Three Important Races

by Ed Meyer

posted on March 10, 2009 in General Discussion, Kentucky Derby, Other Events | No Comments >>

If there are any races that hold an answer, these might be the ones worth the watch.

The Florida Derby will be run on March 28, 2009 at Gulfstream. Since 1952, it has produced glorious Kentucky Derby winners. Two of the last three have come from this race, and it is one of the most difficult tracks to win at consistently.

The track has produced longshots, and handsome exotics. When playing the oval, remember that it is very kind to speed. This goes doubly for runners on the rail. Look for runners who have had works over the surface, and a solid breeze before race day.

The Wood Memorial will take place on April 4, 2009 at Aqueduct. Longtime players argue that this is the most important prep to the Derby. Named after Eugene D. Wood from the old Jamaica Race Track, this race has played nicely f0r entrants who have had a run over the oval. Play lightly, as the favorites tend to wreak havoc. Pay attention to the dreaded rail speed bias, and if this erupts, you may want to follow suit.

The Louisiana Derby will take place in New Orleans on March 14,2009. The first running was in 1898, and the race has some very nice history.

You may want to examine runners who have had a trip, or have been working regularly in the morning. You will get a fair play on the odds board, and probably get a good look at some players for the first Saturday in May.

There it is. Three races that all warrant a good look. This is not to say skip the rest, but pay important eye to the outcome of these affairs; as one of the entrants may be wearing a garland of roses in seven weeks.