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Old 04-28-2004, 02:16 PM   #1
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Derby field is set

Eddington and Rock Hard Ten are out, posts to be selected later.

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1 	MINISTER ERIC 
2 	MASTER DAVID
3 	FRIENDS LAKE
4 	IMPERIALISM
5 	ST AVERILL 
6 	ACTION THIS DAY
7 	WIMBLEDON
8 	THE CLIFF'S EDGE
9 	POLLARD'S VISION
10 	BORREGO
11 	SMARTY JONES
12 	READ THE FOOTNOTES
13 	BIRDSTONE
14 	LION HEART
15 	CASTLEDALE 
16 	TAPIT
17 	PRO PRADO
18 	SONG OF THE SWORD
19 	LIMEHOUSE
20 	QUINTONS GOLD RUSH
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Old 04-28-2004, 03:16 PM   #2
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This looks like the wide-open field everyone is expecting it to be. We could very easily be looking at a record-high-priced favorite on Saturday. I believe the record was set by Harlan's Holiday a few years ago at 6-1, but I could be wrong.

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Old 04-28-2004, 03:26 PM   #3
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Master David getting the 2nd pick should move his stock up a bit. Even Frankel can't(well shouldn't) screw this one up!!
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Old 04-28-2004, 03:33 PM   #4
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Predictions on post selections...LOL

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Old 04-28-2004, 03:38 PM   #5
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Funny how in an everyday race w/a normal sized field, the middle posts are usually the worst yet the Derby trainers would sell their souls for the 10 or 11 hole.
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Old 04-28-2004, 04:53 PM   #6
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No way the first post picked is gonna be the ten-hole. I think Minister Eric'll break anywhere from the 5 to the 7.

And I honestly do not think very highly of Master David in this race. In the Wood, he looked like a winner at the top of the lane, but just couldn't hold off Tapit, and barely hung on for second. He might rate just off the hot early pace, and might be there around the far turn, but I expect horses like Tapit, Imperialism, and The Cliff's Edge to circle him, as well as the tiring frontrunners, going into the stretch.
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NO WAY BIRDSTONE IS GOING TO GO OFF THE LONGEST SHOT ON THE BOARD .. 50-1 on Battaglia's Morning Line .. GIMMEE A BREAK!!!!!

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Old 04-28-2004, 06:01 PM   #8
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People may bet him a little more because of Zito, but on my line, he would be about 1,000 to 1! No chance, no way, no how!
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People may bet him a little more because of Zito, but on my line, he would be about 1,000 to 1! No chance, no way, no how!

I'll bet $20 and take that 1,000 to 1!
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Old 04-28-2004, 06:17 PM   #10
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I understand the difference between personal morning lines and track morning lines .. but on the official track morning line .. no way Birdstone should have been the longest shot on the line for the Derby .. it's even more bizarre that Birdstone is the only one listed above 30-1.
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I was going to give Limehouse a long look in this race at good odds. I have to rethink things with the 1 post is not what I wanted.......Do you think Santos has to send him.
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Old 04-28-2004, 06:35 PM   #12
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Is anyone else not surprised that The Cliff's Edge is the favorite over Smarty? On paper, these two are both very good horses, but Battaglia always seems to have a bias towards KY horses when he makes these odds-lines.

Tapit as the third choice? No way that's gonna stick. People are too much in awe of Dickinson for that to happen.

20-1 on Quentin's Gold Rush? He's breaking from the 20 hole, only has speed in his corner, will be battling with no less than five horses to his inside early on. And he's a shorter price than Birdstone? Makes no sense to me.
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Smarty Jones benefits from a tepid pace to beat Borrego by that huge margin of a length and a half. So Borrego is 20-1 while Smarty is 9-2???There's no logical way you should have an odds differential like that for a length and a half, esp. when Borrego may have been up against the pace.

It doesn't end there. Lion Heart sets a very fast pace only to get run down by a neck or half length and The Cliffs Edge is 4-1 and Lion Heart is 10-1. The Cliffs Edge saved every bit of ground on the second turn and benefitted from the fast pace. One thing about The Cliffs Edge, according to Davidowitz, he hates crowding. He avoided that in the Blue Grass but is almost certain to be crowded on Saturday.
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