Interesting developments – the two favorites are in the #1 and #20 post positions. Those would be the two most difficult from which to win. Also, Louisville is expected to get oh you know, just about four inches of rain on Saturday. A long shot could come through and win it all like Mine That Bird did last year on a wet track.
My betting strategy – Well, Paddy O’Prado is a gray horse. So there is one bet. And I have Jackson Bend in the office pool, so I’ll have to put some money on him as well. Last year, I had Mine that Bird in the office pool. Did I put a measly $2 on my office pool horse – NO! And it paid a gabazillion to win. UGH never again. So this year Jackson Bend gets $2. And Dean's Kitten. Cat in the name - must bet. And then there is Devil May Care. The filly, the girl racing against all the guys. Two years ago, the filly was Eight Belles and she placed, but broke both ankles right after crossing the finish line. The tragedy stirred talk that fillies should not be allowed to race against the males. Then there is Rachel Alexandra (heyo fav horse ever with the awesome name). She ran in the Oaks instead of the Derby last year coming off the death of Eight Belles in the previous Derby. And she killed all those measly girls. So in the Preakness, she ran against all the guys to prove her awesome-ness and won. She is the 2009 Horse of the Year and she put to rest any qualms about racing fillies in the Derby.
So make your bets people. The time is drawing near.
For additional information on contenders, you can go to the Courier-Journal, they have a huge section. And so does the Kentucky Derby website. The list of contenders came from Equestrian Life - theirs is very interactive. Never ending options. Time to do some research!
Oh and this is Haudge displaying his excitement for the Derby. He comes home tonight. He has a gambling problem.