DERBY WEEKEND WRAP-UP: Monday, April 10, 2017

Derby Weekend Wrap-Up

Monday, April 10, 2017

by Andrew Rdesinski

Here at Danonymous Racing, we’re happy to introduce a new recurring column series: the Derby Weekend Wrap-Up, with our own Andrew Rdesinski!

You may know Andrew from his write-ups of the racing action at Santa Anita Park every Sunday. Now, every week, Andrew will be giving us a rundown of all the important Kentucky Derby prep action from the previous weekend, along with his Derby top ten list.

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#1- Gunnevera


#3 Malagacy

#4 Practical Joke

#5 Irish War Cry

#6 Always Dreaming

#7 McCraken

#8 Thunder Snow

#9 Tapwrit

#10 Classic Empire


-No Dozing

-Ann Arbor Eddie

-Fact Finding


– Mo Town

– El Areeb

-American Anthem

-J Boys Echo

3yo races for weekend of 4/8/17

Wood Memorial

Chart of Race

Replay of Race

1st- Irish War Cry

2nd- Battalion Runner

3rd- Cloud Computing

Irish War Cry has returned to my Contenders list once again. He dominated at first asking from Rajiv Maragh, and looks to be in perfect shape. If he stays healthy over the next month, I expect him to run huge in the Derby and possibly get a piece of the pie. Battalion Runner was new to me, and relatively new on the scene for Pletcher, and ran a great race. However, I don’t think he wants to go longer than today or even as long as he ran today. Cloud Computing was just third-best here to me, as it truly was a 2 horse race in my book.

Blue Grass Stakes

Chart of Race

Replay of Race

1st- Irap

2nd- Practical Joke

3rd- McCraken

IRAP BREAKS HIS MAIDEN….in a G2. Not only is that crazy, but he was game in the stretch and put away a momentous Practical Joke. On top of all that he beat the undefeated “Derby Favorite” going into the race, in McCraken. Practical Joke is one of the most consistent and improving horses on my Derby radar. He runs his race time in and time out, and still just misses. Maybe blinkers will help him get by foes in the stretch. Who knows? McCraken likely needed this race, since he was laid off due to not being 100%. However that effort today was so lackluster, I just don’t know if I would trust him in a month.

Santa Anita Derby

Chart of Race

Replay of Race


2nd-Battle of Midway

3rd- Royal Mo

Gormley bounced back and ran huge. However, it looked like all the horses were struggling to get home in the stretch. Could have been the track, but it seemed to me like the horses didn’t have a lot of run left in them. Battle of Midway dueled on the backstretch and still held on for 2nd which is impressive. Royal Mo, battled on after, Gary Stevens lost his whip late, but managed to still get 3rd.

One thought on “DERBY WEEKEND WRAP-UP: Monday, April 10, 2017”

  1. I’very watched Bluegrass multiple times since it ran and each time I watch it I can excuse the effort for McCraken. He broke outward at the beginning, then he raced up closer to the pace than I think he is used to, which I’m sure was in part because Hernandez realized with relatively small field and lack of pace he needed 2 be closer. McC seemed to be rank early as well. He did put in a mild bid coming around final turn but when it became apparent he wasn’t catching top 2 BHJ just made sure to get him home safe, knowing horse had secured the points 2 get in. No one really made up any ground in the stretch, which again could have been because of the so so pace of race, or just the way track was playing for that race. Would liked to have seen more from McCraken in this race, and there is still the big Q of can he compete vs the top 3 year olds, but I will stick with him in Derby. IWC is super impressive though and have to believe something went very wrong in F.O.Y. that caused jock to wrap him up and fight another day

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