KENTUCKY DERBY FAVE LOOKIN AT LUCKY (by Canadian bred stallion Smart Strike) is the Derby fave but he drew post 1

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wet track very possible

Everyone has their positions and now its up to the equine stars, their riders and mother nature to give us what is sure to be an intriguing Kentucky Derby, the 136th edition of the legendary race.

In recent years the Derby has not given us many stars. certainly last year’s edition, while fun for everyone associated with Woodbine racing as we cheered Mine That Bird, was an average group at best.

This year’s field may not be much stronger with the average Beyer Figure for the top runners being in the 96-98 range, high claiming horse status at many A tracks.

But it’s still the Derby and when favoured LOOKIN AT LUCKY (blinkers off) drew post 1 in the huge field, and speed 2nd fave SIDNE’Y CANDY drew post 20, well, things got even more interesting.

22 horses were entered but Pleasant Prince and Setsuko were excluded because of earnings and a 20 horse limit.


 ICE BOX, a stone cold closer, has a good chance in the Derby.

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Is it a fluky year in that there are now Canadian owners, trainers, riders, or locally bred horses in the Derby? Perhaps not since the number of Canadian-breds or true Canadian runners in the famous race has been so small for many years.

Sure, there has been the WILD GALES (trained by Mike Doyle), REGAL CLASSIC, TALKIN MAN, many local heroes who tried and failed.

Last year, MINE THAT BIRD, the Canadian based gelding who raced for local owners, used Woodbine to win the race. Who can forget his wild rail rally in the mud?

This year, there is simply nothing to hang our hats on unless you consider STATELY VICTOR one to cheer for since he was bred by Frank Stronach and family in Florida.

Or SIDNEY’S CANDY, the great great great grandson of CRELITA, the Candian bred mare who gave Kinghaven Farms its first Queen’s Plate win with STEADY GROWTH.

CRELITA produced Woolly Willow for Kinghaven (she was y the farm’s own stallion IRISH STRONGHOLD) who produced graded stakes winner EXCHANGE, the 2nd dam of Sidney’s Candy.

LOOKIN AT LUCKY is by the Sam-Son Farms’ stallion SMART STRIKE, that’s Canadian. AWESOME ACT is by a Canadian stallion too, Awesome Again.

Certainly memberships of owners/breeders at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s are down while more and more folks get horses in partnerwhips. Canada does not have a large horse population compared to the U.S., so the chances that a top 3yo from here will be good enough to battle down there is a question.

 And hey, our best 3yos in recent years, the ones who have won the Plate, have not been some of the best Canadian breds we have seen for sure.

 Let’s hope it’s not too long before we can have another local hero to cheer for in the Derby.

Post    Horse    Jockey    Weight    Odds

1     Lookin At Lucky     Garrett Gomez     126    3-1

2     Ice Box     Jose Lezcano     126    10-1

3     Noble’s Promise     Willie Martinez     126    12-1

4     Super Saver     Calvin Borel     126    15-1

5     Line of David     Rafael Bejarano     126    30-1

6     Stately Victor     Alan Garcia     126    30-1

7     American Lion     David Flores     126    30-1

8     Dean’s Kitten     Robby Albarado     126    50-1

9     Make Music For Me     Joel Rosario     126    50-1

10     Paddy O’Prado     Kent Desormeaux     126    20-1

11     Devil May Care     John Velazquez     121    10-1

12     Conveyance     Martin Garcia     126    12-1

13     Jackson Bend     Mike Smith     126    15-1

14     Mission Impazible     Rajiv Maragh     126    20-1

15     Discreetly Mine     Javier Castellano     126    30-1

16     Awesome Act     Julien Leparoux     126    10-1

17     Dublin     Terry Thompson     126    12-1

18     Backtalk     Miguel Mena     126    50-1

19     Homeboykris     Ramon Dominguez     126    50-1

20     Sidney’s Candy     Joe Talamo     126    5-1


PADDY O’PRADO gallops in the mud at Churchill Downs yesterday. www.horse-races.net photo







Big field, big favourite

BLIND LUCK, by the vision-impaired stallion POLLARD’S VISION is a huge favourite in the Kentucky Oaks based on her romping win in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn but is the race really that cut and dried with a 14-horse field?

Blind Luck ran a 104 Beyer Figure last time in the 4-horse Fantasy and deserves to be favourite but there are others in the field that offer value and some breeding for what could be a sloppy track.

AMEN HALLELUJAH (Montbrook), with Julien Leparoux on board, had a regression last time off a huge effort in the Davona Dale at GUlfstream. She is bred to be a better miler but a patient journey gets her close. Her dam was 3 for 4 in the mud.

TIDAL POOL has an intriguing Beyer Figure pattern as well, but also needs to distribute her energy a good way to be successful. The Yankee Gentleman filly has won in the mud for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

And for a nice up and comer, how about IT’S TEA TIME, (Dynaformer)  who has only raced 3 times and never on dirt, but she just missed in the Ashland at Keeneland and she is a closer.


Position    Horse    Jockey    M/L


1    It’s Tea Time    Alan Garcia    15-1

2    Jody Slew    Miguel Mena    30-1

3    Quiet Temper    Robby Albarado    10-1

4    Age of Humor    Rajiv Maragh    30-1

5    Blind Luck    Rafael Bejarano    6-5

6    Beautician    Alex Solis    15-1

7    Crisp    Joel Rosario    8-1

8    Tidal Pool    Calvin Borel    8-1

9    Bella Diamante    Mike Smith    30-1

10    Champagne d’Oro    Martin Garcia    30-1

11    Evening Jewel    Kent Desormeaux    10-1

12    Ailalea    John Velazquez    15-1

13    Amen Hallelujah    Julien Leparoux    8-1

14    Joanie’s Catch    Paco Lopez    30-1



Roan Inish heads Fury


Popular filly ROAN INISH (Elusive Quality-Inish Glora) was the first winner for trainer Carolyn Costigan and that win came in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes last fall.

A favourite for the Woodbine Oaks, the filly is making her season debut on Saturday in the Fury Stakes at 7 furlongs and with 1st time Lasix.

RESENTLESS, a fast one by Ontario sire TRAJECTORY is also making her 2010 debut in the 7 furlong dash for ONtario bred gals.

From the rail out is maiden COPPERELLE, stakes winner ATTITUDE INCLUDED, ROAN INISH, maiden OIL PAINTING, stakes winner Bodua,  resentless, Jenny’s So Great and Tee Game.

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