Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let's Talk Derby

Now that the CashCall Futurity is history, Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert claims his fifth win in the Futurity and moves ahead of D. Wayne Lukas as the trainer with the most Futurity wins.

Lookin At Lucky is pretty much a lock to win the Eclipse Award for 2-year-old champion and, if he isn’t there already, moves to the top of most people’s 2010 Kentucky Derby list.

The Holidays have put me behind but I hope to post my Derby list sometime before the start of the New Year.

In the meantime, if you are snowed in and suffering from a bad case of cabin fever or you’ve just been Derby dreamin, you may want to check out the Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds website Sunday for a live 2010 Kentucky Derby Chat at 4 p.m Eastern Standard Time. It’s easy to attend the chat. Just visit the website and click on Chat located on the tool bar located beneath the Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds banner.

The chat is hosted by my friend Laura who is the creator of Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and also a frequent poster on the Daily Racing Form FormBlog hosted by Dan Illman. Laura regularly has chats at her website and most of the chatters are the railbirds that make posts on Illman’s FormBlog.

Noted author and pedigree analyst Rommy Faversham has visited Laura’s chat room and Mr. Illman (also a noted author and he’s pretty good on pedigrees too) occasionally stops by for a visit.

I don’t know if Faversham or Illman will be at Sunday’s chat but one thing is for sure: talking Derby is good medicine to cure your cabin fever blues and jumpstart you on the 2010 Kentucky Derby trail.

I’ll see you at the chat.


  1. Hi Calvin, Lookin at Lucky was most impressive and appears to be something quite special. But, BLIND LUCK ran an amazing race. She look absolutely MONSTROUS. Her times are equal to the colts at this phase of the game. Your thoughts?

  2. Anonymous,

    I agree.

    Blind Luck ran an awesome race and her time of 1:41.30 is right in the ball park of the time I like to see horses run 1 1/16 miles.

    I'm looking forward to see if she continues to move forward.

  3. Mr. Carter,

    Enjoy your writing and opinions, First time poster and long time fan/historian of this great sport. Looking forward to you Derby list, Hope you look outside the box and pick a few surprises. Two questions for you, Myself and a friend were discussing pedigrees yesterday and it was announced that Barbaro's baby brother, Lentenor, Was entered in the Tropical Park Derby(G3) at Calder on Jan. 1st. While still being a maiden after running two impressive races with nothing but trouble from start to wire and still hitting the board in both races, We were somewhat surprised on the bold move of Mr. Matz to enter Lentenor in this race, Grant you, It is a grade three race, But, The nomination list is quite impressive for just turned three year olds. He is taking almost the same exact route that Barbaro took(Barbaro won this race in 2006). Anyways, Lentenor is my long shot for the Derby, With that being said, Two questions for you. First, What is your opinion on Lentenor and are you surprised Mr. Matz has entered a maiden in a stakes race?(OK, That was two questions). Second, While discussing Lentenor, We asked ourselves if their has ever been three full brothers that has excelled like these three?(Yes, Lentenor is still a work in progress, Nicanor had two impressive wins on the turf then got injured before the Virginia Derby and will be back in the Spring, And, There is Barbaro, Really don't need to say much about him). Curious on your thoughts? Thank You in advance and keep up the good work---Greg J.

  4. Greg J.,

    Thank you for reading my blog and the nice compliment.

    I liked Barbaro too and he was my pick for the Kentucky Derby. As you mentioned, I did notice that Lentenor had troubled trips in his first two starts and still managed to finish in the money. I suspect that Michael Matz sees a spark of something that may be special in Lentenor and that is why he is giving him a chance in the Tropical Park Derby.

    If Lentenor runs well in the Tropical Park Derby he most likely will be on my next Derby list. Or, I may wait until after the running of the Tropical Park Derby to come out with my first Derby list – I’m anxious to see how well Lentenor performs.

    Greg, it is very rare for full siblings to have the same measure of success on the racetrack. Usually one of the offsping is the most outstanding and excels above the others.

    The best example that I could think of full brothers and sisters having much success were the colts and fillies produced by Danehill and Hasili. Their union produced five outstanding offspring:

    Dansili: 14, 5-4-3 = $570,686
    Cacique: 18, 7-5-1 = $1,462,331
    Banks Hill: 15, 5-5-3 = $1,824,008
    Intercontinental: 22, 13-3-4 = $2,052,463
    Champs Elysees: 29, 6-9-7 = $2,931,818

    Again, thanks for reading the blog. I’m looking forward to following the juveniles with you on the Kentucky Derby Trail.

  5. Greg - Calvin

    ..I'm a sporadic poster/reader...BUT

    I agree that Lentenor can be a special sort, as I too have been watching Barbaro's siblings from afar. ( ie..I'm not part of the Barbaro Blog)Nicanor took a bit to develope. It may be the same for Lentanor. But Greg (from a my novice opinion) I agree that Matz's decision is a bit more agressive than his normal, take some time, conservative route.

    Either way, I'll be keeping him on nmy Horse Watch to see what develops.
    A great question to ponder. Thanks!

    SR Vegas
    BTW...I also look forward to Calvin's derby watch list!