Kentucky Derby Wrapup

May 9, 2014
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I hope you enjoyed the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby last Saturday.  California Chrome did not disappoint its many fans.  It was a fairy tale story from the beginning.  The product of two horses that nobody wanted became the first favorite to do well in the Derby in several years.  Most experts do not feel that California horses run well in the Midwest.  California Chrome not only won the Derby but did it with relative ease.  It is unusual to see a jockey stand up in the saddle and wave his arm as he crosses the finish line.

Another part of this fairy tale was the owner who literally financed his life to get this horse ready for racing.  He hired a 77-year old trainer to do the job.  From the money they have won so far with this horse and the potential winnings that still may come, I don’t think he will have to worry about finances for a long time.

Commanding Curve and Danza completed the place and show.  Now we will wait to see if California Chrome can win the Triple Crown.  In the past several years something seems to happen to the horses that win the Derby before they can complete the three races that make up the Triple Crown.  We will wait and see how the Belmont and Preakness play out.

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