I donâ€™t like to watch the front of a race. I never do. Tomorrow, when everyone is watching the leaders round the Churchill turn, thatâ€™s when Iâ€™ll be looking to see who might be making their move from the back.
I donâ€™t have a personal favorite in Saturdayâ€™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. Itâ€™s hard not to. That feeling of an underdog coming from behind; defying the odds to take the title; its horse racingâ€™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 Borelâ€™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 â€œwatch this one!â€ Â
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.
Hereâ€™s a link to the video of the 2009 Derby and Mine That Birdâ€™s breathtaking run:
I donâ€™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.