Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Through Rain Splattered Goggles at Churchill. "Turf & Dirt" Top 21 for 4.26.2011

Through the raindrops, the Derby picture is becoming clearer. Out are THE FACTOR and JP'S GUSTO... in are SHACKLEFORD and TWINSPIRED.
The entries basically boil down to earnings and defections. As for picking the favorites, that is still a very muddy picture.
Silver Medallion and Anthony's Cross are on the bubble. With the way this year is going, my guess is they get in.

In the "never trust a trainer' category, Uncle Mo took to the track this morning at 5:45, despite the announced 8:30 work time. Something just doesn't seem right with hiding a Derby colt in darkness from photographers and reporters.

Of those who took to the track, none looked better than SHACKLEFORD. He seems to now be in the Derby with enough earnings. This son of FORESTRY is steadily improving. He looks big and muscular and is training beautifully after running second in the Florida Derby, and 5th in the Fountain of Youth before that. 
I'm going to put him in the "Turf & Dirt Top 21" at #5. Very impressive looking colt!
Shackleford gallops at Churchill Downs. Photo: Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos 1/800 @ f/3.5, iso 1000, 300mm, -1/3 EV

 ARCHARCHARCH was the best of the rest to gallop Tuesday. His question mark is distance. The ARCH colt nearly run down in the final strides of the Louisiana Derby by NEHRO. I'm going to put him in as T&D #4 this week.
Archarcharch at Churchill Downs 4.26.2011. Photo: Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos 1/1250 @f/4, iso 1600, 500mm

Rank HORSE (Sire)
1 DIALED IN (Mineshaft)
2 NEHRO (Mineshaft)
3 TOBY'S CORNER (Bellamy Road)
5 SHACKLEFORD (Forestry)
6 UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie)
9 SOLDAT (War Front)
10 MASTER OF HOUNDS (Kingmambo)
11 PANTS ON FIRE (Jump Start)
12 ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimeaux)
13 STAY THIRSTY (Bernardini)
14 SANTIVA (Giant's Causeway)
15 COMMA TO THE TOP (Bwana Charlie)
16 BRILLIANT SPEED (Dynaformer)
17 DECISIVE MOMENT (With Distinction)
18 TWICE THE APPEAL (Successful Appeal)
19 WATCH ME GO (West Acre)
20 TWINSPIRED (Harlan's Holiday)
21 SILVER MEDALLION (Badge of Silver)

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