While a lot of the attention (deservedly so) is on Saturday’s Epsom Derby, I’ve got to give a loud shout out to Friday’s spotlight race: the Oaks, a fillies’ Classic, also at Epsom, where the prohibitive favorite is Colima.

If you plan on wagering the Oaks (I’m there too), you’d be wise to check out some pretty damned good websites that provide historical race perspectives on all the horses running this weekend.

For those who don’t know much about Colima, go to derby.racingpost.com for more information. And not just  Colima. I used the site as a reference guide to my thoughts about how I would bet.

My major interest is in “The Derby,” Saturday’s race involving Camelot and Bonfire, the  two favorites…and Main Sequence, certainly an interesting third choice: derby.racingpost.com has all the back story and links for me to make my betting choice.

What’s really cool is the vote and bet section on the site. At the moment, Camelot is looked upon favorably by 46 percent of the vote (as of this writing)…pretty strong sentiment, I would say.

Click on the horse name and you get their records racing on flats… good information for a bettor like me.

Some final thoughts: I wish I could be there in person and if you’re in the U.K. and have access to what few tickets might be left, GO. It’s not just a race…it’s one of the  most prestigious events in flat racing anywhere, and it’s a pageant.

I know that Americans don’t have anything approaching this spectacle, save perhaps the Kentucky Derby. And as we approach the third leg of the American triple crown, my eyes are now drawn to the U.K. and this wonderful race.

I won’t tell you who I’m betting.

Saturday, and Friday…should be awesome.

What’s really cool is the site’s vote and bet box…listing


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