This will be a huge week in the city of Las Vegas with all the great Kentucky Derby seminars all over the city. The good thing is they are all free.
No matter if you are a seasoned horse player or just a novice, these seminars are very informative and can add to your handicapping the Kentucky Derby exotics.
We will get right to the chase. It will start on Friday with the Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks/Derby double is a very good play. We will take a good look at our top contenders in the Oaks to start off our doubles.
When making a bet like this we like to have what we call our A runners and our B runners and then a few C’s. Our A runner we will use with four horses in the Oaks/Derby doubles. Our B runners we will use with three runners and our C horse goes with our top two Kentucky Derby selections.
Monomoy Girl, out of the barn of Brad Cox, has done little wrong in her six-race career winning five. Her only defeat was finishing second by a neck. She loves the Churchill strip and has gotten better in each of her starts. We also love the fact she can either run on the front end or rate.
Our other A runner is Midnight Bisou who has won three of her five starts with two seconds and in both she lost by a nose to Dream Tree, who would have been the favorite here but was injured. Big race Mike Smith will ride.
Our B runner will be Rayya who is in from Dubai where she ran against the boys in the UAE Derby won by Mendelssohn, who will be one of the favorites in the Kentucky Derby. Rayya ran second well clear of the rest in that race and will be a player with the girls.
Our C runners will be Sassy Sienna, who is the stablemate of Monomoy, and Wonder Gadot. These two were noses apart in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn. We will also box our A and B runners in the exacta and key our A runners with our B and C runners in the trifectas.
We look for our A, B and C runners, starting with our A runners. First is Good Magic, the winner of the BC Juvenile who comes off a real big win in the Blue Grass stakes. He looks set for his best with super trainer Chad Brown saddling and super jockey Jose Ortiz riding.
He will need the trip but if anyone can work out well it will be Jose. Post position is very important. Drawing post 1 is like a death sentence, so hold your breath. The weather could play a role also as rain is predicted for Friday and possible showers for Saturday.
Bob Baffert will attempt to break the Apollo Jinx with the undefeated Justify, our other A runner, in just his 4th start. He started his career in February running some huge numbers albeit in short fields; he did win on the mud so that is a plus but all his wins came at Santa Anita. History says no but his trainer, numbers and jockey say yes.
If the price is short we just may take a stand, especially if he draws post 20 or post 1. The one thing is the favorites have ruled the Kentucky Derby since the points system went into play.
Our third A runner will be another who will be trying to break history, Mendelssohn coming in from the UAE Derby, a race he won by two football fields. He has both a world class trainer and jockey. This could be the year. Check and see how Rayya runs in the Oaks. If she wins it or runs a solid second we will make our wedding march to Mendelssohn.
B runners will be Audible the winner of the Florida Derby. Though we are not a fan of Todd Pletcher in this race he is a must use and seems to be getting better with the longer distances. Our other B runner will be a nice juicy price play, My Boy Jack who has the most starts of all the runners in this field.
Jack has hit the board in all of his route races with the exception of one, the BC Juvenile turf a race, which he lost by just three lengths to Mendelssohn. Why does that name keep showing up?
My Boy Jack is what we call a run up horse. He is a must use in the exotics as he will be making a huge late run picking up all the tiring speed. With some race luck… you never know, and the price will be right.
Our C runners will be Solomini, who is the stablemate of Justify and has hit the board in all six of his starts, and Bolt d’Oro, who has big talent and gets Espinoza who knows how to win this race. Enticed has won 3 of 6 and has won every other race in his career and this is his win race. If he gets a good post and a positive start he can get a piece of the pie along with Vino Rosso who beat him in the Wood Memorial.
4-MY BOY JACK
NOTE: It’s always good to take advantage of free stuff, so take in one of the great free seminars around the city. Make some bets on the Oaks and Derby. Play those trifectas and superfectas. You “just-ify” never know. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.