A little “Jill Byrne” video for you!

What would a Kentucky Derby be without a little “Jill Byrne” prospective!

We found this bit of video of Jill on “youtube” so check it out as she stands in the Churchill Downs paddock and fires off a good up-to-date workout report for us to use!

The video footage in here is just great!

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2011 Kentucky Derby Video Workout Reports!

To keep you up-to-date on all the important Kentucky Derby happenings. We’ve cached a number of Derby workout video’s for you on our side-bar to right here we call Workout Reports-videos!

So if you need up-to-date workout reports from Churchill Downs to help you with your Kentucky Derby handicapping this week. Well, we’ve got them for you at “2011 Kentucky Derby Workout Reports Video’s“! again just to your right on our side-bar! Now get handicapping again!

“Machen” is surprise winner of the 87th GIII “Derby Trial” Stakes!

It was opening night for Churchill Downs meet!

They ran this one “under the lights” here tonight as Churchill Downs opened its Spring meet with the 87th running of the GIII Cliffs Edge Derby Trial Stakes, for non-Kentucky Derby bounded 3yo’s, going a 1-turn mile, for a purse of $200,000!

To our surprise (and I don’t know why anymore this 3yo season) Machen won in a photo over Dominus, with 3rd going to JJ’s Lucky Train and your super was filled out by the so/cal invader Indian Winter. The favorite here Travelin Man traveled a tired 6th tonight, after vying early with Dominus.

Take Aways,

  1. Machen finally lived up to all that “Fair Grounds” hype this winter as he came streaking down the center of the Churchill Downs stretch and caught Dominus right at the wire. We said show us and he did! We’d have to think he’ll get a shot in the Preakness in 3 weeks after this showing!
  2. Dominus had this thing won and by the time his jockey Julian Leparoux saw Machen coming it was too late! Dominus too is now a big-time graded stakes runner, so perhaps a 1 3/16 mile Preakness run shouldn’t be rule out for him either!
  3. Travelin Man and JJ’s Lucky Train both need to travel down to the depot and hop on the next express to the nearest big 7f 3yo’s graded stakes race, as a mile was too much for both here tonight! Perhaps the GI Kings Bishop at Saratoga this summer would be a good goal for both of them now. Lot’s of big dough in sprinting guys!
  4. Indian Winter did come late here tonight, so maybe something a little longer for him next time!

So as to our picks,well, Machen and Dominus were both sitting in our super pool but by post time they were 6/1 & 5/1 along with JJ’s Lucky Train and Indian Winter at 7/1 and you know who was the 8/5 favorite.

So if you dumped the favorite here tonight (as it has seems to be a good idea for 3yo’s this year) these four paid $125.20 for your exacta, $829.80 for your trusty tri’s and $4,163.00 for the super!

So if this “opening night’s” graded stakes clash here at Churchill Downs is any indicator of a Kentucky Derby finish, any “Favorites” in that race will be in some deep-stuff here next Saturday! So what else would be new this 3yo season!

See a race replay below!

Triple Crown Insiders take first look at 2011 “Kentucky Derby”Field!

As the 2011 Kentucky Derby field is now taking it’s final shape, the boys from TCI/Bloodhorse have a few early handicapping thoughts!