Preparing for the Kentucky Derby is a painstaking process that takes guts and determination. With tough racing conditions, it’s always a challenge trying to handicap and pick a winner. Sometimes it’s almost better not knowing who is running and go from there. But from the standpoint of a trainer, owner, or jockey it can be the thrill of a lifetime. All the preparations come together on one magic Saturday in May. However, once you win the race, you are immediately dubbed public enemy number one. Every racing connection has Animal Kingdom in their sights and are trying to dethrone the new appointed king of racing.
The beauty of the Triple Crown is that the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes are only separated by two weeks. Derby runners have to pull it together quickly in order to run again, and fresh horses that didn’t make the derby field are waiting for Animal Kingdom to arrive at Pimlico. With only 10 days remaining until the second leg of the Triple Crown, speculation begins. Can Animal Kingdom repeat his performance around the tight turns at Pimlico? Can Dialed In get to the wire in time? Will a new shooter stun the field? The field is beginning to shape up as horses are being shipped to Baltimore to compete.
|Animal Kingdom||Graham Motion||1st – Kentucky Derby|
|Astrology||Steve Asmussen||2nd – Jerome|
|Concealed Identity||Dean Gaudet||1st – Tesio|
|Dance City||Todd Pletcher||3rd – Arkansas Derby|
|Dialed In||Nick Zito||8th – Kentucky Derby|
|Flashpoint||Wesley Ward||4th – Florida Derby|
|King Congie||Tom Albertrani||3rd – Blue Grass|
|Mr. Commons||John Shirreffs||3rd – Santa Anita Derby|
|Mucho Macho Man||Kathy Ritvo||3rd – Kentucky Derby|
|Norman Asbjornson||Chris Grove||4th – Wood Memorial|
|Prime Cut||Neil Howard||2nd – Lexington|
|Santiva||Eddie Kenneally||6th – Kentucky Derby|
|Shackleford||Dale Romans||4th – Kentucky Derby|
|Sway Away||Jeff Bonde||4th – Arkansas Derby|
Don’t stop reading because the derby is over. We will be continuing our coverage of the Triple Crown this week and next as we approach the Preakness. This is the greatest time of year in the racing world and we will be in the middle of it once again.
Written by Big Brink