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 – Haskell Result – Longshot Jesus’ Team was fourth. Bankroll: $4960.
Shared Belief S. – The Shared Belief could provide needed points to Cezanne and lagniappe to Honor A. P., so we’ll go with the horse who actually needs the points to compete in the GI Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. There’s more to it than that, of course, as Cezanne has both a tactical (front-end) and weight (-6 pounds) over his chief rival in what has become a compact field. Selection: #6 Cezanne (7-2).
Sherack – Haskell Result – Not exactly how you want to see a 3-5 shot win, but Authentic just hung on for a narrow decision after having a pretty easy time of it up front. Bankroll: $3425.
Shared Belief S. – With the expected late scratches of a couple of contenders, this can turn into an oddly run race for the remaining field of four. That being said, it’s awfully hard to make a case against who I firmly believe is the best 3-year-old in the country, even at a short price. Selection: #5 Honor A. P. (8-5).
DiDonato – Haskell Result – How in the world did they let Authentic get so loose? Dr Post always seemed under a ride and settled for third. I was a little surprised to see them choose the Haskell over Runhappy Travers given his grindy style, and would expect him to run a bit better at Churchill, though not sure he can beat the top few. Bankroll: $5125.
Shared Belief S. – I don’t see Honor A. P. losing this race and, given the current contest standings, there’s no real reason for me to try and get creative. Looking forward to the heavyweight match-up between him, Tiz the Law and Art Collector in Kentucky. Selection: #5 Honor A. P. (8-5).