July 29, 2012 - 6:50pm
A quick look at Smarty Jones' son.
By Josh Cook The son of Smarty Jones may be a long shot, but Backtalk (21-1) has two wins in two starts on the wet dirt at Churchill Downs. The horse, that is owned by Gold Mark Farm, LLC and trained by Thomas Amoss, won his first three career starts last year (including the Grade II Sanford...
July 29, 2012 - 6:50pm
A quick glance at the horse Robby Albarado will ride in the Derby.
By Josh Cook Dean's Kitten (18-1) is one of a handful of horses coming into the Derby off of a victory, winning the Grade II Lanes End Stakes on March 27. He has finished in the money in six of 11 career starts, with a first and second in three starts this year. The horse, owned by...
July 29, 2012 - 6:50pm
A quick glance at Rick Dutrow Jr.'s Derby entry this year.
By Josh Cook   This Rick Dutrow Jr.-trained horse has finished in the money in half of his six career starts. Homeboykris (17-1), who is owned a group of eight, will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez for the first time. This horse, who will start from the No. 19 post position, has $274,730...
July 29, 2012 - 6:50pm
A professional handicapper narrows the Derby field from 20 horses down to 6. See if your favorite horse is on his list!
I spoke with Ellis Starr, professional Handicapper and national racing analyst for Equibase, about his Derby picks. He picked 2 of the 3 Oaks winners and has an excellent track record for predicting winners. A public handicapper doesn't actually break your kneecaps. Instead, he picks horses for...
July 29, 2012 - 6:50pm
Here's a quick look at English import Awesome Act.
By Josh Cook   The English import has finished in the money in six of his eight career starts, including both times this year. Awesome Act (14-1) was third, behind Eskendereya and Jackson Bend, in the Wood Memorial, but won the Gotham Stakes on March 6. Both times jockey Julien Leparoux was...
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