Waiting for a star not to fallOn Monday night/Tuesday morning I dreamed that Team Valor International bought Verrazano because--according to the press release--founder and Chief Executive Officer Barry Irwin thinks the More Than Ready colt is the Messiah.
I don't know what the price was, but I have to imagine it was a hefty sum considering Coolmore has already bought into Verrazano, and he's now an undefeated Grade 1 winner and one of the top two choices for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
The dream probably stemmed from a conversation I had with Sean Feld outside the Keeneland Track Kitchen on Monday morning when we both lamented expecting to see something special this past weekend but didn't.
I know I told Joel Cunningham of Triple Crown Insider before the Florida Derby that I wouldn't make any excuses for Itsmyluckyday if he didn't win the Florida Derby, and I'm still not, but that doesn't mean he can't be my number one. He's still run the two fastest races this year (among males), and while Orb beat him on the square last out, I don't think Orb won in such a way that warrants me taking a third of the price on that foe. Verrazano is worthy to take money as well, but I can't give him most of mine as the favorite or second choice off a pair of 100 Brisnet.com Speed Ratings.
Goldencents impressed me in winning the Santa Anita Derby in the sense that I didn't think he had a race like that in him, but he does nothing for me as a Kentucky Derby prospect especially in the win pool where he will be drastically overbet because of the Rick Pitino connection. It's an interesting consideration because I could see him being as low as the third choice in the win pool but worse than fifth choice in the exotics.
I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed eating that burrito. I'll be back Wednesday with some Keeneland thoughts.