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  • Derby Picks

    So without discussion on other peoples picks, I want to hear who is your Derby pick.

    Mine is Hard Spun, I saw him in Keeneland in March and he looked fabulous (even though he tried to bite me)! He has had a good racing record, and it seems in his workouts he is just getting better.

    My only concern is the fact that his last workout might have been too fast - however all indicators point to it took nothing out of him. My friend (who knows a little bit about racing) reckons he might get pushed to the front and tire.

    I have to say that part of the reason I like him so much is Larry Jones is the nicest guy! I spent a good couple hours with him at Keeneland, and he is probably one of the most down to earth people I have met. Last night for instance at the dinner he said 'In Keeneland people said I was working him to slow, in CD they say I am working him too fast - I just hope that regardless of my bad training he wins' or his stance a jockeys 'the good ones know what they are doing, and the bad ones won't listen anyway'.

  • #2
    And he is Red Hot right now.

    Mine is Circular Quay.
    I also like Nobiz Like Shobiz
    Hard Spun wraps up my short list.
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    • #3
      There are SO many nice horses this time, hard to be sure, butt:

      I think it'll be

      Curlin and Nobiz at the wire, and Tiago and maybe Hard Spun or Cowtown Cat coming up along.

      I'm gunning for Sightseeing in the Preakness...
      "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James

      Proud member of the Wheat Loss Clique.


      • #4
        Any Given Saturday
        Circular Quay
        Hard Spun
        If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
        Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


        • #5
          If the winner of this year's Derby takes it by more then 1 length I'll be very surprised. This field looks rather evenly matched and while a few horses are a bit out of their league [e.g., Bwanna Bull, Storm in May] the balance have similar styles.

          There is no standout closer - yes Tiago did it in the Santa Anita, but honestly when was the last SA Derby winner translating into the KY Derby winner? Still thinking of the answer? Tick, tock ... the answer would be 1989's Sunday Silence. The next one would 1988's filly Winning Colors

          There also is no quasi-rabbit in the field and/or better suited sprinter.

          The big names generally seem content to rate and I can't think of one which distinctly must be on the lead. Accordingly I suspect this race will be somewhat similar to the Blue Grass Stakes which looked a heck of a lot like a European turf race

          My dark horse for taking the Derby: Teufelsberg. Although it will be a major step up by him to do so and will require a few factors to transpire. Sam P, not generally seen as a dark horse but overlooked could shock folks if just allowed to run his own style.

          Otherwise I'm still behind Nobiz Like Shobiz to be there in the end.

          No knocks on Street Sense, Hard Spun, or Scat Daddy. All three could take the win too.


          • #6
            Street Sense or Tiago.

            *OMGiH I Loff my Mare* and *My Saddlebred Can Do Anything Your Horse Can Do*


            • #7
              I have no clue who will win, but for sentiment sake, I will root for Tiago.


              • #8
                I will be on Tuefelsbergs band wagon, how ever you spell his name. However Street Sense or Curlin are the logical choices,


                • #9
                  I'm feeling Scat Daddy and NoBiz
                  Mighty Thoroughbred Clique
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                  • #10
                    I've been pulling for Curlin all along, I just wish he wasn't the favorite now. I'd love to see him blow the naysayers away!
                    We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.


                    • #11
                      My picks will have to be

                      1. Curlin (Look at this photo. Who does he look like? )
                      He's undefeated but he ran 3 races and they were not G1 rated. Does this matter? Will he be able to win the Derby?

                      2. Nobiz Like Shobiz: I just love how this colt looks. Won 4 out of his 6 races.

                      3. Street Sence: Won the Breeder's Jup Juvenile. Lovely looking horse.
                      "Common sense is so rare nowadays, it should be classified as a super power."-Craig Bear Laubscher


                      • #12
                        From this picture of Curlin in training he has plenty of spunk! High-ho Curlin pulling a Secretariat in the Preakness


                        • #13
                          Going for a long shot

                          Zanjero. Always close, maybe the bridesmaid will become the bride (or, since they are all males, maybe the best man will become the groom.)


                          • #14
                            Curlin- been following him since he was sold after that maiden race. Kinda sad that he's the favorite, since I don't usually go for the favorites.

                            Circular Quay



                            • #15
                              Originally posted by HungLikeAStallion View Post
                              he looked fabulous (even though he tried to bite me)!.

                              I love this! naughty colt! I also like Hard Spun.. he was my fav back in January.. I also jumped on to the Nobiz like Shobiz train and remain there... BUT...then there is Curlin... These are my top three.
                              Hard Spun

                              but Scat Daddy is awful darn nice too....


                              • #16
                                [QUOTE=Nikki^;2406315]My picks will have to be

                                1. Curlin (Look at this photo. Who does he look like? )

                                hmm..Let 's see.. the phrase.."he's moving like a tremendous machine." comes to mind!



                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Flypony View Post
                                  I will be on Tuefelsbergs band wagon, how ever you spell his name. However Street Sense or Curlin are the logical choices,
                                  I know the person who just bought a 25% interest in Tuefelsberg, so I'll be cheering for him. None of the other Derby entries have really captured my imagination, so I figure route for the horse I "know".


                                  • #18
                                    I know, I thought so too! I won't say the 'S' word, it'd probably jinx him, thank goodness he only has two socks!
                                    We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.


                                    • #19
                                      Curlin, Nobiz are the two I am rooting for, but I think it is hard to pick this year.


                                      • #20
                                        I'm going with Hard Spun, but I like Stormello as the long shot.