Churchill Downs Entries

May 7, 2011 by staff 

Churchill Downs Entries, Nothing says spring like the Kentucky Derby. The sound of 19 thoroughbred horses (after zero Uncle Mo) thundering outside his house and down the line, at first almost in unison before fighting for position as they approach the first corner.

It is something beautiful, something that did not approach any other race in the country or almost any other race in the world.

No other American race field accepts more than 14 more. Even Woodbine in Canada, that used to take 16 years, has followed the American tradition and cut two out of its maximum.

This is a unique, and is as beautiful to behold. During the next 30 hours or until the crown as our champion 137th Kentucky Derby, I will bring changes in climate, most likely, stories and everything Derby. I also give my picks and betting picks for the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and 10 races before the Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs card.

It is the first Saturday in May, so you know what that means?

Time to lose some money … again.

Unlike the local reigning poet laureate of disability, our Horvath Nick, I am not looking to be a two-year run. More like trying to avoid a five-year losing skid.

There have been no winning tickets in my hands since Barbaro won in 2006. Yes, Big Brown had in 2008, but not the other half of the exacta that day.

Thus, a field that at some point looked great and now it looks pretty run-of-the-mill after a mediocre season preparation, especially with the start of Friday Uncle Mo, I’m opting for a backdrop and throw the Hail Mary. Time to go shopping occasion, and for the horses that offer the best value.

But before we get to the selection, or peaks, here is a breakdown of each horse in the field. After all, (and with apologies to Nick Bakay predictor NFL) is so simple when you break things scientifically:

Archarcharch – A “story” horse trainer Jinks fire and jockey Jon Court both in their first derby … Arkansas Derby winner to improve with each race … versatile, has won the stalking and closing

Bright Speed?? – Turf horse won the Bluegrass synthetic turf in some style, coming from off the pace … may be the best turf pedigree entires here, that’s not saying much

Twice Appeal – Gets as Derby jockey Calvin Borel, but he is 10 for this horse sport in 11 career … had seven runs to break maiden … Borel should be the only thing keeping this horse under 40-1 odds … easy to predict: Borel takes you to the rail early and stays there

Stay Thirsty – Wait for a better performance from their poor start Florida Derby … still not sure, however, that’s enough to get a piece here

Turning Point – Clear entry vanity with relatively unknown owner, trainer and jockey … has been beaten up races in other mid-level Derby entries … worst performance was resurrected in the Star, which was the strongest field he has faced

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