After the Smoke Clears

It has been a couple of days since Derby 142 and I think many questions have been answered. Nyquist was as good as advertised and we may have more to see. But that my friends is what the next two weeks leading to Baltimore are all about. As quoted in the Blood; “Unbeaten, unblemished, and unrelenting.”

I always lean toward beating the favorite in the Derby, and for most years this has been the way to go. When you watched with open mouth as the purple and white flash of silks man handled the field down the lane, we may be lining up for another Triple Crown winner. – Now there is a ton of time and plenty of things that can happen, but what if we have transported back to the 1970’s and we find ourselves in a vortex of having a run of Triple Crown winners ? – It could happen, and this time it wouldn’t surprise me.

The patience of jockey Mario Gutierrez paid off at the top of the stretch, as Nyquist broke away from Gun Runner and held off a strong late drive from Exaggerator to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Gun Runner held for third, another 3 3/4 lengths back. Nyquist hit the wire in 2:01.31 on a track rated fast. – “The trip was amazing,” Gutierrez said. “We had a beautiful start.  And there is pressure—the horse is undefeated and it’s the Kentucky Derby. “We have 19 other horses who are trying to get to the wire first, but I have confidence in Nyquist “as quoted in the Blood

The field at Pimlico is starting to take shape, and the initial names being mentioned make me think we’ll be looking at a repeat performance from the connections who brought us I’ll Have Another. – I did want a price to complete my ticket and would have loved to have watched Mor Sprit or Mo Tom turn the tables. But as a good friend once told me a great quote his mother lived by; “Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes it is no, and sometimes it is wait.” – Those sage-like words apply even more today than they probably did when he was a grade school kid wanting more cookies. – We’ll be counting the moments for the rematch on 5/21/16 at “Old Hilltop,” and you can bet your bottom dollar the world will be waiting with baited breath.

If you missed the race, or living under a rock. Here is a glimpse of what you missed.