While there is always speculation that a mount won’t come their way, this year is proof that it normally will. But, when a horse loses a rider to another contender this question always follows: Will the jockey regret that decision?
We begin with a confirmation that came this earlier this week. Calvin Borel will ride Revolutionary. This is a prime example of a veteran landing a mount on a very strong contender after the major preps. What this also proves is that tough decisions need to be made. Similar to John Velazquez having to decide between Orb and Verrazano, another top jockey also had to trust his gut and pick the horse that he thinks will give him the best chance.
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I’m not implying that the top contender for the 2013 Kentucky Derby has already been found. Albeit a very healthy group of top level entries have already rested their case, the major preps will not conclude until this weekend. The closing arguments for Orb, Verrazano, Goldencents and Revolutionary were compelling. From derby hopefuls to legitimate post time favorites they, along with their connections, closed their trail to the Kentucky Derby with a bang. But again, I won’t say that the best is among them; not yet at least.
On Saturday we revisit Oaklawn Park for the Arkansas Derby before we realize how close we are to the first Saturday in May and we circle back to Kentucky for the always coveted Blue Grass Stakes. The thrill of the prep season comes when you think you’ve found the horse that will eventually wear the roses. That moment may have already arrived but as long as there are major prep races to be run, an aha moment may still be waiting.
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