Sunday, April 15, 2012

Blue Tails and Other Subjects



The last of the big Kentucky Derby Prep races went off yesterday; The Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland (shown above) and the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

The Bluegrass was witness to a little controversy; the apparently flamboyant Dr. Kendall Hansen, whose Derby-bound colt is also named Hansen (what a coincidence!), thought it would be chic to dye his white horse's tail blue. The track stewards were not amused, and ordered him to wash it out while testing the dye-jar for illegal racing drugs. It's just as well, because his horse would have looked silly coming in second as a blue-tailed favorite. Dullahan closed from ten lengths like a steam-engine to take it.

Down in Hot Springs Arkansas, Bodemeister made it look damn easy in the Arkansas Derby, leading all the way, then cruising away by open lengths in the stretch. Bodemeister's graded stakes earnings were a little light coming in to yesterday's race, but the purse money from this convincing win essentially guarantees his spot at Churchill in three weeks.

Tune in to No Hassle at the Castle for exciting Derby coverage on the first Saturday in May!