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Friday, May 04, 2007
  Kentucky Derby Horses 1-10

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Here are the first 10 for tomorrow’s derby. As I said yesterday, this field is the best one in two decades. All the horses are training really well and seem to be in really good spirits based on this picture of Stormello. Coverage runs all day on ESPN for the first 9 races…switches over to NBC at 4:30 for the 10th race – the Kentucky Derby. At the bottom of the list I’ve posted a recipe from Makers Mark on the “PERFECT MINT JULEP”….so get yo dranks and start sippin! Now on to them ponys…..


1. SEDGEFIELD
Track Odds (Friday): 50-1
This horse is a turf horse not a dirt track horse, so I don’t really expect him to even show up on Saturday. Very ambitious 2007 thus far with 5 races under his belt. Won 1 and placed in 3 of them, but none of these races were worth a fart. The trend with him is to start off very very slow and then turn it on in the middle and end. Still though he’s not in the same league as these other horses. Hate to say it.

2. CURLIN
Track Odds (Friday): 7-2
Here’s your favorite. FUCKING MONSTER OF A HORSE. Big and strong yet inexperienced b/c he’s young. Has had only raced in 3 races in his life, BUT he won all of them including the Arkansas Derby. Runs a very average race from gate to finish line but his strength carries him well. With a 20 horse field I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets caught up in a pack and gets confused or is not used to his surroundings and slows up. Then again with a #2 spot he could fire out that fuckin’ gate and never look back. If he wins the Derby, this horse will have a good triple crown shot.

3. ZANJERO
Track Odds (Friday): 30-1
No, not Sanjaya although I did hear that the people voting to get him in on Idol are now pulling for Zanjero. Better horse than his odds show, that’s for damn sure. This is a great upset horse who hasn’t raced well in 2007, but has come close. He got run into the rail in the Blue Grass and it cost him a win, then again he wasn’t fast enough to push through. Not a lightning quick horse and not a horse who knows how to regulate the distance of a race – either too much too early or not enough late. Fancy pick for a longshot.

4. STORM IN MAY
Track Odds (Friday): 30-1
Enthusiasts are saying this horse is way out of his league, which surprises me b/c he placed (2nd) in the Arkansas Derby behind Curlin (way behind Curlin). Not much to write about this guy b/c he is so below average. He’s way back – bottom 10.

5. IMAWILDANDCRAZYGUY
Track Odds (Friday): 50-1
Awkward horse. Barely got into the Derby but he’s just a place filler. Good spot for him too so about the only real thing he can do in this race is muck it up for another horse. He has been known to flounder resulting in other horses being pushed off their race. No jockey really knows how to ride him that well – won a minor race in December but he was a late rush in a slow race. I suspect he’ll land in the 19th spot. He beats one horse.

6. COWTOWN CAT
Track Odds (Friday): 20-1
Good horse who is as much of an underdog as Alf running for president. I like him though b/c he’s won two in a row and his last one (Illinois Derby) where I believe he lead from the start, straight out the gate. Big horse with smarts and has the ability to run with the speed of the pack. If it’s a slow pace (which it wont be) expect him to do well. Probably a top 8 finisher.

7. STREET SENSE
Track Odds (Friday): 4-1
Here’s your other favorite. This horse will do well in the Derby – top 3 finisher for sure. Churchill Downs is his home track and the dirt track here is his jam. His last race was on a different kind of dirt and he placed, the last time he came from a different kind of dirt (they call it Polytrack) to regular dirt – he flipped the fuck out and scorched all the other horses with a gigantic finish lead. Only raced twice this year so far but both were badass. In the 7 spot, watch for this dude to keep with the leaders for most of the race and then scorch it at the end. I like his style more than I like Curlin – so even though he’s just behind Curlin in odds – watch him to strong arm a ho and come out with a cloak of roses!

8. HARD SPUN
Track Odds (Friday): 15-1 (watch this to drop tomorrow)
You are now entering a spin zone. Another top 3 finisher for me. LONG time off at 6 weeks currently, so he’ll be prime ass prime for a good race. I think his trainers did this purposefully b/c the question mark his whole life has been distance – with the extra time off, a mile and a quarter is nothing for this dude. This week’s training has been superb as well so all the moons are aligning for yo’ ass to get HARD SPUN! Picking this dude at your Derby party will make everyone think you know what you’re talking about until he comes in 9th and you look like a dumbass.

9. LIQUIDITY
Track Odds (Friday): 30-1
Liquid shitidity. Don’t waste your time with this horse. Out of his league big time. If he does run well through the first half of the race, which he always does, he’ll get tired around turn three and poof he’ll drop all the way back to the bottom of the pack. He always fades. This was his season to bulk up and win some after a disappointing 2006 but he just hasn’t done shiz in 3 races. He’s below the 15 spot.

10. TEUFLESBERG ***pictured***
Track Odds (Friday): 30-1
Way better horse than his odds. He is the true definition of a WORK HORSE. He raced 11 times last year, which is insane and won 3. Already one more money this year than he did all of last year and should do decent here in the Derby. Watch him to be middle to front of the pack the whole race. Don’t think he has the afterburners to flip on around the last turn, so he’ll pull in somewhere around 9 or 10. On certain days though, he’s fast as shit – so don’t be surprised if he gets a good jump out the gate to do damn well.


The Perfect Mint Julep

1 liter Maker’s Mark
Lots of fresh spearmint leaves
1 cup distilled water
1 cup granulated sugar
Powdered sugar for garnish
Mint sprigs for garnish


1. To prepare the mint extract, remove about 40 small mint leaves – wash and place in a small mixing bowl. Cover with 3 ounces of Maker’s Mark. Allow the leaves to soak for 15 minutes. Then gather the leaves in a clean, soap-free piece of cotton cloth and vigorously wring the mint bundle over the bowl of whisky. Dip the bundle again and repeat the process several times. Then set aside.

2. To prepare the simple syrup, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and one cup of water in a cooking pot. Heat to dissolve the sugar. Stir constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

3. To prepare the mint julep mixture, pour 3 1/2 cups of Maker’s Mark into a large glass bowl or glass pitcher. (Pour the remaining whisky from the liter bottle into another container and save it for another purpose). Add 1 cup of the simple syrup to the Maker’s Mark.

4. Now, begin adding the mint extract 1 tablespoon at a time to the julep mixture. Each batch of mint extract is different, so you must taste and smell after each tablespoon is added. You may have to leave the room a time or two to clear your nose. The tendency is to use too much mint. You are looking for a soft mint aroma and taste – generally about 3 tablespoons.

5. When you think it’s right, pour the whole mixture back into the empty liter bottle and refrigerate it for at least 24 hours to marry the flavors

6. To serve the mint julep, fill each glass (preferably a silver mint julep cup) half full with shaved ice. Insert a sprig of mint and then pack in more ice to about an inch over the top of the cup. Then, insert a straw that has been cut to one inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the mint when sipping the julep.

7. When frost forms on the cup, pour the refrigerated julep mixture over the ice and add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to the top of the ice. Makes 26-30 servings.
 

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