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Kentucky Derby Update

April 27, 2021

Writing the final chapter in Ennobling Encounters has preoccupied me, so I had to rush my picks for the Kentucky Derby. I selected as my top two picks thoroughbreds based on their pedigree favoring horses whose lineage could be traced to Tapit, Harlan’s Holiday, Medaglio D’Oro and Curlin. Post Position affected my selections also since Known Agenda is a better horse but the #1 post assures no more than a place/show finish for Hidden Agenda. The “sleeper” is the 50/1 longshot Hidden Stash whose trainer is a woman.

Post Position                   Trainer       # Starts       Pedigree     Jockey Odds

13 Hidden Stash             Oliver                 7            Constitution   Bejarano 50/1

14 Essential Quality        Cox                     5            Tapit           Saez 2/1

17 Highly Motivated      Brown                 5        Harlan’s Holiday   Castellano 10/1

3   Brooklyn Strong        Velasquez           5        Medaglio d’oro      Rispoli 50/1

1    Known Agenda         Pletcher             6           Curlin               Ortiz 6/1

Back in February there was a Futures Pool in which I could place wagers on the Derby. I wagered $6 on Essential Quality that will pay $56.40 if he wins. I wagered $2 on Hot Rod Charlie ($73.60).

On Derby Day I’ll wager $6 on a W/P/S wager on #13 and a $4 Exacta Box on 13/14. I’ll place a ten cent Trifecta wager on 13/14/17.

So for $10.10 I’m ready for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby!

Wish me luck!

Luck went to others:

Kentucky Derby 2021 Results and Payouts (Owner; Jockey)

1. Medina Spirit (Zedan Racing Stables Inc; John Velazquez): $1.86 million

2. Mandaloun (Juddmonte Farms [Khalid Abdullah]; Florent Geroux): $600,000

3. Hot Rod Charlie (Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing, LLC and Strauss Bros Racing; Flavien Prat): $300,000

4. Essential Quality (Godolphin, LLC; Luis Saez): $150,000

5. O Besos (Bernard, L. Barrett, Tagg Team Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds; Marcelino Pedroza): $90,000

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