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Chrome's Crown Chances

If California Chrome is to cross the wire first on June 7th he would be the first since Affirmed in 1978 to capture racing's seemingly impossible feat. There have been twelve others that have tried since 1978 and all twelve have failed by some way or another. Each horse was given the best opportunity to win and each horse came up short, whether it was the racing gods or whatever you want to call it they have kept the Triple Crown vacant for thirty six long years, and it's about time someone ends the drought. Whether it's California Chrome or not, well we will have to wait till June 7th to find out if he really is just as special as everyone thinks he is.

The twelve before him were all great horses that each had their own special qualities that made them the best of their generation; yet each horse crossed the wire a loser at Belmont. The Belmont really separates the men from the boys and with California Chrome looking to cross into the pantheon of greatness and immortalit…

Canterbury Selections/ Horses to Watch for 5/17/14

Race #1 Starter Optional Claiming  5 1/2 Furlongs  Dirt  Fillies and Mares 3 and up 
The Picks 
Terice #6 
Nokomis #3 
La Torera #2 
Race #2  Starter Optional Claiming  1 Mile and 70 Yards  For 3 year olds and up 
The Picks 
Oughterson #7 
Ivory Fudge #3 
Borealis Way #6  
Black Wing #1 
Race #3  Claiming $6,250  6 Furlongs  Dirt   For 3 and up The Picks 
Maggie's Guy #1 
Bonita Rock #6 
Qahr #8 
Race #4   Claiming $6,250  6 Furlongs   Dirt  For Fillies and Mares 3 and up 
The Picks 
Bertslittlesister #5 
Chappy Chick #7 
Our Black Beauty #2 
Race #5  Allowance Optional Claiming  6 Furlongs  Dirt  For 3 and up 
The picks 
Breezy Point #1 
Dakota Mac #4 
Ifoundmy Mojo #5  
Race #6  Maiden Special Weight  5 1/2 Furlongs  Dirt  MN Bred 3 year old Fillies 
The picks 
Naomi Ridge Esq. #10 
Crimsonexpectation #2 
Mattie's Vow #1 
Race #7  Allowance  5 1/2 Furlongs  Dirt  Mn Bred three year olds
The picks 
Evert #1 
Orange Thunder #3 
You Be Gator Bait #5 
Race #8  Lady Slipper Stakes  6 Furlongs  Dirt  Mn Bred fillies and mares 3 and up 
The picks 

Canterbury Opening Day Selections!

It's now the start of my favorite time of the year the Canterbury meet! The opening day card looks to be extra juicy and contentious, so here are my selections/ horses to watch for the opening day card at my favorite racetrack in America Canterbury Park!  
Race #1  Claiming $12,500  1 Mile and 70 Yards   Dirt  For 3 year olds and up 
The Picks 
Fist Full #3 
Al Musaddad #4 
Ella's Kitten #5 
Race #2  Maiden Claiming $12,500  5 1/2 Furlongs  Dirt  Maidens 3 year old fillies 
The Picks 
Swinging Moon #5 
Dthirteentheelement #7 
Sweet G #4 
Race #3  Claiming $6,250  5 1/2 Furlongs  Dirt  For fillies and mares 3 and up which have never won two races 
The Picks 
Sweet Stormy #4 
One Fine Lady #6 
Bring The Check #3 
Race #4  Allowance  5 1/2 Furlongs  Dirt  For MN-Bred Fillies and Mares 3 and up which have never won two 
The Picks 
Sky and Sea #6 
Rockin The Bleu's #4 
Blumin Sweetheart #2 
Race #5  Maiden Special Weight  5 1/2 Furlongs   Dirt  For MN-Bred Maidens 3 and up 

Preakness Top Four Chances to Win

1. California Chrome  
Lucky Pulpit- Love the Chase by Not For Love

Plain and simple this horse is going to win the Preakness. The race is shorter than the Derby, and the speed looks to be a little bit weaker in talent than it was in the Derby. I'm not writing him off as a Triple Crown champion yet, but I have a feeling after the Preakness everyone will be writing him off as the best thing since sliced bread. Though he took the roses I won't write him off as a Triple Crown winner until he crosses the wire first at Belmont.

2. Kid Cruz 
Lemon Drop Kid- Layreebelle

He's improving and he's won a race over the surface. I have been known to love the Federico Tesio Stakes winners and this colt is no exception. He has some serious closing ability, and with a race over the surface he's got the needed Old Hilltop experience. He's the type of closer that California Chrome hasn't faced before, and I think this colt could be very hard to beat May 17th.

3. Ride On Curlin 

Derby 140 Recap and Looking Forward to the Preakness

Derby 140 Recap  When the dust settled Saturday May 3rd, a Derby hero was crowned one that had four white socks and a flashy blaze. California Chrome seems to be a Derby hero we can all believe in, but unlike everyone else who thinks this horse is the next coming of Secretariat I have my serious doubts still about his ability. Sure he handed this Derby field quite the spanking, but there is serious concern that this horse will not get a mile and a half. Yes Victor Espinoza eased up on him, but that was close to fifty yards before the wire does that really have an impact on how the horse was running? He was obviously getting tired about halfway down the stretch, and if the race had been maybe a 100 yards longer Commanding Curve would've caught California Chrome. 
Don't get me wrong I think California Chrome is a very nice racehorse, but his sub-par Derby time is a fine indication that this crop of three year olds was far weakened by the dropping out of Shared Belief, Honor Cod…

The Final Picks!

Kentucky Oaks Plays   The Kentucky Oaks seems to be a lot more transparent this year than the Kentucky Derby, and handicapping this race should be a breeze. With speedy fillies like Sugar Shock and Fashion Plate the pace should set up for a closer or a stalker. They may all be running for second money here as Untapable seems to be unbeatable coming into this Oaks. 
Win Play: Untapable- I don't think anyone in this field is capable of beating this filly even if she doesn't exactly handle the distance. 
Place Play: Rosalind- Her strong closing kick could very well carry her to at least a second in the Run For The Lillies. 
Show Play: Ria Antonia- The longer the distances get the better it's going to be for her and with a decently fast pace expected here she should get the pace scenario she needs to at least run third. 
Longshot Plays: Unbridled Forever- Needed the race last out and could fill out the bottom end of the exotics.  Fashion Plate- She could very well take over this r…