• Triple Crown Insider Weekend Preview

    POSTED Mar 9, 2012
    The TCI boys are back ahead of a big weekend of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands prep races, so check out the valuable insight and then head on over to Road to the Roses to change your power horses and TwinSpires.com to participate in rounds 6, 7, & 8 of Triple Crown SHOWdown, featuring 133 people still alive for the $1-million top prize and everyone else playing for a share of $10,000 by sweeping show bets on the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont.

    As you'll hear in the Triple Crown Insider video below, I had thought the Tampa Bay Derby was as easy as TCI, but then trainer Pat Byrne said Friday afternoon that he planned to scratch Take Charge Indy in favor of the Florida Derby in three weeks. Now it's an inscrutable 11-horse scramble that leaves entry-level allowance winner Spring Hill Farm as the most likely favorite with Prospective and Battle Hardened the logical choices as well. While I certainly envy the position the 133 players are in who could win $1-million, I don't envy the choice they now have to make for show in the Tampa Bay Derby. Take Charge Indy was a gimme. I'll be cheering for Prospective (200-to-1 future wager) and Chief Energy (a fantasy team horse plus he's by Ghostzapper).

    On the plus side, TCI's scratch makes room for another San Felipe entrant on my Road to the Roses Power Stable. I'm bullish on the West Coast talent this year and loaded my stable up with SoCal stars thinking some would ship out, but five of them (Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Empire Way, Midnight Transfer, and Rousing Sermon) ended up in this spot. I'll use EW, MT, and RS in a contrarian manner.

    And for more on the San Felipe Stakes, check out Toga Tout where everyone's favorite stable deep throat lists Creative Cause and Midnight Transfer as his top picks with some love for Blingo and Liaison as well.

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