Keeping an eye on the roses

I don’t like to watch the front of a race. I never do. Tomorrow, when everyone is watching the leaders round the Churchill turn, that’s when I’ll be looking to see who might be making their move from the back.

I don’t have a personal favorite in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. I like to simply wish for a safe race for all and a good race to watch.

I like when a closer takes the win. It’s hard not to. That feeling of an underdog coming from behind; defying the odds to take the title; its horse racing’s biggest draw.

My style of race watching especially paid off in the 2009 Derby. I was watching the horses looking for a hole (a way to move up on the inside past the other horses), and I saw jockey Calvin Borel’s genius ride as he shot up a twig of space between horses for the win. I was watching the Derby with a few friends, and I remember yelling in spite of myself and pointing to the only gelding on the inside, telling them to “watch this one!”  

It was a risky move for sure, and one not many jockeys would have had the guts to make. I have to say, it is one of the reasons I like Borel and always have. Borel won the 2010 Derby on Super Saver and this year, he will be on the No. 3 horse, Twice the Appeal.

Here’s a link to the video of the 2009 Derby and Mine That Bird’s breathtaking run:

I don’t offer a lot of suggestions when it comes to betting in this blog, but I do recommend that come Saturday, your best bet is keeping an eye off the pack.