The Florida Derby, Saturday March 29th

Welcome to week 6 of the 2014 Derby Championship Series. This week we feature races from Gulfstream Park and the Fairgrounds. There are two races in the 2014 Derby Point Series this weekend, the Florida Derby, and the Louisiana Derby. The UAE Derby is also a points paying race, but since post time is at 10:45AM, and I think the winner is doubtful to ship over for the Derby, I left it off the Saturday race Card. We do have 6 great stakes races, including one Grade 1 (Florida Derby), and I’ll admit that I chose the Orchid (G3) as our first race because I am a fan of Imitiable Romanee.

Race 1: The Orchid.
Race one is the Orchid from Gulfstream.  Hard not to like Inimitible Romanee, but don’t forget the speed of Anjaz, and am improving Aigue Marine.  Antonia Autumn moves up in class, but would probably go for a good price.

Race 2: The Skip Away Stakes.
There’s a field of 11 for the Skip Away stakes, and it’s tricky as there are a lot of recent non-winners.  I like what Salusito has done in the past, but coming off a long layoff, Nevada Kid moves up in class, and Csaba was fast last year, but we haven’t seen that speed yet this year.  2nd 3 times is a row for Macho Bull, Norumbega finished last year strong, and Pletcher and Javier are hoping Micromanage can realize his potential.

Race3: The Pan American Stakes.
We stay at Gulfstream for the Pan American, and we’ve got a couple Kitten horses from the Ramseys in this one.  I like Admiral Kitten a lot, and Charming Kitten’s got Javier Castellano on top, so watch out.  Slumber and Vertiformer have the inside post positions, and are both improving in placing, however Slumber seems to be sleeping with steadily decreasing Speed figures. Joha? I can’t believe the Ramseys have three horses in this field!

Race 4: The New Orleans Handicap.
To the Fairgrounds we go for the New Orleans Handicap.  We saw Braedster take the Mineshaft here on the Pick 6 Challenge, and I think he’ll definitely have a tougher race today with the likes of Normandy Invasion, Palace Malice, and maybe even Sunbeam?  I’d use him in my exotics for sure, but his speed seems a bit slower, will need a perfect trip.  Normandy and Palace are your favorites here.

Race 5: The Florida Derby.
For the Florida Derby, Wildcat Red hopes to keep the Derby momentum from a Fountain of Youth win going, but faces tough competition from Cairo Prince, making his return from last racing in January at the Holy Bull, Constitution, and General a Rod who lost to him by a neck last time out in the Fountain of Youth.  Looks like a great race, make sure you save some picks.

Race 6: The Louisiana Derby.
Intense Holiday is looking great for the LA Derby, Flat Gone never seemed to make the jump up in class, Vicar’s in Trouble failed as the favorite in the Risen Star to both Intense Holiday and Albano.  Watch for In Trouble, although I have no love for the Dutrow family, and Albano to be there in the end too.  This race looks to be just as competitive as the Florida Derby.

OK, Cornelio and I are going back to watching the action from Meydan on TVG. Would it kill yo to broadcast in HD?  I’ve been waiting 5 years now.  Where’s the love?

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