- I bet a saver double using Majestic Warrior in the Hopeful, but the meet ended in typical fashion with my key horse in the 10th, Biggerbadderbetter, checking in second to Kettle Hill, who, upon further review and with the benefit of hindsight, I couldawouldhshoulda...
Majestic Warrior was Bill Mott's 27th winner of the meeting. The son of AP Indy out of Dream Supreme (Seeking the Gold), twice a Grade 1 winner over the same track, made up 11 lengths in the last three furlongs, which were run in 38 seconds flat. I'm not sure of the exact mathematics, but I'd surmise he closed pretty well. Still, he had a perfect setup and a clear trip against just three others. So personally, I'm not running off to bet any of these in the Derby futures. Pletcher said of his runner-up, the favored Ready's Image:
"Today, when he got there [to the lead] and the other horse fell off, I think he got to wandering around a little bit. The winner had a nice setup. We were involved in the pace and he was way off it. He ran by us and we didn’t have time to regroup.” [NYRA]What the Toddster didn't mention here was that Johnny V was working hard just to keep close to Maimonides, which obviously took its toll in the final sixteenth.
- Timber Reserve won the Pennsylvania Derby at 5-1 for John Kimmel, who had himself a pretty nice meet at Saratoga too. Tough one to come up with as far as I'm concerned; his only prior two-turn effort was a weakening 4th in the Remsen last fall. But having said that, I guess he wasn't too tough as he was the 4th choice at 5.70-to-1, and held gamely over surprising 22-1 Xchanger in a fine time of 1:47.73; final 1/8th in 12.63 seconds. In the reverse of the one-two sweep by an 18-1 entry that took place at Saratoga earlier in the day, the coupling of Cable Boy and Get Serious, 3rd choice at 5.40-to-1, ran second-to-last and last, ugh.
The comment on Timber Reserve in the result chart notes that he split rivals entering the stretch, Castellano changed his hold of the reins leaving the three sixteenths pole and .... And I have to say that in all the many years I've been reading charts, I don't ever recall reading such a description. In fact, I don't know if I've even ever seen a jockey referred to by name in those charts. I watched the replay on the NTRA site, but the screen is much too small for me to discern any sleight of hand on the part of the jockey. I guess in this case, the hand was quicker than the eye (though not that of this sharp chartcaller!)