In a year of surprise endings all up and down the 2011 “Derby Trail“, it made all the sense in he world that this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, “Animal Kingdom”, a 20/1 long shot would be wearing the “roses” in the winner circle at Churchill Downs today!
Coming 2nd was Nehro, 3rd to Mucho Macho Man and 4th to Shackleford!
Final time was 2:02 flat!
Animal Kingdom paid $43.80,19,60 and $13.00, Nehro paid $8.00, $6.40 and Mucho Macho Man paid $7.00.
The exacta paid out $329.80, the tri paid $3,952.40 and the super paid $48,126.00!
Horses of note, Dialed In finish 7th, Calvin Borel with Twice the Appeal finished 10th, Pants on Fire finished 8th!
Click here to see a full summary of today derby results!
Only an insane bet,wins an insane race and we did! Our 4th Kentucky Derby win in 5 year’s!
A derby recap is coming as soon as we can get some rest!
Some final Derby notes, for your consideration, this morning!
There’s still a 60% chance of Showers and Thunderstorms this afternoon in the skies over Churchill Downs. So bring your rainy-day-playbook just in case!
Yesterday the track played to the outside gates, as horses coming out of the 1 thru 5
holes were having a tough time making the board let alone winning! Perhaps tracks 1 thru 5 are still wet from all the recent rains! More rain today won’t help.
Watch the early races for any signs of yesterday’s bias!
With scratch of Uncle Mo, that means only 19 will go now. So it would make sense that the grounds crew at Churchill today can put the starting gates a bit more to our visual-left, there by eliminating the gate #1 problem for Archarcharch! As he won’t be pointed at the infield fence anymore, just a straight run now.
We have a current odds link for you right on top of our side-bar. That link takes you to a continually updating page of current derby odds all day! Just a little something to keep you up during the day!
The multitudes have come to ravel on the infield, paddock and to inject a lively big race day buzz into the “Old-Girl”, once again.
The Early Times people will be busy concocting whose wonderful “Mint Julep’s“everywhere, it seems.
The “Louisville-Lady’s” in their Derby-Day ensembles and world-class headwear will all be on hand, like so many Kentucky wild flowers!
The Trumpeter will sounded “The Call to the Post”, then “Riders Up” will be heard round the“Churchill Paddock”.
Thorough the bowels of this grand old lady will emerge the 20, the choose few, who have come to meet this mile and a quarter challenge!
The “Post-Parade” will then show off the equine-wares of these mighty 20 to the full-view of the Churchill faithful as formal introductions will politely be made via the ever-omnipresent Churchill public address!
There will be the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” as the “slightly impaired” gathering struggles to recall the correct verses and never quite do!
So at about 6:00 pm this Saturday, they will loaded them up, to let them run in the 137th renewal of the “Run for the Roses“, the 2011 Kentucky Derby with $2 million up for grabs and a spot, high upon, the Churchill Downs paddock’s “Ring of Honor” where Saturday’s winner’s name will live forever!
“Blood not working yet”, well then check out this video below, it is the very essence of what a Kentucky Derby is all about!
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!
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!
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!
Zazu is just plum wore out after all those battles with Turbulent Descent over the winter! She’s earned a break!
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“!