Revenge seekers have tall task

Saturday’s nationwide offerings in the world of horse racing make it the most exciting day in our fair sport thus far in 2009.  There are 13 graded stakes and five Grade Is, including Ky Derby preps like the Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby and the Illinois Derby (G2).  The headliners in the SA Derby and Wood, Pioneerof the Nile and I Want Revenge, are both considered major players on the Derby trail.  Neither have to win today but their trainers, respectively, would probably like to see them stay sharp.  The latter will be expected to exhibit the same ability on conventional dirt that he showed last time in winning the Gotham by a pole.  He earned a gigantic Beyer figure of 113 for that victory, so it seems completely reasonable to believe he’ll regress today.  If that occurs, it would seem that Imperial Council or West Side Bernie might be in position to pick up the pieces.

Good luck with the Saturday stakes events.  Here’s who we like:

Excelsior: True Resurgence
Ashland: Be Fair
Ill Derby: Nowhere to Hide
Wood: Imperial Council
Skip Away: Finallymadeit
SA Derby: Chocolate Candy
Carter: Tale of Ekati
Apple Blossom: Seventh Street
Oaklawn Hdcp: Prom Shoes

Who do you like?

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