Just What The Doctor Ordered

by Ed Meyer

posted on April 19, 2009 in General Discussion, Kentucky Derby, Other Events | No Comments >>

I was watching the Coolmore Lexington pretty closely. After all, this is the last of the preps before the first Saturday in May.

After taking a look at the field, Square Eddie looked good, too good. The kind of play that makes you scratch your head, and look for bigger value. He had been off since January, and has already made his money as a two-year-old.

I have to say that Hull looked good to me on the far outside, but was scratched before the race. So, it was back to the drawing board. I know we had to find value, and it was there for the taking. All you had to do was find it…

As the runners were sweeping around the turn, Edgar Prado guided him to glide past the field with ease. This was looking sweet as the finish was the short run for 1 1/16th.

Square Eddie was counting his chips, when a spaceship coming from last place was rolling. His name was Advice. As the old saying goes: “wise men don’t need it and fools don’t heed it.” But on this day, that old saying meant nothing, as this colt spoiled Square E’s coming back party.

I’ll take two things from this race. One, Square Eddie is the real deal, and he came up a little dry down the lane. This was the prep he was looking for. No matter where he travels, he is back. Two, Advice is the new kid to be reckoned with. It is hard to close from dead last going a mile and a sixteenth at Keeneland. This race was his coming out party in a big way.

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