home authors guest shorts graphical shorts
J-DOG'S KENTUCKY DERBY 2012 PICKS
1. Daddy Long Legs
3. Take Charge
4. Union Rag
7. Rousing Sermon
8. Creative Cause
10. Daddy Nose Best
13. Went the Day Well
16. El Padrino
17. Done Talking
19. I'll Have Another
As the horses come under the wire for the first time, and head into the clubhouse turn, longshot sprinter Trinniberg will have opened up a few lengths on the rest of the field.
Hansen, Bodemeister, Creative Cause and I'll Have Another should be in the next flight. Calvin Borel will be close behind in his usual spot on the rail, aboard his charge, Take Charge Indy.
Some horses will be caught wide, effectively eliminating their chances of victory. Saving ground is critical, and horses with tactical speed are at a distinct advantage in a race such as the Derby.
The field will be strung out along the backstretch. The horses near the front of the pack will be attempting to improve position. Those in the rear will be inching closer, getting ready to make their moves.
As the field turns for home, some of the frontrunners will throw in the towel, as the demands of running 10 furlongs become too much. The closers will start picking up speed (this is actually an illusion - they are just not slowing down as quickly as the frontrunners). But in most Derbies, the winner is already at or near the lead by the 1/8th pole (220 yards from the finish). As the J-Dog sees it, Gemologist and Hansen will be battling it out for the lead, with Take Charge Indy, Daddy Nose Best, Alpha and El Padrino trying to make up ground before the wire.
A furious finish awaits....
As always, a hot pace is projected for the Derby. J-Dog don't see it. About half the field are 'closers', and I dont expect one to win this year. I was at Churchill Downs today, and stalkers/pressers were having their way. Let's go to the picks:
Gemologist (#15): Son of two-time Breeders Cup Classic hero, Tiznow, this undefeated colt has done nothing wrong. But he hasn't done anything 'sexy' lol and will probably go off the 3rd choice in the wagering at about 7-1. He has the right sheet pattern, the now fashionable two-prep schedule and the heart of his daddy.This is our best bet and we will run most of our tickets through him.
Hansen (#14): The white flash is taking some money in the early wagering. J-Dog was hoping for 12-1, but 8-1 might be more likely at this point. His superb tactical speed and gameness make him a must use.
El Padrino (#16): Bomber is getting no respect in the early wagering. He has some good hidden form, and I'm counting on him to tart up the exotic payouts.
Take Charge Indy (#3): The Calvin effect is making this horse a poor value. But he's a legitimjate threat and must be used underneath.
Alpha (#11): Game and tiny, he was treated with antibiotics after his good 2nd to Gemologist in the Genting Resorts World Wood Memorial Stakes. Kind of a wild card, but usable at 20-1.
Daddy Nose Best (#10): stretch runner might find himself with too much to do, but he is my favorite of the closers.
Union Rags (#4): As Little Andy says, "If he wins, I lose". Nice horsez, but hasnt shown he's fast enough, and I aint spending my greenbacks at 9-2 to find out.
Bodemeister (#6): legitimately fast and talented co-favorite. Will use him in some plays, but expecting a bounce. Live Longshots: Rousing Sermon, El Padrino, Alpha, Prospective
$1 exacta: 15 with 3,4,5,8,10,11,12,14,16,18
$1 exacta 14 with 15, 16
$1 trifecta 15 with 10,14,16 with 3,4,5,6,10,14,16
$1 exacta 14, 15 with 3,4,5,6,8,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19 ($28)
$1 trifecta 6,14,15with 3,10,14,15,16 with 3,10,14,15,16,18 ($65)
$7 win 15
$1 Superfecta. 15 with 10,11,14,16 with 3,4,5,6,8,10,11,14,16,18 with 3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,14,16,17,18,19 ($432)
$1 Trifecta 14,15 with 3,10,14,15,16 with 3,10,12,14,15,16,18 ($40)
Dont mix and match. Stick to the bankrolls and use all bets.
Date Written: May 05, 2012
Author: Mr. Joshua
Average Vote: 5