Ed DeRosa of Brisnet.com takes on TDN’s Steve Sherack and Brian DiDonato as they handicap Triple Crown prep races plus the big three races themselves. The three will make $100 Win/Place bets in the preps and $200 Win/Place bets in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Highest bankroll at the end wins.
DeRosa – Arkansas Derby Results – Charlatan (+$270) scored at short odds, but Silver Prospector was seventh in the second division. Bankroll: $2545.
GIII Matt Winn S. – Hoping the 10-1 price holds on Ny Traffic, who feels more like a 1 1/16-mile horse to me than the 1 3/16 miles he fought valiantly through in the Louisiana Derby. Forwardly placed runner benefits from Paco Lopez taking the call as well. Selection: #6 Ny Traffic (10-1).
Sherack – Arkansas Derby Results – Nice to finally get back in the win column, even at .40 on the dollar with Charlatan (+$270). Disappointing run, however, from Silver Prospector in the second division. Bankroll: $2155.
GIII Matt Winn S. – Pneumatic finishes off his races like a horse with a world of ability and he still has plenty of room for improvement off a pair of visually impressive victories at Oaklawn, led by a ‘Rising Star’ performance in his two-turn debut last time. Drawn inside, he could work out a dream trip just behind the two speeds and get the jump on the very talented and comebacking Maxfield. After tabbing Major Fed in his last two, and planning to make it a third straight following his Louisiana Derby fourth, I’m sure he’s heading straight to the winner’s circle on the ‘Sherack-off’ angle. Selection: #2 Pneumatic (4-1).
DiDonato – Arkansas Derby Results – Charlatan (+$270) proved the sure thing he looked to be on paper, but was maybe not quite as dominant as might’ve been expected given the lack of competition. King Guillermo (+$260) couldn’t run with Nadal, but gave a good account of himself. Bankroll: $3015.
GIII Matt Winn S. – Maxfield is the horse to beat off his crazy impressive Breeders’ Futurity win last year, but he’s a little tough to trust off the long lay-off. I’m also not going to take Major Fed because I assume Sherack will be back on him. So, it came down to ‘TDN Rising Stars’ Mystic Guide and Pneumatic for me. Looks like the former is scratching, though, so I’ll take Pneumatic. It’s just tough to knock what he’s done thus far and he’s bred to be any kind. Hopefully he offers a bit more value than the morning line predicts. Selection: #2 Pneumatic (4-1).