Derby winner can’t get 2nd leg of Crown
The 135th running of the Preakness Stakes is in the books, and Lookin at Lucky with the jockey switch to Martin Garcia won by ¾ of a length over a very determined First Dude, who was sent off at almost 24-1.
Lookin At Lucky was the second favorite in the race, after going off as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. At Pimlico, he received a perfect and well judged ride under Garcia.
As for the favorite and Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, he ran up the track. The track was favoring speed so I guess the Derby was just too hard; or he won for a combination of reasons … a perfect trip, the Churchill Downs wet strip or the Borel rail ride that got him home.
The third place finisher, Jackson Bend, rebounded on the fast and speed favoring course running third all the way around the track, and fighting off a bid from Yawanna Twist and almost nailing First Dude for the place money.
Nonetheless, no one was going to beat Lucky on Saturday.
The fourth choice in this race was Dublin who trainer D. Wayne Lukas was quick to put Gomez in the irons after losing the mount on Lookin At Lucky.
I really was surprised to see another troubled trip under Gomez as Dublin broke out to the fence and had to be steadied avoiding the outrider; he was last and far back, he did close a lot of ground and came on to finish fifth for the high five players who collected $17,126.00 for their dollar high five bet.
Dublin is a nice horse in a year with just nice horses and no real great ones, yet there may be some up-and-comers on the horizon as the 3-yo season rolls on.
As for Lookin At Lucky and Super Saver, they will be rested as both will pass the Belmont Stakes on Saturday June 5, and I believe neither could win the Belmont.
Trainer Nick Zito appears to have made a great decision saving Ice Box for the Belmont and he will be the likely big chalk in what could be a smallish field; but we will wait and see who all the new shooters will be, and there will be several of them.
As for trainer Bob Baffert’s wife, Jill, she was celebrating her mother’s day gift with a smile as wide as the ocean.
My aunt Ne Ne who lives back in Steubenville, Ohio has a pat saying every time I talk to her, “the world is coming to an end,” and I just may agree after reading a recent article from Saratoga Springs.
There are a lot of people that plan their entire year on a visit to Saratoga in August and also Del Mar. If you go to Del Mar you will have racing with great weather, girls and some of the best seafood in the world.
If you go to Saratoga you will see the best horses in America racing over a conventional dirt track but you will often contend with a lot of heat and rain, but both are well worth the planning to go and visit.
There are two old sayings: “One-too many hands in the soup” and “Two- too many fingers in the till.”
Well, the once powerful New York Racing Association is trying to come up with some cash as to stay in business and the Saratoga meet could find itself with no money as they were hoping to get a 17 million dollar loan from the nearly broken state of New York. But now the legislative leaders say it won’t happen.
The once powerful NYRA is owed 17 million by the New York City OTB but due to the 9 year delay, yes they have been trying to find a slot operator for nine years?
Too many fingers in the till? They could get some money by August but sources say that could be too late for Saratoga and speed the end of the world. With California going belly up, you could see doom in their horse racing future, if we have one, and that is very very sad as the California hands keep dipping into that free soup.