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#982175 - Fri May 03 2013 02:42 AM Kentucky Oaks & Derby
gracious1 Offline
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Getting excited about the Kentucky Derby! And I just discovered that I get the NBC Sports Network, so I'll get to watch the Kentucky Oaks, too! Yay! It looks it's going to be a really strong race. I'm betting on Rose to Gold (ridden by Calvin Bo-Rail himself), although I also have my eye on Seaneen Girl (go Rosie!), who may not have much of a shot, but stranger things have happened.

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#982389 - Sat May 04 2013 03:39 PM Re: Kentucky Oaks & Derby [Re: gracious1]
gracious1 Offline
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I'm wondering what people think of the new points system for horses to enter the Ky Derby? My initial feeling is that it strikes me as a way to be elitist in a way that keeps the old boys' network intact at the expense of the sport and makes it unlikely for another Mine That Bird to win the Run for the Roses.

Here's someone who also thinks the new system is broken:

http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/triplecrown2013/story/_/id/9119586/derby-day-ladies-day



Edited by gracious1 (Sat May 04 2013 03:44 PM)

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#983955 - Wed May 15 2013 03:14 PM Re: Kentucky Oaks & Derby [Re: gracious1]
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And now it's nearing time for the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico! Quite a few Derby also-rans in it, along with a couple of newcomers. And of course Orb will be going for that Crown!

1 Orb Joel Rosario

2 Oxbow Gary Stevens

3 Will Take Charge Mike Smith

4 Goldencents Kevin Krigger

5 Departing Brain Hernandez, Jr.

6 Govenor Charlie Martin Garcia

7 Mylute Rosie Naprvanik

8 Itsmyluckday John Velazquez

9 Titletown Five Julien Leparoux

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#983989 - Wed May 15 2013 08:29 PM Re: Kentucky Oaks & Derby [Re: gracious1]
gracious1 Offline
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I would really love to see a Triple Crown winner. There hasn't been one since 1978!! So, I hope Orb succeeds.

But, if he should happen to lose, I hope it would be to Mylute, because I would love to see another female jockey (Rosie) win a Triple Crown race! There hasn't been one of those since 1993.

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