Midnight Interlude (seen here) was supposed to be the rabbit in this race for the other Bob Baffert horse in Jaycito! Well Jaycito along with Premier Pegasus both were early scratches this week and I guess Midnight Interlude didn’t get the memo that said “your front running services not needed today”!
So he sat chilly here today then turn on the speed “downthestretch” to win by a neck the $1 million GI “Santa Anita” Derby in a very fine time of 1:48.66!
2nd by that neck was Comma on the Top who redeemed himself today after several poor efforts with a front-running effort that almost worked!
The 3rd spot went to the John Shirreffs/Mike Smith connection of Mr. Commons and the super-spot was filled by the poly running Silver Medallion!
Here’s our take aways from this race!
So another strange ending to a 3yo GI derby prep this year! After the Uncle Mo debacle, we hit the doors for home and a good thing too because Midnight Interlude wasn’t on our radar here at all. But on an upside-down day it does make sense somehow. Is he a Derby-horse? Why not, with 600k in G/S earnings, a grade I title race that he covered 1:48 and 3 for 1 1/8 mile run coming from way back, why not?
Comma on the Top did everything but win here today and redeemed himself somewhat after some rather dismal performances of late. He should have enough G/S earnings for a derby berth too!
We weren’t even close here with our orignal picks but with all the scratching of this races favorites, you might have found it a tough race to handicap which is why we hit the door early today and let the chips fall where they may here!
So on another bizarro racing day for 3yo favorites as this Santa Anita Derby served as a punctuation mark on this very strange Derby Trail season!
Got a 3yo to run this year, try getting him into any of the available Derby preps because you may have a derby winner. No one else seems to want it!
In a wake me up when it’s over moment, Toby’s Corner ( seen here closest to the fence) did the unthinkable at Aqueduct today in the Million Dollar , GI “Wood Memorial” and soundly beat, by a full length, the much-vaunted 1/9 favorite in “Uncle Mo”, who finished a very unimpressive 3rd with the 2nd spot going to Arthur’s Tale just a neck behind Toby’s Corner.
Now that you know the facts of this race here are a few take-aways to ponder!
Toby’s Corner is on his way to Churchill Downs on May 7th and his connections must be overjoyed at the prospect too. Congrats on this startling turn of good fortune. Your horse ran one heck of a race!
Arthur’s Tale probably won’t make the Derby field but a Preakness run should certainly be on the table now!
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