BetUSradio: What A Derby Coming Upby Pete Cataldo
Derby drawing nearer
The 132d Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6th, 2006, will be a great one.
It will have things that recent Derbys have been missing for some years now, such as:
An east coast-west coast rivalry, a trainer rivalry, and a bunch of horses that can win it. Visit Bodog.com for all your online Kentucky Derby betting FUN!!
Add to that an unsettled jockey situation (by that I mean some of the top horses may have new riders for the Run for the Rose as some of the same jocks have been riding more then one contending horse), and alll is not settled yet> But here are some things to ponder before you put your money up.
It's easy to see the best horses are Lawyer Ron and Brother Derek if you look at the past performances. Since I don't bet favorites, I won't be using them for my Derby picks.
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Brother Derek has not shown me he can be rated off the pace in a big field of horses, and there will be 20 going in the Derby. He has run all his races in California against small fields on fast tracks, so Saturday, May 6th, may be too much culture shock for him. The weather in Kentucky the first week in May can be anything from hail, rain, fog, wet, or sloppy. Can brother Derek handle getting dirt or mud kicked in his face for a mile? And then run the last quarter at top speed?
Lawyer Ron can and has done so in the past, so of the two I think he is the best. Sweetnorthernsaint, Bob and John, Jazil, Steppenwolfer, With A City, and the speedy Sinister Minister will make sure the two top dogs are at their best if the will take home the roses.
Two horses I am taking a good look at for some big prices are Jazil and Private Vow. Both of these may run and will carry huge prices for us bettors. Private Vow was a great 2 year-old and has now had his tune-ups for 2006. He may be ready to run his best race in Kentucky after a late start. Jazil closed a bunch on a wet track in the Wood Memorial and could be a factor if Sinister Minister sets a fast early pace.
Bluegrass Cat and First Samurai are going backwards and I wouldn't touch either one of them.
Keep in mind nobody will get an easy trip in the Derby; it is a race that is run on the rough side, and that's where the jocks will play a big part.
My old pool shooting buddy, Garret Gomez, is the hottest rider on the planet for the last year now, but he will be in the midst of the world's best in this one. Edgar Prado, JR Velazquez, Rafael Bejarano, Robby Albarado, John McKee, Ramon Dominguez, and the list goes on, so if you need help, Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you my free Derby pick one day before the race.
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We still have the Derby Trial (Churchill Downs) and the Withers Stakes (Aqueduct) to be run Saturday, April 29th, but it is highly unlikely a horse could come back with seven days rest and win the Kentucky Derby. However, stranger things have happened.
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Pete Cataldo can be heard every Wednesday at 3pm EST on www.BetUSradio.com.
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by BetUSradio at 1800-sports.com on April 18, 2006
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