Ok. Now we have a problem, as bettors.
Eskendereya, whom I would have bet on this Saturday, in the 136th Kentucky Derby has been withdrawn.
Eskendereya, for those who aren’t aware of the horse, won the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Wood Memorial.
He would have been a strong favorite in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, but the colt was withdrawn from the first leg of the Triple Crown on Sunday because of swelling in his left front leg.
Damn it. Of course, we don’t want anything to happen to the horse, so it is right that he was withdrawn. Don’t get me wrong on that.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said at a news conference at Churchill Downs, “The horse isn’t lame. I wouldn’t call it that. He’s not uncomfortable; he’s slightly off. We’re hopeful that this is not career threatening.”
Pletcher still has as many as six horses eligible for the Kentucky Derby, as he tries to win the race for the first time. He has competed in nine of the past 10 Derbies with 24 starters, and his best finishes were seconds by 51-to-1 shot Invisible Ink in 2001 and 30-to-1 shot Bluegrass Cat in 2006.
“It is extremely disappointing, of course,” Pletcher said.
So who do we bet on now?
With Eskendereya gone, the probable Derby favorite will be Lookin At Lucky, who has won six of eight starts and was the champion 2-year-old in 2009.
Lookin At Lucky is trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert.
Watch this week for MANY MORE postings on the Derby.