The Oaks And The Derby Are Here! *Open Thread*


While visiting Cuz’n Cindy, she asked if the Kentucky Derby wasn’t being run this coming weekend. Because our Spring has just begun (ahem), it really snuck up on me that it was almost MAY. So, the answer is: YES, the Kentucky Derby is this weekend, Sat. evening around 6:20.

But before they run the Derby, they run the Kentucky Oaks, the big race for the Fillies Friday afternoon. From the Kentucky Derby website:

Thirteen fillies will contest Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs and favoritism runs through Untapable, an overwhelming 4-5 choice on the morning line. She brings outstanding form into the 1 1/8-mile race and the bay filly will break from the far outside post with regular rider Rosie Napravnik.

Now of course, I have to support Rosie Napravnik. Not only is she a great jockey, but she has done a lot of charity work for Old Friends Equine Retirement, a wonderful organization near Lexington, KY. And here, Rosie talks about her mount:

And here is a great video of four victories by Untapable:

Beautiful horse, isn’t she? I am also going with Ria Antonia because Mike Smith is her jockey, and because she is gorgeous:


Post time is at 5:49 EST. Cannot wait!

And now on to the first race in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby. It’s a pretty big field this year, though one of my favorites, Hoppertunity, ridden by Mike Smith, had to scratch due to a hoof injury. Dangit. But I have a few others I like. Once again, I have to go with Rosie Napravnik and her mount, Vicar’s in Trouble. I mean, really – how could I NOT go with a horse with that kind of name anyway, right? Here he is:


Stunning horse, as is another favorite, California Chrome (here ya go, Helenk!). He is a BEAUTY, and a favored to win horse:

I’d say he ran away with it, and made it look easy, too. It will be interesting to see if he can repeat that performance on the Big Day.

There are a couple of other horses I like too, though one is for largely emotional reasons. That would be Wicked Strong, and ABC News has the story:

Wicked Strong has a built-in fan base for the Kentucky Derby. Like the entire city of Boston.

The colt named in honor of the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings figures to be among the favorites for Saturday’s race. He’s got the credentials, having impressively won the Wood Memorial at 9-1 odds.

Wicked Strong is owned by a Boston-based partnership that has pledged to donate 5 percent of any money won by the bay colt during the Triple Crown series to the fund set up for the bombing victims.

“It’s a neat thing,” trainer Jimmy Jerkens said. “Might be an extra force that will help us, if you believe in that kind of stuff.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yes, it is, and it is hard not to root for Wicked Strong considering.

The other favorite for me is Ride on Curlin, ridden by Calvin Borel. And does he ever have a great pedigree:

As his name implies, Ride on Curlin is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, North America’s all-time richest Thoroughbred with $10.5 million in earnings.


Curlin’s first crop just turned three in 2013, but he’s already sired a top-notch runner in Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice. A son of the remarkable Mr. Prospector stallion Smart Strike, Curlin promises to send out many more major winners.

Ride on Curlin gets the first part of his name from his dam, the Storm Cat mare Magical Ride, who finished third in the 2006 Adirondack at Saratoga. She has produced one other winner, Fanfare, also by Curlin and thus a full sister to Ride on Curlin. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yep, he should be something to see with that lineage.

The Kentucky Derby site has a really fun piece about a number of the horses running in the Derby when they were babies, “Before They Were Famous.” There are all kinds of great stories in there, but since I have already mentioned Wicked Strong, I have to share some of his story from the piece:

[…] But Wicked Strong did have one idiosyncrasy: a penchant for rearing up.

“He liked to spend time on two legs instead of four — he was a great rear-up horse,” Parsons said. “But not to be common, not to refuse to go forward, or not want to train. He did it in exuberance, in glee. He would rear up going to the track, and even when he was far enough along in training that he was galloping a good solid two miles, he would still pull up and want to rear up on the way home just because he thought it was fun.

“Fortunately, he had a rider (Alexis Rio Conde) who was very good and who thought Wicked Strong was funny. And so it didn’t upset him, it didn’t unnerve him, he never punished him for it. He just kept him in a straight line, so the horse was happy, the rider was happy, and it was really a marriage made in heaven.

“As long as the rider had their balance, and didn’t pull back on him, it was just like watching a dance.” […] (Click here to read the rest of this interesting piece.)

I bet that is something to see, and what amazing horsemanship by Rio Conde for being able to stay on him when he “dances” to the track. The entire article is just cool in terms of how these amazing horses started out in the world.

And post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 6:24, but there is lots of horse racing before that!

So, that’s it for me. You know where I am going to be on Friday afternoon and much of Saturday (after I go see my own horse, Jordan): watching the ponies run. Triple Crown, here we go!

Feel free to discuss this or anything else you wish, from some good news to the political. This is an Open Thread.


61 Responses to “The Oaks And The Derby Are Here! *Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    california chrome all the way

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – I hear ya! And he is the favorite for the race. Can’t wait to see how it goes!

  2. helenk3 Says:

    this is a must read. the best and brightest in military walking away due to backtrack policies

  3. helenk3 Says:

    Pat Smith being interviewed on Fox now. talking about how the backtrack bunch lied to her face in front of her son’s coffin over the video excuse

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Just makes me so sad, and angry, for these families. The lies, dissembling, and downright evasion, are an insult to them, and to us.

    • helenk3 Says:

      video of Pat Smith on FOX

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        It is just heartbreaking to hear her anguish, frustration, and anger. And she asked two questions which deserve answers: 1. was Amb. Stephens tortured; and 2. why is her government lying to her, and to us?

        Oh, and how they can claim that a MOTHER is not direct family is not only stupid, it is offensive.

        Thank you for this, Helen. Just breaks my heart for her…(I might add, again, to hear Brig. Gen. Lovell speak abt leaving those Americans without help saying we will never know if they could be helped, his tone of voice, says a lot…)

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Don’t know what took so long, but the Reps are finally calling for a Special Prosecutor for the IRS scandal:

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:


    WOOHOO! Rosie Napravnik won on Untapable! It was a beautiful, beautiful win, too. This is the second Oaks win Rosie has won. It was a beautiful, beautiful win…

    They just reported it was the second fastest win ever in the history of the Oaks – WOW!!!

  6. helenk3 Says:

    harry reid spews on select committee

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, good GRIEF. And HOW does he manage to work the KOCH BROS. into a rant abt a select committee?? He has just lost his mind (well, some time ago, I would argue)…

  7. helenk3 Says:

    Trey Gowdy on Greta now

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Caught him – he is something, isn’t he?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I also read that he is to head up the committee. I sure hope so, cannot think of anyone better. And note how he talked about getting people who are good at asking questions – not grandstanding. If he is the chairman and is allowed to choose the type of people he wants, and the Dems choose jerks who only grandstand and make foolish remarks then it will be obvious to anyone with a brain who cares about the truth and who doesn’t want the people to know.

      Go Trey!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You would think, Marge, but I watch these hearings and the Dems generally spend their time attacking their colleagues on the other side of the aisle, making sanctimonious proclamations, and generally dismissing the complete enterprise.

        That said, having someone like Gowdy, who does not suffer fools gladly, will likely not put up with that kind of crap. I can hear him interrupting them now with a comment like, “Is there a QUESTION in there anywhere?!”

        But yeah – I cannot imagine anyone better suited to head up such a committee!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          He would be super! And given the contempt he appears to have for fools, liars and hypacrites, need I mention the media is included, I suspect he would be able to put them in their place rather quickly.

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Marge, I know what you mean – same for me! And you are spot on abt Gowdy – he would indeed put them in their place!

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Today is not just the running of the Derby (and a bunch of races leading up to the Derby), but it is the Annual Leatherneck Ball, an event that raises money for scholarships for children of Marines and of the Navy:

    I have a niece married to an active duty Marine (currently deployed), and she has four kids. Glad to know they have this kind of resource available to them. And since my niece is a teacher, education is important to her. 🙂

  11. helenk3 Says:

    Trey Gowdy on Greta last night

  12. helenk3 Says:

    father of Navy SEAL on Hannity last night

  13. helenk3 Says:

    Dude now has his own comic strip

  14. helenk3 Says:

  15. helenk3 Says:

    oh oh dude did not even impress mika

  16. helenk3 Says:

    are JFK and backtrack from the same party?

    this article expresses my disconnect from today’s democratic party

  17. helenk3 Says:

    marge will like these

  18. helenk3 Says:

    this should go viral. a good example of the media of today

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I cannot believe a candidate got booted from a meeting for challenging the REPORTER. I don’t get why the candidate didn’t stand his ground. If ANYONE should have left, it was the rude reporter…

  19. helenk3 Says:

    according the white house visitors log, backtrack did debate prep on 9/11/2012.
    might be a clue to what he was doing during benghazi attack

  20. helenk3 Says:

    liberalism and msm on trial

  21. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    As y’all probably heard, after a VERY small protest of intolerant, close minded students and faculty at Rutgers, Condoleeza Rice decided to withdraw from giving the commencement speech there. I heard some of her comment this morning, and a friend shared this from Rice’s Facebook page ( ommencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.

    I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.

    Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.

    Another friend commented that he wished she hadn’t given in to which I responded:I wish she had stood her ground, too. I understand her sentiment, but it was like 50 students and a handful of faculty. Why would anyone capitulate to such a bunch of intolerant yahoos is beyond me. But it speaks VOLUMES abt Rutgers that there was NO hue and cry over having SNOOKIE give a commencement speech as opposed to a woman who pulled herself out of abject poverty to rise to the level of Stanford provost, National Security Director, and Sec. of State. It is truly their loss, and their blatant intolerance for anyone who dare think differently from them (that small loudmouthed group) says a lot, too. Maybe, just MAYBE, the students could have continued to learn, even as they were graduating, that having an open mind and hearing different voices might just be a GOOD THING.

    This intolerance from those who demand tolerance is astonishing. At this point, one can lose a job, property, and speech if it doesn’t fit a very narrow, rigid mindset. Perhaps some of these people with their sanctimonious attitudes need a refresher on what it means to live in a democracy with free speech and the right to believe/think what one wishes.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      She showed that she had “class” and a concern for the students who were graduating. “They” showed they had an agenda. Much as I was not a fan during the Bush years she showed herself as better than them. They showed no redeming qualities including a belief in the right of free speech – but then most liberals seldom do. In their minds you are “free” to agree with them or STFU. Disgraceful!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Marge, you said it – Rice does have class, and cares more for the big picture than the petulant ones who threw temper tantrum.

        I wasn!T fan during the Bush years either, but in all honesty, I didn’t give her a fair hearing either. Shamefully, I was too much like those RU students and faculty then…

        And Helen, you are right abt carson. Here is nother person who goy out f abject poverty through his own hard work nd intellect.

        Hmmm, maybe those people who didn’t want them to speak are just a bunch of racists! Hey, that’s what they would claim if the shoe as on the other foot.

  22. helenk3 Says:

    remember when kids learned to listen to both sides of an issue. they were trusted enough to make their own judgments. we really do cheat our kids out of a good education today.

    remember when they protested against Ben Carson speaking at a graduation. what lost for those graduates

  23. helenk3 Says:

    bad move backtrack, people like her more than you

  24. helenk3 Says:

    interesting timing

  25. helenk3 Says:

    wonder why harry reid never talks about these people

  26. helenk3 Says:

    Is this where we are in this country today? what a sad legacy we are leaving future generations

  27. helenk3 Says:

    my horse made FOX news today. his trainer in 77 years old so he knows what he is doing

  28. helenk3 Says:

    how much does it cost to go to college today? students prevented from hearing some people of intelligence but this is ok.

    does the word ripoff sound about right?

  29. helenk3 Says:

    did I mention

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – yes, he surely did, and what a great ride! For those who don’t know, California Chrome just won the Kentucky Derby. He has a GREAT story, too. His mother only cost $8,000, and was considered slow, and his father cost $2,500. Together, they made this amazing colt who just won the first leg of the Triple Crown.

      And, as Helen mentioned above, his trainer, Art Sherman, is 77. I’d say he did a mighty fine job!

      Oh, and Wicked Strong came in 4th. Nice showing for him, too!

  30. helenk3 Says:

  31. helenk3 Says:

    do not know if you have heard of these horses

  32. helenk3 Says:

    Judge Jeanne is on fire. when the video becomes available it is a must see

  33. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here is the video of the 140th Kentucky Derby – what a great race:

  34. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had a link that led to this Daily Mail article. I had a feeling that terrorism was involved in the missing Malaysian flight, and now 11 Al Qaeda members have been arrested:

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