Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Tampa Bay Derby, 3/15/08

I'm still excited about the Wood Memorial this weekend, but I would be more so if War Pass hadn't turned in such a dud two weeks ago in the Tampa Bay Derby. His connections are saying that he had some soft palette issues, but in reality, he ran in to a problem inherent to one-dimensional speedball types: he couldn't grab an early lead, so he finished up the track.

The bad news is that his running style is not at all suited to the Derby, but the good news is that it is eminently suited to the speedy strip at Aqueduct, and on the heels of that last abysmal performance, you might actually be able to bet War Pass at a square-ish price. At the very least, it will be squarer than the 1-9 he posted at Tampa Bay Downs.