Category: Horse Sense
D. Wayne Lukas arrived on the Kentucky Derby scene fairly quietly in 1981 when he saddled Partez, a member of the mutuel field, for a third-place run behind Pleasant Colony in the Run for the Roses.
The early weeks of the run-up to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands has been notable for the high regard in racing circles and Derby fandom bestowed upon several promising horses that are very light on experience.
The opening weekend of racing in “Road to the Kentucky Derby” Championship Series – races in which the rewards offered for success grew significantly in the new point system to determine Kentucky Derby eligibility – was tough to analyze, but easy to summarize.
With the first of a trio of Kentucky Derby Future Wagers behind us, fewer than 80 days remain until the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, which launches the 2013 Triple Crown series on Saturday, May 4 at Churchill Downs.
The bet that allows one to wager on a potential Kentucky Derby contender weeks in advance of the 2013 Run for the Roses opens the first of its three betting pools on Friday at Churchill Downs and across North America, and the best guess on the early favorite for America’s greatest race is not a major surprise.
It was just one stop on the long road to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, but last Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park was a dazzler.