Saturday, April 4, 2009
Aqueduct Results, 4/4/09
I Want Revenge today positioned himself as one of the major contenders in the Kentucky Derby with a performance in the Wood Memorial that was nothing short of astounding. He got tangled up in the starting gate, broke in the air, took a couple of stutter-steps toward the rail, and finally joined the race, spotting the leaders around 15 lengths. Generally when a horse blows the start like that, his race is over before it begins, and that's how it looked like it was going to play out for I Want Revenge today. But after running in last for most of the backstretch, he started gaining some ground at the top of the turn. He picked off horses one by one as they were turning for home, then muscled through the center of the pack in deep stretch and won going away. Holy Cow!
There were two other Derby Preps today: The Santa Anita Derby, and the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. Pioneerof the Nile looked tough winning in Santa Anita, but much of the excitement was dulled by the fact that The Pamplemousse was scratched with tendon problems; the showdown between these two was the thing that everyone wanted to see.
Musket Man made a strong move at the top of the stretch at Hawthorne, and managed to hold off Giant Oak in the stretch. It was a solid race, but I still think he's going to be a longshot on Derby Day.
And how did the professor make out at the Big A? Well, I stumbled coming out of the gate and never quite found my footing.