2012 Kentucky Derby Picks, by the letters

Past performances. Speed figures. Race replays. Expert commentary. To each her own in the handicapping world. And “my own” means that it would be folly to contemplate Derby picks without a serious look at the horses’ names.

The 2012 Brooklyn Backstretch Derby picks, by the letters.

Alpha: This is a no-brainer, right? His name means “something that is first.” End of story.

Bodemeister: I can’t wager on a horse that sounds like something Jeff Spicoli would say.

Daddy Long Legs: He’s named for a bug. An elegant, graceful bug, but a bug nonetheless.

El Padrino: Sorry — had it with the Godfather jokes. Passing.

Hansen: The man named the horse after himself, and we really just can’t encourage that sort of thing.

Rousing Sermon: By Lucky Pulpit out of Rousing Again, scores big on pedigree points.

Sabercat: Need I say more?

Union Rags: Another high on the pedigree points scale: by Dixie Union out of Tempo. Rather brilliant, actually.

Went the Day Well: His former owner explains his name here; the redolence of history and the connection to his dam charm me. Anything that thoughtful gets  my money.

So based on this highly scientific examination, at least some of my money will go on Alpha, Sabercat, Rousing Sermon, Union Rags, and Went the Day Well. Feel free to leave your own naming rationalizations and/or wagering suggestions for these five.

Good luck to you, safe trips to all!

11 thoughts on “2012 Kentucky Derby Picks, by the letters

  1. Love this post but you should’ve had Dullahan on your interesting name list, the headless horseman of Celtic myths, where the Dullahan goes, mortals die….

    So I’m going with Union Rags (just a great story there), Dullahan and my sentimental long-shot pick Done Talking, whose ‘stablemate’ is running Saturday at Pimlico. Maybe Ham Smith will hit his own daily double 🙂

  2. Love this post but you should’ve had Dullahan on your interesting name list, the headless horseman of Celtic myths, where the Dullahan goes, mortals die….

    So I’m going with Union Rags (just a great story there), Dullahan and my sentimental long-shot pick Done Talking, whose ‘stablemate’ is running Saturday at Pimlico. Maybe Ham Smith will hit his own daily double 🙂

  3. I read the same piece re the naming of WWTD and was equally moved. And, I like anybody who tosses a phrase like ‘redolence of history’ – brava. My exacta, UR / WWTD.

  4. Linda, I thought about adding Dullahan…agree that he’s got an awesome name. Not sure my Derby wagering budget would support it, though. 🙂

    Thanks, Arne, and thanks for reading my article on Went the Day Well. That was a fun one to write.

    Jim: I bet foolishly. Win bets on Alpha, Union Rags, Trinniberg, Sabercat, Went the Day Well; exactas with them & Gemologist. Good luck to you!

  5. Teresa, did you see the Calvin Carter analyses on his website? I even questioned him beforehand about why he had not even considered using Union Rags. He had picked Bodemeister to win the Derby. But, I think it’s best if you and your readers read it for yourselves, rather than me relating it, because it is utterly amazing.

    http://classicchampionshipthoroughbreds.blogspot.com/2012/05/bodemeister-like-sire-empire-maker-has.html#comment-form

    Teresa, your story about Went The Day Well in Forbes was fantastic! I loved it!

  6. I guess I have to tell you. The five horses he selected and discussed for the Kentucky Derby only finished first, second, third, fourth, and fifth in the race.

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