“Plum Pretty” was just “Plum-Good” in Kentucky Oaks win!

 Plum Pretty held off a hard-charging St John’s River to win, by a neck, the 137th running of the GI, $1 million, going 1 1/8 mile Kentucky Oaks Stakes, for the 3yo ladies at Churchill Downs today!

Coming 3rd was Zazu back 3 lengths with your being filled out by this race’s post time favorite Joyful Victory back another 1/2 length!

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Plum Pretty (seen here) sat just off the early lead of Summer Soiree who turned in some hot early factions in this race. Plum Pretty went right by Summer Soiree on the far turn and set sail for the finish line uncontested, until Rosie Napravnik brought St John’s River off the rail in mid-stretch and came within a neck of winning this race.

Zazu and Joyful Victory made only cameo appearances to finish 3rd and 4th respectively here today, as everyone else not mentioned here has a lot of work to do this year!

Take Away’s,

  1. St John’s River is going to be a great 3yo filly this year. That run from way back on the far turn, then up the rail to almost win here is the stuff that Churchill Downs legends are made of!  You won’t get long odds on her again like this ever! Look out for her next time, not look for her next time!
  2. Plum Pretty’s 25 length win in the Sunland Oaks was confirmed by this victory here today. She’s the one to beat now in the 3yo Fillies Division!
  3. Zazu is just plum wore out after all those battles with Turbulent Descent over the winter! She’s earned a break!
  4. As to Joyful Victory’s 4th here today. Hey Larry, stop riding your girls around the practice track you’re wearing them out man!

“Something of Note”!

There was an outside bias to almost ever race on the Churchill main track today. We caught on to this “Theme of the day” (something we’ve talked about in our editorials this year) in time to included the 12 and 13 horses in our exotics thinking and it worked too!

So with that said, our picks for this race two day’s ago were inside-out as our super picks took first & second as our favorites came 3rd and 4th. So if you boxed all your exotics you should be way ahead and ready for tomorrow’s big day!

So see if that outside bias holds up in tomorrow’s early races if it does then the inside horses in tomorrow’s Derby has got a track problem.

So the 137th Kentucky Oaks is now in the books and we can start to look forward to a big day at Churchill Downs and 137th running of the “Run for the Roses“!



2011 Kentucky Derby Picks

downthestretchs” is today, presenting its 2011 Kentucky Derby picks!

Normally we’d have these picks out to you already but the mystery surrounding “Uncle Mo” needed to be settled first and since the weather has played such a vital role in the last 2 derby’s outcome, we wanted to first, get a better handle in the derby day forecast.

As of this writing there’s a 60% chance of afternoon Showers and maybe a Thunderstorm. So bring your rainy day playbook with you too!

Free PP’s” here!

So with that forecast, our first pick in the 2011 Kentucky Derby is Twice the Appeal with Mr. Calvin. Just spend the price of a half-gallon of gas and buy a $2 win ticket on Twice the Appeal and put it in your pocket, but don’t lose it!

So now “downthestretchs” is going to play it this way!

Dialed In, Nehro and Archarcharch who finds a way to escape the #1 hole jinx are in our first-tier thinking as they are the likeliest to hit the board on Saturday!

The 3 boys at 12/1, Soldat, Mucho Macho Man and Shackleford with Midnight Interlude in tri’s and dime supers and Comma to the Top and  Twice the Appeal in dime supers only “Please”!

So if you’ve read all the PP’s we’ve provided you links to, watched all of our cached video’s and perused our “Tweet Ticker” for related news stories you should be a well-informed reader and this 137th running of the Kentucky Derby should be a piece of cake for you!

We wish you all the best of luck and “may all of your tickets be winners”!

Oh and here’s a little something to crank you up!


“Uncle Mo” now out of Kentucky Derby!

As we have been trying to keep you up on this “Uncle Mo” (seen here) saga of “will he” or “won”t he” run in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby?

Well, his connections have made it “Official” now saying that “Uncle Mo” will be a “no-show” for Saturday’s big race!

His connections cited his lack of progress to completely shake off the effects of the G/I inflection discovered shortly after his poor “Wood Memorial” performance as the main reason as to why he’s been pulled from this year’s Derby!

Read a full story by clicking on this link >

Uncle Mo scratched from Kentucky Derby – Thoroughbred Times.


Champion Uncle Mo entered, not definite for Kentucky Derby – Thoroughbred Times

Champion Uncle Mo entered, not definite for Kentucky Derby – Thoroughbred Times.

This headline might be a bit premature, but the way 3yo’s have been dropping out of this race this year, any early heads-up will help!

Is an “I Want Revenge” situation brewing here, like in ’09?

Hopefully this is just “Backstretch chatter” that has morphed into just another pre-derby story on a noted-site, but if I were the “Uncle Mo” connections I wouldn’t want this story floating around out there like this!

Stay tuned, as perhaps we’ll only need 19 settings at the Derby-Feast this year!