This year I’m going to skip the preamble and go straight to my picks. One item of note however: I’ll be attending the sheep shearing festival at Blue Hill Stone Barns in the early afternoon. If the gambling gods are feeling benevolent, I expect to see some kind of event featuring a monkey riding a sheep. In accordance with the familiar proverb, “Aye the bare sheep is tamed by the monkey, all wagerer shall be wagering,” I plan to double my bets. Follow @rolfantlers for all updates related to this omen.
Some might call Harry’s Holiday (50-1) the Tiger Woods of Derby contenders. He was dominant early in his career, but has struggled more recently. Also, when this horse was married to Elin Nordgren, he slept with about a dozen different women.
Samraat (15-1) wanted to remember his trip to the Kentucky Derby so he’s been “lifecasting” the experience. So far all this has amounted to is Samraat’s hoof smashing three iPhone’s while trying to take selfies.
You might have seen Chitu (20-1) on a recent episode of House Hunters. If you’re saying to yourself, “I don’t remember an episode of House Hunters where a horse was looking for a starter home,” think harder. Don’t you remember that episode where a horse was the realtor? That’s right - Chitu was that realtor. (Fun Trivia: Chitu’s sire AP Indy appeared in Seabiscuit as “Seabiscuit’s Uncle.”)
Handicapper’s don’t like Vicar’s in Trouble (30-1) despite winning two of his last three races. Some argue that Vicar’s won his races against weak fields, while others don’t think he can go the distance. Most agree that Vicar’s looks pretty foolish when he races because his horse tongue hangs out the side of his horse mouth. Look past all of that. Vicar’s in Trouble is a fine horse and the best bet to win the Kentucky Derby.
Win: Vicar’s in Trouble
Prior Year Results
2013 Prediction/(Actual Finish)
Win: Normandy Invasion (4)
Place: Vyjack (18)
Show: Revolutionary (3)
Worst Bet: Frac Daddy (16)
2012 Prediction/(Actual Finish)
Win: Bodemeister (2)
Place: Creative Cause (5)
Show: Alpha (12)
Worst Bet: Daddy Long Legs (20)