As expected, there was a lot of movement in our Brooklyn Backstretch Road to the Roses League yesterday. I’ve begun my descent to the bottom, and Superfecta’s Sleipnir Stables has vaulted to the top.
Thanks to Brian’s previews and recaps, I probably know more about Derby hopefuls this year than I have any other year—but I’m still not seeing that horse that’s capturing my imagination, my heart. I like Old Fashioned, but I thought it was pretty cool that some relative unknown at 56 – 1 ran him down in the stretch. It’s a nice story that Friesan Fire has won all three preps at the Fair Grounds—it’s a good story, and my recent visit to New Orleans left me a particular affinity for horses that run there, and I’m pleased when the track gets attention. Maybe he’ll be my Derby horse?
I love that hometown Musket Man is racking up the victories at Tampa, and his run up the outside today was pretty exciting. I had a hard time, though, with Richard Grunder’s call—if everything from the first hoofbeat to the nose under the wire is called at the same high pitch, it’s hard to get a sense of when something noteworthy is happening. The Tampa Bay Derby was a great race, and it deserved a more nuanced call.
Not much to say about the San Felipe; Pioneerof The Nile ran a pretty good race and looked great doing so, but I’m so tired of seeing his name spell wrong—er, right—that I’m already dreading his next start.
So below are the standings as of Saturday evening, and I’ll check back later in the week with any updates.
Posting may be light/erratic over the next couple of days; I’m heading out on another Brooklyn Backstretch road trip, this time for points south, with upcoming reports from a couple of Ocala farms, the sales, Gulfstream, and possibly Tampa Bay, if I can squeeze it in. But by that point in the trip, I may just be at the beach.
1 Sleipnir Stables
2 The Aspiring Horseplayer Redux
3 Grevelis Racing Stable
4 Big Dreams Stable
5 Blake Griffin For President
7 Vision Stable
10 BrooklynSaint Stables
11 Triple Crown73 Stable
12 Brooklyn Backstretch
13 Green but Game Stables
13 New Jersey Derek
17 On the Lead