Saturday kicks off the big Pick 3 (Wood Memorial, Blue
Grass Stakes, Arkansas Derby). A $1 wager can bring home a bundle, if you can
You will probably see the future Kentucky Derby winner
emerge from one of the first two events. The Blue Grass, in particular, has
produced 22 winners that went on to become Derby champions. So, watch this race
The Wood will kickoff the wager, so let’s take a quick
glance. Saarland, Medaglia D’Oro,
Sunday Break, Blue Burner, Buddha. It looks to me like a whole lot of ifs here,
but I see it like this:
If Oro can be any kind of ÂÃ‚Âanimal, he is the horse to
If speed is not holding, Saarland will come and pick up the
pieces with Blue Burner getting a piece of the tri.
If speed is holding, you could see Oro, Sunday Break and
Buddha all there at the end with Oro getting the gold. Watch the early races
before getting involved.
The Blue Grass at Keeneland will be one of the most
competitive races in years, with the probable Derby winner exiting. Here you
will have a rematch between Booklet and Harlan’s Holiday.
So far, Booklet is one-up on HH, but that could change.
Keeneland is usually a speed-favoring track. If Booklet can grab an easy lead,
he will be tough to overhaul.
Harland’s Holiday looks to be first or second no matter
what. You must also add Azillion to the mix as he ran bang up in last outing and
gets Corey Nakatani in the irons. The big three are pretty safe here, but you
could add one more to the pick.
The Arkansas Derby is my favorite. I’m going to use a
single in this race. I absolutely love Mr. Mellon. This guy, trained by the
ever-capable E. Walden (remember Victory Gallop and Menifee) is improving leaps
I look for him to run the race of his life. So, if you use
four horses to four horses to Mr. Mellon, a $1 pick-3 will cost only $16.
That’s very well worth the chance.
Just a few notes about Keeneland. This year, they will be
offering a pick-6 with only a 12 percent takeout. This the lowest takeout on
this type of wager that I have ever seen. It’s definitely worth a stab.
Also, a couple of trainers to watch at Keeneland and
Churchill Downs are R. Werner (especially with 2-year-olds) and C. Simon, who
will be bringing in a very powerful ÂÃ‚Âstable.
Good luck, and may you win at least half of your photos.