Sunday, April 12, 2009

Derby Preps Winding Down

The big Kentucky Derby preps pretty much wrapped up yesterday, and the 20 available slots for the first Saturday in May should be filled very soon.

Papa Clem wouldn't be denied in Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, wearing down even-money favorite Old Fashioned in the stretch. Check out 26-1 longshot Summer Bird giving the big boys a little scare at the wire. It was announced last night that Old Fashioned has a fracture, and is out of the Derby hunt. Whether he will continue to race or head straight out to stud is not yet clear.

14-1 shot General Quarters stalked the leaders in mid-pack, swung wide into the lane and upset the favorite Hold Me Back in the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland. After racing six-wide throughout, Hold Me Back made a bid in the lane but couldn't get there.

In other news, you might recall my astonishment at the way I Want Revenge took down the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct last weekend. The colt is trained by Jeff Mullins. Mullins had another horse, Gato Go Win, scheduled to race on that same card in the G3 Bay Shore, but that horse was scratched at the last minute because Mullins was found near the his stall holding a syringe. Oops. Maybe I Want Revenge's big Wood performance involved something more than raw talent.