One day until my favorite day of the year... Derby Day! The first leg of the Triple Crown! Well, maybe not my favorite day of the year, but you get the picture.
I don't think this is the year we find the next Triple Crown winner, but there's always that chance, and that's what makes it exciting. Whichever horse wins tomorrow will already be 1/3 of the way there, and then the anticipation will really start to build.
The chances are never great, but I can always hope.
Look at last year... All three races were spectacular, but three different horses won. I'm not taking anything away from any of those horses, but all horse racing fans would love to see a Triple Crown winner in their lifetime... and I haven't had the chance.
Maybe it's time for a literal "dark horse"? This year's 20-horse field doesn't have any one horse that has a lot of hype around it. In recent years, there was usually one overwhelming favorite, but not this year. I know Big Brown has the best odds, at 3-1, but he hasn't raced that many times, and having the outside post isn't exactly lucky. Only one horse has ever won the Derby from that post... and that's over 130 years of history.
Looking back to 2007, one of the horses that was supposed to be a Triple Crown hopeful isn't even in the field. War Pass started off great, but couldn't buy a win towards the end of last year.
That's old news, though, as we focus on the present favorite. I personally don't like Big Brown, mainly because of his post. The rest of the field seems evenly matched. I guess I'll just have to wait and see with everyone else.
I don't need to know the winners anymore. I worked in Saratoga Springs for the past four years, and got multiple chances to go to Saratoga Race Course and take in the beauty of the grounds and horses. That's what it's about for me. Any chance to watch the best horses in the world in such a classic setting. I was able to see Street Sense and Rags to Riches last year, among others, and they were both a treat to watch.
As I won't be in Kentucky for the Derby, you better believe I'll be glued to the set at home or at a bar. I'll probably place a few bets, but never expect to win it big.
My picks: Colonel John - Z Fortune - Gayego - Big Brown