Posts Tagged ‘Gotham Stakes’

Road to the Derby – 3/4/17

As the preps come and go, Derby dreams fade in and out like an old TV. You remember ? The TV your grandpa used to watch baseball games. Sometimes it came in as clear as day, and other times it took a while before you see what’s happening. That’s the thought rolling through my head […]

Greg Melikov’s Top 10 2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders – Final Edition

Here’s my updated ranking of the Top 10 Kentucky Derby contenders from bottom to top Dave Letterman’s style: Went the Day Well: The son of Proud Citizen will try to duplicate what his connections did last year with Animal Kingdom – duplicate victory in the Spiral in the Kentucky Derby, That’s a tall order since […]

Hansen Takes on Talented Blue Grass Field

by Greg Melikov

posted on April 13, 2012 in Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, News, Other Events | No Comments >>

Hansen and Street Sense have several things in common, including victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. Street Sense did it five years ago while Hansen triumphed in 2011. Both horses boasted experience on synthetic surfaces. Street Sense finished third in Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity as a juvenile and was runner-up in the Blue […]

Free Keeneland Selections – 2012 Blue Grass Stakes

The track at Keeneland has been tough to get a handle. Last Saturday, 6/8 winners went wire-to-wire, or were just off the pace. As late as Wednesday, 4/6 runners made their way into the winner’s circle by closing down the lane. The weather is supposed to be in the low 70’s, and the poly track […]

Two Top Stakes Feature Variety of Top Runners

by Greg Melikov

posted on April 4, 2012 in Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, News, Other Events | No Comments >>

Two runners from the Gotham Stakes return to Aqueduct with their eye on Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial. The Grade 1 appears fairly wide open since Hansen opted for the Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 14. Gotham runner-up My Adonis, beaten three lengths, enters the 1 1/8-mile contest with only one off-the-board finish, while […]

Union Rags Aims for Victory in Rich Florida Derby

by Greg Melikov

posted on March 27, 2012 in Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, News, Other Events | No Comments >>

Union Rags on Saturday attempts to become the sixth Fountain of Youth winner to take the Florida Derby since Fly So Free in 1991. The colt, with the only blemish on his record of four victories a neck loss to Hansen in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, breezed four furlongs in 49 seconds at the […]

Greg Melikov’s Top Ten 2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders – Fourth Edition

Here’s my updated ranking of the Top 10 Kentucky Derby contenders from bottom to top Dave Letterman’s style: My Adonis: One of the most experienced sophomores has hit the board seven of eight times. The son of Pleasantly Perfect was runner-up to Hansen in the Gotham at Aqueduct. He needs to step up because his […]

Couch Capper

I was laying low last weekend with a long overdue dentist visit to man-up, and get my wisdom teeth removed. For this pain in the jaw experience, I spent mucho time on the couch listening to how things are shaking out for the Derby. Here are some insights that jumped out, and they began to […]

Greg Melikov’s Top Ten 2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders – Third Edition

Here’s my updated ranking of the Top 10 Kentucky Derby contenders from bottom to top Dave Letterman’s style: Gemologist: One of the colts in the Todd Pletcher stable that has scored twice at Churchill Downs. The son of Tiznow shares the same connections as Super Saver who captured the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Next start: Oaklawn […]

Gotham Stakes Lures a Full Field of Sophomores

by Greg Melikov

posted on February 29, 2012 in Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, News, Other Events | No Comments >>

The 59th Gotham Stakes on Saturday has attracted a full field of 3-year-olds, including stakes winners Hansen, King and Crusader, Battle Hardened and Pretension. Hansen, the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champ, will attempt to rebound from his runner-up performance in Gulfstream Park’s Holy Bull during which he almost fell breaking from the gate. The son […]