The local Kentucky Derby prep, the El Camino Real Derby, isn't even a Grade II anymore, so I'd probably not even mention it except that it's my local racetrack. The two favorites will, naturally, be the two "big" horses from down south, Pletcher's Connemara and Sadler's Ranger Heartley. Ranger Heartley has won over the track. A slightly longer shot will be Thomas Baines, who followed these two in the Cal Derby. These three will also take all the money, with Connemara the likely favorite. Who wants to bet three chalky horses for the trifecta? The Steve Sherman barn has been sizzling hot lately and both of his horses will probably get the best odds you'll ever see on them ... just sayin'.
Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta have both had good works getting ready for their big match-up in April. Zenyatta's slated to run in a prep at Santa Anita March 13. Chelle and I will be there!