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Sun Apr 13
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Kentucky Derby
Saturday was proof that just because there are three weekends of major final Kentucky Derby preps, not all of them are equally important. Last week, we saw California Chrome strengthen his status as the clear-cut favorite for the Kentucky Derby with another devastating score in the Santa Anita Derby. We also saw Wicked Strong emerge as one of the most dangerous closing threats in this Derby with a going away score over good colts in the Wood Memorial.
Sun Apr 6
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Kentucky Derby
Clarity. It’s a word you see invoked often during every Triple Crown prep season, more as a plea than anything else. Well, in the 1:47.52 it took him to dominate Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome provided all the Triple Crown prep clarity anyone could reasonably ask for.
Sun Mar 30
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Kentucky Derby
*For a colt who raced only twice before, Constitution deserves a lot of credit for his winning performance in the Florida Derby. He had to eat a fair amount of dirt rating just off the lead inside, he was willing to go through an opening on the rail late on the far turn, and he willingly battled the length of the stretch with a known fierce competitor in Wildcat Red, who won the Fountain of Youth and Hutcheson in his last two starts, despite being pinned down on the wood.
Sun Mar 23
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping
The PETA video released Thursday alleging mistreatment of horses by trainer Steve Asmussen and assistant Scott Blasi, who was relieved of his duties Saturday, continues to be a firestorm in U. S. thoroughbred racing. Everyone has an opinion about it, and here are a few of my thoughts:
Sun Mar 16
2014
Mike Watchmaker
Categories: Handicapping, Kentucky Derby
Some Triple Crown preps are easier to assess than others, but Saturday’s Rebel at Oaklawn is proving more difficult than most. Whether it was because of the sealed, wet-fast surface it was run over, or because of all the body checking in the stretch, drawing conclusions from this race is not easy, even with almost a day to think about it. So, in lieu of that, let’s ask and answer one question for each for the four who turned out to be the Rebel’s main protagonists.