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post #1 of 263 Old 02-04-2019, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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2019 Road To The Kentucky Derby

It's that time of year again. Actually a little late, as some smaller preps have already taken place and there is a leaderboard already.

Truthfully I don't know what to put this year and could really use some input. I like to have information on upcoming races, points and viewing options. Over the years I have posted features like the Secretariat documentary and so forth. I don't mean to be repeative, but there are new posters each year. And dont mean for the focus to be strictly on wagering. But do want to answer any questions about it.

I like to have entries for each race. I type them out so as to not have a bunch of links. Will try to get better about the copy and paste of the nicer color ones. But frankly iPad flat out stinks in that regard and I post mostly from that.

As far as the thoughts and selections. I'm not sure how much that is wanted/ used. I don't mind posting them as they are a copy from another site I'm on. I do it that way as to not link another forum.

But if it clogs up up your experience, that can go away. Those that want that can pm or something.

Would you like more horse profiles? A top contenders type thing?

I have said this before and will again. I don't think I know it all or have all the answers.I hope it hasn't come across that way. I just don't mind making the header and providing information and times/ places of events. What I don't want to do is run racing fans off.

So anything and everything you want and don't want.
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I would like the profiles. When we first moved down here to Southern IN with our local TV coming out of Louisville the station that had the coverage contract did profiles and racing video for each Derby entry and that was so interesting. Then they lost the contract and NBC took over and all they want to show is hats, clothes and what celebrities are there. I wish they'd go back to making it about the horses!
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This is a feature on a contender, Hidden Scroll. I would like to say I spotted and jumped on this horse . Truth is I watched his race on Pegasus day and even played him but didn't really pay that much attention. Another poster messaged me.

He is a son of Hard Spun, which is the very desirable Danzig line. What I remember most about him was he was a hard tryer. And was always right there in the Triple Crown races with Street Sense, and 2 time horse of the year Curlin.

His race on Pegasus day was his debut. Here is something from an article comparing his race with the big events winner, City Of Light

"The feeling here is that we witnessed something very special on Saturday, despite the track. You normally don’t see an 8-1 shot look that sensational first time out, winning under a hand ride by 14 lengths in a scintillating 1:34 4/5 for the mile. If you feel the track was so fast it takes away from the time then forget the actual time. He ran the mile faster than the 5-year-old City of Light ran his mile in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at 1 1/8 miles. He came home his final eighth in just about the same time as City of Light. He ran his mile more than a full second faster than it took the 6-year-old Aztec Sense to win the grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Stakes, and Aztec Sense was winning his ninth consecutive race, including five stakes. Finally, he ran his opening half-mile in :44.75, compared to the :44.37 it took one of the fastest sprinters in the country, World of Trouble, in the off-the-turf Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint."

His time would also be a very good Met Mile. This poster also pointed out he took a massive drop in the futures. From 75/1 to 14/1
One definitely to keep an eye on going forward into the Fountain Of Youth.

Here is the race.
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He looked like he was just out for a fun gallop.
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That's always what you look for. Big difference in a :45 half with a horse being hustled and one for fun.
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Would you like more horse profiles? A top contenders type thing?
I love reading the horse profiles and your thoughts on their abilities and chances in the prep races (and ultimately the Derby).

While I like reading about top contenders, I'd also would love to see input on horses that may not be a top contender NOW but is looking like maybe being a "late bloomer" or one that is flying under the radar.

Appreciate your putting these posts up; while I may not comment on them much, I do read them and I do enjoy them. Thanks @aubie .
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Just watched the Hidden Scroll video above. VERY impressive indeed! Definitely will keep an eye on him.
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I love reading the horse profiles and your thoughts on their abilities and chances in the prep races (and ultimately the Derby).

While I like reading about top contenders, I'd also would love to see input on horses that may not be a top contender NOW but is looking like maybe being a "late bloomer" or one that is flying under the radar.

Appreciate your putting these posts up; while I may not comment on them much, I do read them and I do enjoy them. Thanks @aubie .
You are very welcome. Will try to to include more of what you are talking about.
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post #10 of 263 Old 02-09-2019, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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A 10-4-2-1 points race today at Tampa Bay Downs. The Sam F Davis.

Here are my thoughts selections

Think the (3)Knicks Go is a standout, and deserving favorite. Can't leave off the (8) for Pletcher with Javier up. If it melts down up front, he could come and get it. So could the (6) a Tapit colt.
Also some sprinkle in with a chance/price the (7) a Distored Humor with Jose up, and the
(10) for a price could improve 3rd start
That's the thing with these, which take steps forward and which are destined to go in specialized areas. Like,sprints or,turf.
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