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Monday, April 10, 2006

Derek and Chris

Millhouse, a longtime Brother Derek fan, has some comments about last weekends racing..

I still have some concerns about the mile and a quarter distance. Do you think he will be able to stretch out? I did like the fact that he relxed beautifuly in the Santa Anita Derby. As for Woodbine's last weekend, there is no question who had the best performance and that was the old fella Chris's Bad Boy. It will be interesting to see if he is the first supplemented horse into a stakes race with the Jacques Cartier coming up this weekend. Judging by the way he finished up that race on Saturday I don't think it took anything out of him. I'm a little bit surprised with the lowish figure that Gumboots got for her win. The late pace in that race was terrific. --

I don't see any reason why Brother Derek won't handle the 1 1/4 miles being by Alydar's son Benchmark, who won stakes up to 1 1/8 miles. The question will be the pace set-up of the Kentucky Derby...a race that often features a large field and sizzling early fractions. So far, he has looked pumped up and eager to begin his races and that style will not be successful in the madness that is the Derby. The good news is, he was likely extra-sharp for the Santa Anita Derby and perhaps some of the edge will be off come May 6. Of course, who of our readers are going to bet a heavy favourite in the Derby, that's no fun is it?
Chris's Bad Boy was indeed super impressive off the layoff on the weekend and the 9-year-old was the first winner for trainer Francesca Armata. The Jacques Cartier is likely to be a loaded field with Danieltown, Terrific Challenge and Judith's Wild Rush but they could attempt to get him tro strike again while he's hot.
Gumboots did finish strongly in the prep for the Star Shoot and the 5 furlong distance of that race probably didn't really suit her. Expect more Beyer Figure power later on.


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