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Jock skims the rail for Derby win

My headline last week read, “It must be déjà vu all over again,” and oh my was it. The rains had let up and the track looked to be drying out but as the gods of racing would have it, they started once again and the Churchill Downs track was underwater and the perfect setting for jockey Calvin “Bo-rail.”

You almost could picture what was going to happen after watching Calvin ride a horse by the name of Atta Boy Roy to a rail skimming win in the ninth race; he just knew where that inside lane was and if you have watched “Bo-rail” ride in the slop at Churchill over the years, there is just no one else you would want to have riding your horse in a race like this – he is fearless and rides that rail better than anyone in racing.

He broke Super Saver sharply and shot to the inside, just crushing Lookin At Lucky, who got squeezed back as did Ice Box and Noble’s Promise.

He took a good hold on the inside, split horses near the quarter mile marker and moved back to the rail and that was just about after he overtook Noble’s Promise who ran a big race in the slop finishing fifth.

As for Ice Box he had a horrible trip after he was steadied early, he was completely outrun for six furlongs but was making a big inside move but got blocked, he angled out but was steadied once again and had to swing wider for room and just came storming home like a run away freight train, beating the third place finisher Paddy O’ Prado by a neck.

Advantage Ice Box next time out on a fast Pimlico strip.

As for Paddy O’ Prado, he hung late and may have kept Lookin At Lucky from hitting the board as he forced Stately Victor into Lucky, almost knocking him into the rail. As for Lookin At Lucky he has had trouble in all of his races this year and maybe he needs a new jock, maybe G. Gomez just does not fit this guy; maybe jockey Bejarano or Ramon Dominguez could get him around the track with a clean trip, Gomez is 0-3.

As for déjà vu it would have been complete if Lookin at Lucky would have finished second but if all holds out like last year, Super Saver will finish second in the Preakness but we will have to see how the field shapes up next week.

Our BIG Kentucky Derby seminar at Palace Station was a huge success. I picked Backtalk to finish last and he did but I also liked Awesome Act to win; he was in hand for six furlongs and just never fired a shot finishing next to last – now that is hard to do. I also liked the first three finishers but needed Lucky to finish at least third for the tri and super.

If you are feeling a little lucky this Thursday you will want to get some partners and get a Churchill Downs form and head to your favorite race book as there is a $947,000 pick six carryover and a $147k Hi Five carryover in the last race on Thursday.

Remember you cannot win if you don’t bet, so if you are a horse bettor you never know all you need to do is be thinking right, if it rains bet “Bo-rail” but if the weather is fine don’t, look for others that can do, can do.

Next week we will have full coverage of the second jewel of the triple crown, The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Maryland and one thing you can bet on is that yours truly will be betting and will have a big opinion on this race as I have become a believer of history repeating itself.


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