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Thu May 5
2011
Steven Crist
Categories: Kentucky Derby
 It's later than you think: First post Friday for the 12-race Kentucky Oaks card is 10:30 a.m. and the first of the day's three pick-4's starts half an hour later with the second race at 11 a.m. Here's a snapshot of the Oaks and Derby cards -- a total of 25 races, 11 of those graded stakes including four Grade 1's, and there are two pick-6's, two pick-5's and seven pick-4's over the two days:  
Mon May 2
2011
Steven Crist
Categories: Kentucky Derby
It was only a few years ago that Kentucky Derby entrants who had not run a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure were widely dismissed as outsiders. Giacomo went off as the 14th choice at 52-1 in 2005 in part because his best Beyer coming into the race was a 98. This year, a 98 is the fastest last-out figure in the field.
Sat Apr 23
2011
Steven Crist
1:15 pm: Late scratches have reduced the universe of possible Rainbow 6 combinations from 2.4 million to 1.2 million, but may have made the sequence tougher since the scratches include the morning-line favorites in the first two legs of the bet.
Mon Apr 18
2011
Steven Crist
Where is the most expensive residential lakefront property in the United States? Lake Tahoe, Nevada would be a good guess, and that was the right answer until last year, when average property values were supassed by those where I spent this past weekend: Canadaigua Lake, the westernmost of the four Finger Lakes in western New York state, and the home of Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.
Fri Apr 15
2011
Steven Crist
It's a big and busy Saturday, with the last two Grade 1 preps for the Derby at Oaklawn and Keeneland and a $1 million race for older horses at Charles Town, but I'll be spending it at the only track running a nine-race card comprised entirely of races at 4 1/2 furlongs: It's opening day at Finger Lakes!