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!