It seems as if the TCI boys are more impressed with losing efforts then winning ones, as their top two horses--Union Rags and Creative Cause--both lost their final Kentucky Derby prep races. Gemologist did move up to third off his Wood Memorial victory, but I'll Have Another is deep in ninth following a Santa Anita Derby triumph..I've already discussed my views on the weekend stakes action, so I won't steal too much more of TCI's thunder except to say that I think if you like Creative Cause enough to put him second then I'll Have Another deserves to be higher than ninth. He's run a faster race overall this year, and even though the Santa Anita Derby came back slow--it was a layoff and a big top, so I see I'll Have Another as more likely to improve off that effort versus Creative Cause who is going backwards in a shorter range of time.I'm torn on Gemologist and Alpha. The former seems a certain underlay to me come Derby day, but Alpha was close enough in the Wood that he's intriguing at twice the price. Sort of shades of Empire Maker-Funny Cide there (except back in 2003 I was all in on Empire Maker!). One thing's for sure: I don't like anyone behind either of the top two finishers in the Wood and Santa Anita Derby.The worst news of the weekend is that TwinSpires.com Triple Crown SHOWdown lost its last player alive for the $1-million when Currency Swap failed to hit the board in the Illinois Derby. Two players are now tied with 16 shares each and are in great position to win Kentucky Derby tickets. To convert those shares into cash, however, they'll need to successfully wager $20 to show on each of the Triple Crown races.I'll join TCI live on Wednesday at Keeneland following the Blue Grass draw, so that should be fun.
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