Kentucky Derby dreaming in November rain


There’s no time like a rainy fall day to dream of a warm spring afternoon and the 2016 Kentucky Derby. With that,  contenders for the 142nd Derby could be on display in the Kentucky Jockey Club or, perhaps, the Golden Rod.

Race 9 | Grade II Golden Rod Stakes | 1 1/16 miles 

1. Stageplay

2. Dothraki Queen

3. Carina Mia

4. Dream Dance

Comment: Stageplay offers bettors the chance to single in the late pick 4. At most, I’d use the top 3 contenders. Dothraki Queen has a win over the oval and was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies behind two impressive ladies, Songbird and Rachel’s Valentina. Carina Mia won for fun at Keeneland after being beaten there by Stageplay. And Carina Mia could improve in her third start.

Race 11 | Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes | 1 1/16 miles

1. Mor Spirit

2. Airoforce

3. Gun Runner

4. Mo Tom

Comment: Flip a coin with the top two. Giving the edge to the Bob Baffert shipper because he’s won on dirt and at two turns. Airoforce works well on dirt, but has only turf experience. As the runner up in a Breeders’ Cup race, it’d certainly be no surprise if he gets the best of Mor Spirit. Gun Runner has upside at a little bit of a price.

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