Monday, May 4, 2009


The Daily Racing Form’s Steven Crist makes some good points about the field for the 135th Kentucky Derby won by longshot Mine That Bird.

Note, he said this prior to the race. To read the entire story click here.

This Derby is now missing all of last fall's top 2-year-olds (Midshipman, Vineyard Haven, Old Fashioned)and both of this spring's top 3-year-olds (I Want Revenge and Quality Road), and lacks the winner of every single Grade 1 dirt race to date for this crop.

Maybe it turns out that the best 3-year-old was none of the above, and maybe we'll see a Derby winner so impressive that it wouldn't have mattered who else lined up against him. Whoever wins it will have beaten 18 opponents including some nice 3-year-olds, but the race suddenly feels like far from the definitive test for this class.

On the bright side, maybe it makes this a more interesting season, through the Triple Crown and beyond…

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