Author Archive: John Asher
Just short of five weeks since a dominant victory in the Kentucky Derby became the signature moment in the racing career of California Chrome, the opportunity to strengthen his legacy is now, depending on when you read this, just days or hours away.
The clocking is ticking toward California Chrome’s Belmont Stakes bid that could make the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner the first 3-year-old Thoroughbred since 1978 to win the elusive Triple Crown.
The 72-hour period surrounding last week’s 139th running of the Preakness Stakes was interesting for many reasons, but the respective tales of two horses provided the most compelling news.
The Kentucky Derby winner who has quickly become a “people’s horse” with his easy victory at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May pulled out of town on Monday morning, bound for a new challenge over a new track that could add further allure to his expanding public profile.
The long journeys to the 2014 renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks are in the homestretch and, with guidance offered by the standings on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and Oaks point system leaderboards, the fields for both races are mostly set.
It’s been written in this corner over the years that one could enjoy significant success in handicapping the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by simply searching for the horse that is the best story.
The first of 100 points-to-the-winner preps for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands last weekend locked down spots in the starting gate for the big race on the first Saturday in May, but did little to add clarity to the overall Derby picture.