Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Derby (Win, Lose, or) Draw

Today was the draw for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. I Want Revenge has been installed as the morning line favorite at 3-1 from post 13. Dunkirk and Pioneerof The Nile drew posts 15 and 16, respectively, and are co-second choices at 4-1. Normally, we would be able to watch this on one of the ESPN family of networks. Not this year, since ESPN feels we need to have more Woody Paige and Tony Kornheiser, the draw was not televised.

Also, those of you wishing to see the best three-year-old in the country this weekend will have to go to an OTB or your local racetrack for simulcasting. That is because ESPN also pulled the normal Friday airing of the Kentucky Oaks. Hence, no Rachel Alexandra on Friday either. It truly boggles the mind how the supposed network of the sport of Thoroughbred racing can forgo covering the marquee weekend in the sport. Granted, they are showing some of the races on Saturday afternoon, but in light of what they normally do, ESPN is sadly lacking this year. Wonder if they will show the entire two days of the Breeders' Cup this fall, be it from Santa Anita or Churchill Downs?

Tune in tomorrow for some Derby picks from some of my announcing cohorts. For right now, I am Gone...GOODBYE!

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