The odds were in Todd Pletcher's favor in the Kentucky Oaks when Princess of Sylmar ran to an upset win. Will fortune be so favorable in Saturday's Derby?
Of course Todd Pletcher can lose the Kentucky Derby. But he also could dominate the Run for the Roses in a way no trainer ever has.
This was not about picking horses but about picking trainers.
Pletcher defeated 2-year-old champion Hansen in the Holy Bull Sunday at Gulfstream with Algorithms, who looks like a very nice horse.
Uncle Mo needs to win the Kelso Saturday at Belmont and he needs to win it ultra impressively.
Winning the Travers is, of a course, a big deal.
In Uncle Mo and his owner Mike Repole, we may actually have something that is "good for the game," something that could help lift horse racing out of its ongoing malaise.
Though it seemed to take forever, a report issued Thursday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission into the Life at Ten debacle was not only thorough, but left little doubt who was to blame -- steward John Veitch.
This was unquestionably the best race of Zenyatta's career. Even in defeat, she proved a tremendous amount.
Here are just a few observations from Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The pace for this Derby figures to be among the fastest in the history of the race. If so, any horse who gets anywhere near the lead is doomed to fail.
As the Todd Pletcher juggernaut continues its march towards this year's Kentucky Derby, get used to hearing these numbers: 0 and 24.
Munnings is going to beat Rachel Alexandra.
For trainer Todd Pletcher, it's been a year unequaled in racing history and he might have an historic day Saturday at Churchill Downs. And something tells Bill Finley this is just the beginning.
Garrett Gomez will take over as the temporary stable rider for trainer Todd Pletcher while John Velazquez is sidelined, Pletcher has annouced.