One of the major racing events on the world calendar managed to escape my mention until today and I apologize for that. The 2010 Investec Derby was held the morning of the Belmont Stakes over the course at Epsom in the United Kingdom.
You definitely are going to need to pay attention to the winner as the year progresses. Workforce's performance in the Derby was a classic in a classic. The horse won by a widening margin of seven lengths for trainer Sir Michael Stoute (his fifth Derby win) in just his third lifetime start. Jockey Ryan Moore didn't let the large lead that At First Sight built up as they entered the straightaway deter Workforce from his mission. He made all ten of those lengths and then demoralized the opposition with a bravura final two furlongs to prove that Workforce is going to be a force to be reckoned with as the year progresses. I also don't want to neglect to mention that Workforce set the stakes record time for the Investec Derby. For Moore, it was the culmination of a historic weekend. He had won the Investec Oaks the day before to complete the Oaks-Derby double at Epsom, something that had not been achieved since 2004.
Obviously, the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp will be a goal for Workforce and his connections. I know that Sea The Stars did not come across the pond last year, maybe we will have the benefit of seeing this champion on this side of the Atlantic at Churchill Downs come November. Here is the link to view the 2010 Investec Derby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj0_36H2sic.
Tune in tomorrow for more from They Are Off. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!