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138th Running of The Kentucky Derby - Under a Full Moon

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I know the 138th running of The Kentucky Derby is going to take place this afternoon, not this evening. I also know the way my mind works. Years from now, I'll picture all those pretty thoroughbreds running on a blazin fast track under the largest moon 2012 has ever known.

For now, I won't let the reality of a hard rain falling overnight in Churchill Downs, knowledge of a humid, 86 degree day with continued chance for thunderstorms and a questionable run by some of the horses this morning affect that photo finish I have going on in my mind.

Like most people, I have used several methods of picking Derby winners over the years. I've gone from choosing the filly, merely because she was a filly (Eight Belles was a tragedy), to a pick of the horse reminding me most of the stallion from The Black Stallion series, to just picking one based on best personal, and often heart wrenching, story about jockey and or trainer/owner.

This year, I'm going with the alignment of the stars and the moon as to which horse will be pulled into the winner's circle.

Here we go: the Kentucky Derby is a 1 and 1/4 mile race - ten furlongs (and you can bet your mint julep the track will be fast and dry by gate time), the super moon is 221,802 miles from Earth this evening, it is referred to as the Perigee which sounds like pedigree which remind me of thoroughbred......Have I lost you?

Even the names of the ten most likely horses to win (isn't that a larger than average field), seems to reiterate the cosmic connection: Alpha, Liaison, Creative Cause, El Padrino and SaberCat. (that last because I think cats are cool)

So....I may go with the horse in second post position because of all the twos in the above mentioned series of moon and earth and track alignments, or Liaison, because it sounds like it's meant to be, or Creative Cause, as that is what my life is about, or El Padrino - the Godfather should rule on Cinco De Mayo.........ok, the last didn't work.

Crap, does anyone have a coin I can borrow......

Comments

Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

Then again, Riverdrifter may offer some insight....

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riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

To begin with, the KD is 1 1/4 miles or 10 furlongs, Ronda! They got some rain overnight but late yesterday they packed the track so rain would run off and reports are that it worked well. It's early but at this point it looks like a fast track. I see Keegan likes Gemologist. Good horse. I'd say at least 10 horses can be a factor today. Anyway, to start I'm going to box Alpha in a 3 wide exacta with Bodemeister and Take Charge Indy (3, 6, 11). As the day goes on the big money will flood in on the favorites. We'll see what shakes out and I'll put together a couple more exacta and trifecta boxes late in the afternoon. I like the exotic wagers because you can make good bank on a small wager if you hit.

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

Hehe, bad me...I was thinking two year olds. I figured if I'd made any errors, you'd certainly be so kindly as to let me know.

So no Creative Cause in your clause? I'd heard some say bets are off due to the action or lack therein of late.

Keep us in your box loop as the day progresses. And, have to add, good luck!

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riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

CC has not looked good at all in workouts this week. I'm not going his way today.

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

Still, one frekin beautiful animal. I'm betting he places.

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm going to add Dullahan since in the fifth position in honor of Cinco Day. Yeah, yeah, river, I know, the second gate position is likely the higher odds of winning.

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David Lignell 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm pulling for Creative Cause at 12 to 1 odds, if just because you and I always pull for the creative cause in people! (Hmmm, mint julep or margarita for Cinco de Mayo?)

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

Good enough reason in my bookie's book. Hehe

And why stop at one drink? I saw a tasty looking mango margarita last night. I missed tasting it by the hair of the dog. ;) Throw them all back with a white Russian and then dangle a worm down my throat. By then all is good and we've forgotten our losses and wins. See what you do to me!

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

That's not a lose if you love horses and the event. I really gear up and chomp at the bit just thinking about it all. I love the background stories of jockeys and trainers and a colt that stood out. Information about linage and previous wins and losses, will there be another Triple Crown winner in my lifetime. It's a win win.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

One horse I will bet on the nose is El Padrino (16). He's starting wide but he looks like the second coming of Secretariat, right down to his big butt. He shipped in Tuesday but has looked great schooling, like he owns the track.

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

He does indeed appear to be a power horse. This may be his moment in time. One thing we do know...it will be a jam packed two minutes with likely surprises thrown in as usual. Any favorite hats or starlets spotted? :)

I'm trying to convince my sister to head there next year - and force me to go along. She actually wouldn't be any more difficult to convince than I would.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't know enough about horse racin' to gamble on 'em. They ain't so bad grilled though . . .

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RoeDapple 2 years, 4 months ago

. . over charcoal. None of that propane on the beast.

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

You disgust me. You're thinking of older horses who have been pasturalized. ;(

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riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

Exacta box: 5,6,10,14, Exacta part-wheel: 3/ 6, 11, 14, Exacta, box 14 with 4, 6, 15, Exact box 3, 6, 11, 16 to win, and 13 to win (like the name!).

I think Calvin takes Take Charge Indy on the rail to the win with Hansen running at him. I wouldn't be surprised to see a 5 horse cavalry charge down the stretch. This should be fun.

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah! Another Derby fanatic. It will be great fun to see the upcoming mix.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

Wipeout! Oh, well. I lost less than the price of a Chief's ticket. And, it was all over in two minutes instead of three hours!

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

Yep, and no sunburn, privacy of your own home and the weiners were reasonably priced. Popcorn? I was pretending I was riding so hard I almost fell off.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 4 months ago

"pasturalized" . . . Sounds like where old truckers go to after the last load . . .

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

Have you dropped your last load, Roe? :)

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notobsessed 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow, I didn't know anyone else in Lawrence cared about horse racing

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Ronda Miller 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh yeah. I can't imagine a city in Kansas that doesn't have horse racing fanatics. We love our lovely four hooved thoroughbreds. I believe Kansas is one of the top states regarding the number of horses statewide.

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