kentuckians are always afraid that people are going to be surprised to see them with shoes on.” Perhaps that explains the preoccupation with women’s fashion and those ridiculous hats at the Kentucky Derby. … Continue reading

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Nobody Knows Anything – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume V

Two days out from the Derby and we have our final ranking. Panel consensus indicates ORB as the most likely winner based on points, but REVOLUTIONARY received the most #1 votes. How do you explain that: apparently those who like … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume IV

Fragments of useful data interspersed with healthy doses of cynicism and discontent, we’re proud to release our latest Derby Dozen poll. The top half of our Derby Dozen poll is similar to three weeks ago with some reshuffling due to Orb’s … Continue reading

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The Spiral Stakes (G3) – Hanging in the Balance

Originally Posted at ThoroFan. With the new Kentucky Derby points system in play, Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park offers one of only a couple chances for turf horses to pick up the points needed to make it into the … Continue reading

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Boom Goes Bust – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume III

Much like a third world economy, some Kentucky Derby contenders undergo profound Boom and Bust cycles every prep season. For “Exhibit A” take the case of Super Ninety Nine. He failed to garner a single vote in Volume I, but after a scintillating, … Continue reading

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Making Sense of the Rebel Stakes

The Rebel Stakes was run Saturday, and while I wasn’t too overwhelmed by the race as a whole, it did lend us to some answers about a few Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The race was run cleanly, and featured a slightly … Continue reading

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Our Gift to You, Derby Dozen Volume II

To avoid having anyone important in the racing industry getting on their high horse and being pissed at us, we’ve purged any semblance of criticism, parody, sarcasm, or general douchery from the latest Derby Dozen. What’s left is nothing but … Continue reading

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Saturday’s Derby Preps at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream Park

The Kentucky Derby prep season moves into the “Championship” phase according to Churchill’s new points system. What that means is that this weekend’s Risen Star and Fountain of Youth Stakes are worth 50 points to winner. In the Risen Star … Continue reading

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Baffert with Short-priced Favs on President’s Day

California-based trainer Bob Baffert has two short-priced favorites going in President’s Day graded stakes today. He ships SUPER NINETY NINE (7/5) to Oaklawn Park for a Derby prep; the Grade III Southwest Stakes. He also has BRIGAND (9/5) on the … Continue reading

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Like a Bad Penny – WirePlayers Derby Dozen (Volume I)

It’s back. Embarking on our 4th spring of passing judgment upon Kentucky Derby hopefuls, it’s fitting to paraphrase Judge Smails, we didn’t want to do it, but felt we owed it to them. We assembled a panel of 12 horseplayers … Continue reading

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Delta Decade – 10th Running of the Delta Jackpot

The Delta Jackpot turns ten this year. In years past the million dollar purse all but guaranteed the winner’s admission to the Kentucky Derby. While past winners of the Jackpot have not had success in the Kentucky Derby there have … Continue reading

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Triple Crown Possibilities – Thoughts on the Belmont Stakes

Steve Munday: Okay, horse racing hasn’t had a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed did it in 1978 (past winners). Why so long? The experts blame modern breeding practices, increased use of race day meds, and U.S. training techniques. I’m not … Continue reading

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Preakness Thoughts & Bodie Pics

The 2nd leg of the Triple Crown shifts from blue grass Kentucky to blue collar Baltimore. Whereas the Kentucky Derby is Mint Juleps and fancy hats, the Preakness is beer and ‘wife beaters.’ Saturday’s crowd at Pimlico will reflect Baltimore’s … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Daddy? The WirePlayers Derby Dozen (Volume 5)

After four months of preps, I’m not sure we have a better handle on what will happen in the Derby than when we started. This isn’t because we haven’t been paying attention, it’s just there’s about a dozen horses in … Continue reading

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Discovering Untouched Talent at Virginia’s Audley Farm

In 137 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, only four Virginia bred horses have ever won. The most recent was SEA HERO in 1993 and the most notable was Triple Crown winner SECRETARIAT in 1973, arguably the greatest horse to ever … Continue reading

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