The Brock Talk

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Horses Moving Up And Down Derby Ladder

It was a busy morning Saturday at Churchill Downs as five potontial Kentucky Derby starters had official workouts. For the purposes of this site, Muskat Man's lathargic effort has moved him out as my longshot.
Musket Man worked six furlongs in 1:14.81 with a less talented stablemate, who appeared to have the easiest going of the pair as they raced together throughout the work. Apparently, Muskat Man was even less impressive while galloping out to seven furlongs in a slow and tiring effort.
On the other hand, gr. 2 UAE Derby runner-up Desert Party impressed again on the track with a five furlong work in 59.44. He then galloped out seven furlongs in 1:12.60, more than three seconds faster than Muskat Man and passing West Side Bernie while both pulled up down the backstretch.
Remember we talked about how it was reported how confident Desert Party looked when he just galloped Thursday morning. He doesn't seem to be loosing any that swagger going into this race.
The UAE Derby curse seems less and less important the closer the Derby gets with this horse.
With I Want Revenge sure to be the solid favorite if the race were run today, I'll be looking for horses to try to beat him. I just can't bet on the favorite in the Derby. History is too much against it. Look for a complete revamping of my Derby Trifecta posted last Sunday.

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