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KellyAssauer
05-07-2011, 07:07 AM
Anybody got a favorite?

(Please, no wagering) ;)

HobbitTon
05-07-2011, 07:14 AM
Isn't horse racing all about luck?

KellyAssauer
05-07-2011, 07:19 AM
When you have a 20 horse field and questionable track conditions (it may rain) at the Derby... then yes, I might agree.

But in good conditions and a 15 horse field...
I'm much better at making money.
So, no. It's not all luck.

Soccer Mom
05-07-2011, 07:27 AM
Luck can play a part in any sporting event, but it certainly isn't the sole determiner.

There are some awesome names this year. Stay Thirsty? Pants on Fire? Of course as writers, we should probably cheer for Comma to the Top, but I like Midnight Interlude. My long shot is Shackleford.

Komnena
05-07-2011, 07:29 AM
Stay Thirsty. I'm a big fan of his daddy.

HobbitTon
05-07-2011, 07:35 AM
Well, then I am going for the complete underdog Watch Me Go.

Alessandra Kelley
05-07-2011, 07:47 AM
Where I come from "horse hockey" is a synonym for "nonsense." Ahem.

I thought this thread was going to be way different.

KellyAssauer
05-07-2011, 07:50 AM
I hate to say it, but I'll post my pick tomorrow. I need to see track conditions, get a feel for what jockey is doing well at the track, see if I can avoid a D-Wayne entry... oh no, Desormeaux doesn't have a ride? And then there's the speed rating, and who's peeking and... oh my, I may have said too much already!

=)

Caitlin Black
05-07-2011, 11:15 AM
Twinspire.

Because I like that name the best. :)

Soccer Mom
05-07-2011, 06:40 PM
Uncle Mo is a scratch. That will have quite an impact.

Jersey Chick
05-07-2011, 06:44 PM
I have to go with Pants on Fire. I like either an underdog or an unusual name so there you have it.

KellyAssauer
05-07-2011, 06:53 PM
I have to go with Pants on Fire. I like either an underdog or an unusual name so there you have it.

AND there's Rosie Napravnik, a woman jockey riding Pants On Fire. I have a feeling that this entry might just make my trifecta! (talk about odd reasons to pick a horse! :D)

Jersey Chick
05-07-2011, 07:02 PM
Not to mention, Rosie's a Jersey girl.

In. The. Bag. :D

firedrake
05-07-2011, 07:10 PM
Isn't horse racing all about luck?

Nah.

With US racing, the quality of the jockeys is so appalling that I'd be picking a horse with a good jockey, like Burrell.

Lavern08
05-07-2011, 08:03 PM
I have to go with Pants on Fire. I like either an underdog or an unusual name so there you have it.

Yep, me too! ;)

KellyAssauer
05-07-2011, 08:31 PM
With US racing, the quality of the jockeys is so appalling that I'd be picking a horse with a good jockey, like Burrell.

Who needs the world's best jockeys when we have the best push-button horses? I mean seriously, name one internationally known horse, besides Camilla Parker Bowles...

:D

firedrake
05-07-2011, 08:37 PM
Who needs the world's best jockeys when we have the best push-button horses? I mean seriously, name one internationally known horse, besides Camilla Parker Bowles...

:D

Zenyatta was fantastic and definitely known outside the U.S. She would've retired with a perfect record if her jockey hadn't screwed up.

Don't compare Camilla to a horse, it's an insult to horses. :D

KellyAssauer
05-08-2011, 01:08 AM
I'm down to four: Nehro, Pants On Fire, Derby Kitten and Midnight Interlude. Pants in the sentimental so if I we're betting... I think I'd go with Nehro to win or Midnight...ahh! Might have to buy two tickets! =)

Fenika
05-08-2011, 01:20 AM
If I didn't live in the middle of nowhere I'd find a neighbor to watch the race with. Alas. I'll have to catch it on youtube later.

Ambrosia
05-08-2011, 01:25 AM
I like Twinspired because he is a grey, but greys hardly ever win and since he was beaten by other horses in the field in another race, I don't think he will win.

I thought it would come down between Dialed In and Toby's Corner, but Toby's Corner has an injury keeping him from running today, so I will have to pick another challenger to Dialed In. Or just stay with him.

BeatrixKiddo
05-08-2011, 01:39 AM
I used to watch religiously when I was younger. (being a horse nut and all) But I haven't watched in years. Completely forgot it was on. I think part of the reason I stopped watching was I didn't like finding out about some of the drugs they put the horses on to stop them from bleeding since some race so young. (not sure if they do that anymore, but stuff like that bothers me with horses)

Remember the filly Winning Colors? Those were the years I watched. (1988)

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/history/year/1988

firedrake
05-08-2011, 01:46 AM
I used to watch religiously when I was younger. (being a horse nut and all) But I haven't watched in years. Completely forgot it was on. I think part of the reason I stopped watching was I didn't like finding out about some of the drugs they put the horses on to stop them from bleeding since some race so young. (not sure if they do that anymore, but stuff like that bothers me with horses)
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Remember the filly Winning Colors? Those were the years I

I believe horses are allowed to race when taking Lasix (for the bleeding) and Bute (for inflammation) in the U.S. Horses aren't allowed to run here if they're on those. A winning horse is taken for a urine sample after a race to test for those drugs.

I could go on and on and on about what's wrong with racing in the U.S. For starters, each state controls its own racing. There's no unified governing body with any clout.

The way the majority of jockeys ride there would get them a ban if they rode like that here. They don't think, there's no finesse. They let the horses run from out of the gates without saving anything for the final furlong. When the horses start to tire, they pick up the whip and whack them across the finish line.

etc. etc. etc.

KellyAssauer
05-08-2011, 01:58 AM
They let the horses run from out of the gates without saving anything for the final furlong. When the horses start to tire, they pick up the whip and whack them across the finish line.
etc. etc. etc.

We're watching different races, or Jockeys. Desormeaux never touched Real Quiet (the fish!) with the whip, and held the horse near the front and steady until the final stretch. Last year's Belmont was crazy slow, until turn three, etc. etc. etc.

mscelina
05-08-2011, 02:16 AM
On my dream ticket, I have Pants on Fire to win, Twinspired to place and Animal Kingdom to show.

Have to go with Pants on Fire. Have to--girl jockey...funny name...

But, I have a second ticket too. The REAL one. Mucho Macho Man to win, Pants on Fire to place, Dialed In to show.

Five bucks on the dream ticket. Ten bucks on the REAL ticket. Either one will send me on an around the world trip with an Exacta. COME ON HORSIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mscelina
05-08-2011, 02:21 AM
And as a public service, Churchill Downs officials should forbid the crowd from attempting to sing My Old Kentucky Home. There's only about four people there who are sober enough to sing the right lyrics at the right time and in the right key.

KellyAssauer
05-08-2011, 02:29 AM
And as a public service, Churchill Downs officials should forbid the crowd from attempting to sing My Old Kentucky Home. There's only about four people there who are sober enough to sing the right lyrics at the right time and in the right key.

:roll:

You should come to the Belmont, where the crowd rolls in their own coolers and tries to sing New York New York...about the time the coolers ar empty. :D

I might have to buy a 'win' ticket for Shackleford, the name just keeps leaping off the page...

mscelina
05-08-2011, 02:34 AM
Awesome Derby race!

BeatrixKiddo
05-08-2011, 02:37 AM
Heh. I do love the hats they wear at the races. I used to enjoy watching just to see what goofy ones I could spot in the crowd.

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/6360/fullfh.jpg

http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8692/kentuckyderbyhats10.jpg

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/3310/tumblrl1ph3wpihm1qza63e.jpg

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/4933/7408062410.jpg

KellyAssauer
05-08-2011, 02:41 AM
Good race! and my horse got second! Yeah!

But Archarcharch off in the ambulance... I hate that. =(

Komnena
05-08-2011, 02:49 AM
Me too. But hopefully it will be a minor injury.

Ambrosia
05-08-2011, 02:51 AM
This is why betting would be bad for me. Hahahahaha!

What happened to the 5-1 favorite, Dialed In? I heard the announcer say he was last (!) and that was the end of that.

Amazing race. I loved the way Animal Kingdom came from behind. :)

Caitlin Black
05-08-2011, 03:40 AM
So, who won? Did anyone here vote for the right horse?

KellyAssauer
05-08-2011, 03:51 AM
Animal Kingdom won, and nope, none of us picked it!

Archarcharch set a foot wrong out of the gate and shifted it's tack so much that the jockey was off balance throughout the race, the horse is fine.

The Preakness, the second jewel of the Triple Crown is shorter than the Derby (Derby 1 1/4 mile, Preakness 1 3/16, Belmont 1 1/2) so it comes down (in my mind) to the Preakness, can other faster horses that won't fade in 1 3/16's be able to beat Animal Kingdom?

If they don't... and with Animal Kingdom's behavior in the Derby stretch... I don't see another Derby horse beating AK at the Belmont.

Hmmmmm.

Soccer Mom
05-08-2011, 03:59 AM
That was a tough, gritty finish for Animal Kingdom. But what fresh legs can do on a fast track--Don't see a triple crown in the making this year.

firedrake
05-08-2011, 11:23 AM
We're watching different races, or Jockeys. Desormeaux never touched Real Quiet (the fish!) with the whip, and held the horse near the front and steady until the final stretch. Last year's Belmont was crazy slow, until turn three, etc. etc. etc.

Ah, Desormeaux is Old School, like Burrell, he's a 'thinking' jockey, he can read a race and get his horse in the right position. Sadly, jockeys like Kent and Calvin are few and far between these days.

The Triple Crown is such a tough series. It takes an exceptional, almost freakish horse, to win.