Derby 144: It’s all Justify

Derby 144: It’s all Justify

Well, the Derby panned out the way I predicted, and I picked the winner (and so did thousands of others): Justify was in contention for the whole race, pulled away at the far turn, and won by two lengths over Good Magic. I had predicted a fast pace, with Instilled Regard going out front, and that’s what happened: the first quarter mile was in :22 and change, and the half-mile was in a little over :45. I was a little…

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My Derby Predictions: No Surprises

My Derby Predictions: No Surprises

This Derby has been difficult to predict: You have several green colts who didn’t race as two-year-olds but have been unbeatable; you have a champion from England who wowed everyone with a speedy race in the UAE, but is untested against American horses; and you have a few horses who excelled at two who haven’t lived up to their two-year-old hype. What to do? When in doubt, I go with the fast horse. The fastest. The one who’s proven that…

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Derby Posts Drawn; Justify, Audible in Good Shape

Derby Posts Drawn; Justify, Audible in Good Shape

Post positions for the 144th Kentucky Derby were drawn today, and it was bad luck for Firenze Fire. Firenze Fire, the horse that proves that if you run enough, you too can get in the Kentucky Derby, drew the first position, generally considered the kiss of death because of all the bumping and boxing in that goes on in the giant 20-horse field. Another bad-luck colt was Solomini, who drew the no. 17 post. No horse has ever won the…

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Justify Wins Battle of Titans in Santa Anita

Justify Wins Battle of Titans in Santa Anita

Justify, the colt who had done nothing but get people’s hopes up, finally proved his mettle Saturday in an easy win over Bolt d’Oro in the Santa Anita Derby. Justify led from wire to wire in easy fractions, with Bolt d’Oro and jockey Javier Castellano apparently letting him widen his lead to almost three lengths on the backstretch. When Bolt finally made his move entering the homestretch, it was too much ground to cover and too little effort, as he…

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