Keith of Triple Dead Heat asked yesterday in a comment, “Who’s going to win the Road to the Roses donation?”
An excellent question, and one that I can answer with certainty: Not I!
Superfecta’s Sleipnir Stables remains in the lead, but the ever-threatening Triple Crown73 is right behind her, in excellent position to swoop in for her second consecutive victory. Don’t forget that this weekend, both the Withers and the Derby Trial count in the contest and feature horses once on the Derby trail, so activate your stables!
This week’s standings:
1 Sleipnir Stables
2 Triple Crown73 Stable
3 The Aspiring Horseplayer Redux
4 Grevelis Racing Stable
5 Big Dreams Stable
8 Vision Stable
9 Brooklyn Backstretch
10 Blake Griffin For President
11 New Jersey Derek
12 Green but Game Stables
14 BrooklynSaint Stables
17 On the Lead
In news of Backstretch favorites, Numaany appears to have been sold out of the Dubai empire and is now racing at Hastings, in western Canada; he’s in on Sunday. Closer to home, Early Response, claimed from a friend of mine by Maggi Moss, is entered at Aqueduct on Saturday; he romped his last time out.
And Irish Blast, claimed from the barn of Allen Jerkens last fall, won his most recent start at Finger Lakes. This colt began his career with a win in December of 2007, and he reeled off a series of impressive races before getting injured a year ago. His races on the NYRA circuit have been dismal since then, and though we’re sad that he’s racing where we can’t see him, it was great to see that he returned to winning form on Tuesday.
Finally, thanks to the folks at Case the Race for identifying Brooklyn Backstretch as #7 in its top ten list of independent racing blogs for the Kentucky Derby. Given my oft-stated and fairly major lack of interest in the Derby, I have Brian Nadeau to thank for this distinction, because without him, there wouldn’t be a lot of Derby news around here. He’ll be back with analysis and handicapping in this final week of the Road to the Roses.