Churchill Downs. Saturday May 5, 2018. Kentucky Derby Day

Selections and commentary provided by Bill the Thrill
RACE 1 )
 
Share the Upside – Was caught flat footed at the break in his debut, but he quickly hustled to the
lead and looked to be in total control. Santana backed off on the speed and when he asked, there
was plenty left in the tank. He is a son of the brilliantly fast MacLeans Music and represents his
owner/breeder, Hill ‘n’ Dale. There isn’t much in the way of conflicting speed signed on here, so, we
see him getting away with cheap fractions and shaking loose up front.
 
Crosswalk – Is a son of the insanely productive stallion City Zip ( RIP ) and he runs to his beautiful
pedigree. He is a scrappy colt who always finds himself in the photo. He tried winners in his most
recent and he laid a little further off the pace than he typically would, as they went crazy up front.
When Hernandez cut him loose, he had a ton and just missed . He is super sharp, has a heads up
rider, but won’t have the same sort of pace to run at today. A player nonetheless.
 
Once On Whiskey – Graduated going this trip in start number two for Team Baffert. He showed
improvement in his second start and seemed to appreciate the additional yardage. He is bred to run
on, but does well going a long sprint. His follow up works have been standard for this barn, fast and
steady. Winning rider Van Dyke returns. In with a shot.
 
Cove Blue – Is a son of Ghostzapper and looked rather ordinary at age two. He was shelved by
trainer Romans and given time to mature. He graduated in his first start at three and then tried a
couple of super tough spots in his first tries against winners. He latest was near impossible as he
attempted to wire a classy field in the Gotham. He gets back to a more reasonable looking spot this
day and has every right to wake up. His local preps have been incredible. He may be sitting on a big
one.
 
RACE 2 )
 
Big Gray Rocket – Was tagged as a good one with at age two. He tried this trip in The Champagne
and ran a well beaten fourth behind Practical Joke. He was away fourteen months prior to his next
start where he ran abysmally. He has since moved to the Al Stall barn and appears to be racing
himself back into shape. His latest ended a brief freshening period and he looked live through the
lane. He now stretches out to a one turn mile and looks ready to break through this condition.
Watch for him to lay close to the pace and make his own luck. Strong Choice.
 
Summer Luck – Has a ton of talent and has been spotted ambitiously by trainer Casse. Regardless
of the situation, he is almost always “ right there “. He does seem to have a bad case of seconditis
and that is cause for concern. We like the fact that his only lifetime tally came over this strip, going
the flat mile. Castellano is reunited and he looks like a top three play.

Bill Britton is an in-house author for IHRD

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