Saturday, May 2, 2009

135th Running of the Kentucky Derby

Photo: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs,  by James Archambeault

And They're Off...

"The Run for the Roses"

Looks like it will be a cool and cloudy day for the running of the 135th Kentucky Derby but thankfully the latest weather forecast is now backing off their earlier prediction for rain. Yes!  

Post time for the Derby is 6:24 p.m. today. Just a few moments ago the early morning favorite I Want Revenge was scratched. 

My three horses for the trifeca are General Quarters, Freisan Fire and either Desert Party or Flying Private.  I also like the long shot, Nowhere to Hide because his name reminds me of what I want for Bush administration war criminals. I know having accountability for war crimes is also a long shot, if our media establishment has their way, but I still remain hopeful that eventually those who created, authorized and protected the torture program will eventually have "nowhere to hide." 

Here's a list of the horses (these were the odds as of this morning):

PostHorseTrainerDosageJockeyM/L Odds
1West Side Bernie *Kelly Breen1.80Stewart Elliott30-1
2Musket ManDerek Ryan4.00Eibar Coa20-1
3Mr. Hot StuffEoin Harty2.11John Velazquez30-1
4AdviceTodd Pletcher3.80Rene Douglas30-1
5Hold Me BackBill Mott3.44Kent Desormeaux15-1
6Friesan FireLarry Jones3.00Gabriel Saez5-1
7Papa ClemGary Stute3.36Rafael Bejarano20-1
8Mine That BirdBennie Woolley5.40Calvin Borel50-1
9Join in the DanceTodd Pletcher2.00Chris DeCarlo50-1
10Regal RansomSaeed bin Suroor2.00Alan Garcia30-1
11Chocolate Candy *Jerry Hollendorfer2.08Mike Smith20-1
12General QuartersMark Miller2.69Julien Leparoux20-1
13I Want Revenge *Jeff Mullins3.00Joe Talamo3-1
14Atomic RainKelly Breen3.40Joe Bravo50-1
15DunkirkTodd Pletcher3.00Edgar Prado4-1
16Pioneerof the Nile *Bob Baffert3.89Garrett Gomez4-1
17Summer BirdTim Ice2.11Chris Rosier50-1
18Nowhere to HideNick Zito2.33Shaun Bridgmohan50-1
19Desert PartySaeed bin Suroor3.80Ramon Dominguez15-1
20Flying PrivateD. Wayne Lukas3.67Robby Albarado50-1

For more  information on the Derby you can go here,  here,  here &  here

UPDATE: Congratulations to Mine That Bird, the newest Kentucky Derby winner...a 50-1 shot. Looks like long shots are possible after all!

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