Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Santa Anita Derby, 4/9/11

After Uncle Mo's stunning upset in the Wood Memorial, The Kentucky Derby picture has become mighty murky. It was not clarified much in yesterday's G1 Santa Anita Derby (shown above), as longshot Midnight Interlude won by a neck.

There are two more G1 prep races before the Kentucky Derby: The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn and The Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland, both next Saturday (4/16). A powerful win in either of those could certainly highlight who, if anyone, will take Uncle Mo's place as the horse to beat on May 7, but then again many think that those races are far too close to the Derby - only three weeks rest in between two grade 1 races is really asking a lot.

Dialed In's strong close in the G1 Florida Derby on April 3 is looking better and better, especially in light of the fact that the big late run is often the right strategy in the Kentucky Derby. But come Derby day, Professor Paulie is going to be looking for a longshot jackpot - remember Giacomo and Mine that Bird?